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双重勒索勒索软件攻击

In recent years, ransomware attacks have steadily been on the rise. These incidents—which entail cybercriminals compromising a device or server and demanding a large payment be made before restoring the technology (as well as any data stored on it) for the victim—are one of the most damaging cyberattack methods, 每次事故平均损失总额为100万美元.

As these attacks become increasingly common, numerous ransomware techniques have also emerged. 具体地说, double extortion ransomware attacks are now a potential cybersecurity concern for organizations across industry lines. This technique follows a similar protocol to that of a typical ransomware attack, but comes with an extra threat—the victim must pay a ransom not only to regain access to their technology and data, 同时也防止这些数据被公开上传到网上.

双重勒索勒索软件攻击尤其令人担忧, seeing as these incidents can further pressure organizations to comply with ransom demands in order to keep their data private. Review the following guidance to learn more about how double extortion ransomware attacks work and what your organization can do to prevent such an attack.

双重勒索勒索软件攻击如何工作

To outline the general framework of a double extortion ransomware attack, 这种技术开始像大多数其他勒索软件事件, in which a cybercriminal first gains access to their target’s device or server—often via phishing scams, 不安全的网站或恶意附件. 从那里, the cybercriminal is able to compromise the victim’s technology and encrypt data stored on it. Then, the cybercriminal delivers their ransom demand and accompanying consequences for noncompliance.

Contrary to a typical ransomware incident, however, these consequences are twofold. 这是, failing to pay the ransom could result in the cybercriminal both permanently restricting the victim’s access to their technology and sensitive data, 以及在互联网上公开分享这些数据. Although double extortion ransomware attacks can occur at any organization, these incidents are most common within establishments that store a considerable amount of sensitive data. 这包括卫生保健设施, 金融机构, 政府机构和大型零售企业.

Double extortion ransomware attacks can be significantly more damaging for affected organizations than typical ransomware incidents. 这是因为即使组织有适当的协议(e.g., storing data in multiple secure locations) that allow them to recover their compromised information without paying a ransom, they may still be pressured to do so in order to keep their data from going public. 毕竟, a data breach can lead to further ramifications—including reputational damages, 监管罚款和集体诉讼.

更重要的是, cybercriminals who conduct double extortion ransomware attacks are known to demand higher ransom payments, sell or trade stolen data to other attackers for future extortion attempts and still move forward with sharing data publicly even after the ransom is paid (whether on purpose or by accident)—making these attacks all the more damaging.

防止双重勒索勒索软件攻击

当涉及到打击双重勒索勒索软件攻击, it’s important to prioritize standard ransomware prevention measures. This includes conducting routine employee training on how to detect potential ransomware risks (e.g., 可疑邮件或附件), implementing policies that prohibit browsing nonsecure websites on organizational servers or devices, and installing adequate security features on all workplace technology (e.g., 虚拟专用网络, 反病毒程序, 数据加密软件, 电子邮件垃圾邮件过滤器, Internet防火墙和补丁管理系统).

除了这些关键的预防措施之外, the best course of action for reducing double extortion ransomware attack risks is to establish an effective cyber incident response plan for your organization. This plan should explicitly address double extortion ransomware attack scenarios and outline steps that employees should take to limit the damages during such an event.

最后, it’s vital to secure appropriate insurance coverage for ultimate peace of mind in the event of a ransomware attack. A dedicated cyber insurance policy can offer much-needed support and resources when an attack occurs, minimizing the potential damages and financial impact on your organization.

For additional risk management guidance and insurance solutions, contact us today.

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