Reflecting on the Biggest Ransomware Attacks of 2017

I saw an article today curating news from some of the largest ransomware viruses that threatened home computers and corporations worldwide in 2017. As I was reading and reflecting on these, I realized that the sad part is, cyber security threats from external attackers are a daily worry for all organizations, as evidence by the many headline-grabbing ransomware data breaches of 2017 such as WannaCry and Bad Rabbit.

In case you missed those:

  • WannaCry was a ransomware attack on Microsoft Windows operating systems that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Yikes. This malware infected Windows PCs by locking the user out of accessing their files and data and demanding a payment – of about $300 - in the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, or otherwise potentially losing all data.
  • The Bad Rabbit ransomware attack hit in Russia and Eastern Europe, targeting news media companies and some transportation companies such as Airport of Odessa in Ukraine.

Reflecting on what happened in 2017 was a bummer. But my even sadder realization is that there’s no doubt that we will hear about more of these ransomware cyber threats in 2018 as well. So I thought it was a good time to remind you how Quest can help with ransomware attack mitigation, even in the very final stages of a breach, with our InTrust and Change Auditor solutions!

This short three-minute demo shows how you can use InTrust and Change Auditor for Windows File Servers to minimize the damage of a ransomware attack, without a specialized malware detection solution in place.

Here is a link to the video, or I've embedded it so you can watch directly from the blog.