June’s Most Wanted Malware: RoughTed Malvertising Campaign Impacts 28% of Organisations

June’s Most Wanted Malware: RoughTed Malvertising Campaign Impacts 28% of Organisations

Check Point’s latest Global Threat Impact Index revealed that 28% of organisations globally were affected by the Roughted malvertising campaign during June.

A large-scale malvertising campaign, RoughTed is used to deliver links to malicious websites and payloads such as scams, adware, exploit kits and ransomware. It began to spike in late May before continuing to peak–impacting organisations in 150 different countries. The top affected companies were in the education, communications and retails & wholesale sector. The malvertiding related infection rates spiked in recent months as attackers only have to compromise one online ad provider to reach a wide range of victims with little effort as there is no need to maintain a heavy distribution infrastructure for the malware. read more

10 Steps for Protecting Yourself From Ransomware

10 Steps for Protecting Yourself From Ransomware

If you’ve been listening to the news at all the past couple of weeks, you have undoubtedly heard of a number of companies being affected by ransomware.  The recent surge in this form of cyber attack has many organizations and users understandably concerned. And you should be. Ransomware is nasty stuff.
But with some careful preparation, you can significantly lower your risk of being infected, and reduce the impact on you or your organization should you get hit.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware that infects devices, networks, and data centers and prevents them from being used until the user or organization pays a ransom to have the system unlocked. Ransomware has been around since at least 1989, when the “PC Cyborg” trojan encrypted file names on a hard drive and insisted users pay $189 to have them unlocked. In the interim, ransomware attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, targeted, and lucrative. read more