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‘Ransomware’ the big headache for Microsoft in 2022: How do you fight it

Redmond (Washington, USA) – if any knocked on your door and introduced himself as post office postman with fake mustache and wig, will you open the door for him, will you pick up the package he is going to deliver and see what is inside that box ?

Your first answer is probably “no” because you’ll be able to completely separate your typical mailman, but what if his characterization was enough to make you suspicious? What if there was a professional makeup artist behind so you fell into the trap?

same thing happens to him ransomwareA type of malware that accesses your email or mobile via a link or file and encrypts files on your computer with the sole purpose of making you pay for that ransom.

The amount that these cyber criminals request The average user starts with 200 to 500 dollars in bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency (200 to 500 euros at the current exchange rate) and pays 40% to 60% of that amount. To be able to recover this information, according to Microsoft.

as confirmed by the forum RansomSo far they have been paid in 2022 $11,727,688.23 million in ransom… a number that is not increasing day by day. are among the most popular Cuba, Conti, Reville/Sodinokibi y Darkside,

Types Of 'Ransomware' And Ransom Payments By December 2022.

“if i had to say the big cyber security threat that gives me a headache is ransomware, Definitely. It affects users of all ages and since they usually don’t request large amounts from the average user, people end up paying.” Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft is responsible for cyber security globally during future of security of the company, an event that took place in Redmond, the headquarters of the multinational, where the latest trends in this matter have been revealed and in which the keys to this type of attack have been revealed.

,It’s a whole new economy specializing in cybercrime. It is a kind of assembly line, where workers specialize in different stages of the same“, keep going.

just last year Microsoft prevented 70 billion attacks (of which is ransomware) why 971 million attacks per second are located, In fact, the number of cyber attacks is set to increase by 50% in 2021 alone, which is a far from modest number, especially considering that on average one victim 287 days to recover In situations like this.

Development of ransomware: From malware operated by machines to systems operated by people

Ultimately, the closer you stick to natural language, the easier it is for the user to fall for it. For this reason in recent years ransomware has increased by 120%, In fact, These types of techniques have also become more sophisticated and targeted.,

“Los attack ransomware moved from being operated by machines to humans, That’s why they’ve gotten so big and so successful,” explains Rob Lefferts, CVP Modern Protection & SOC.

Rob Lefferts, Cvp Modern Protection & Soc.

a) yes, They’ve gone from attacking individual systems to large companies And, for this, they customize the attacks individually through a human. This also Information encryption is highly calculated and targeted to the victim Specific. All this causes losses that are sometimes irreparable in a business, so there must be a single solution for the whole company.

“They attack For weeks, ensuring there is an outage is devastating to business as it ensures and increases the chances of bailouts“, explain Tanmay Ganacharya, Microsoft’s partner director of security research.

“Now it affects Critical Infrastructure, Global Supply Chains and SystemsSo it is a priority for governments and the private sector,” explains Ganacharya.

The figures are frightening: one third of the attacks ransomware they succeed.

What is Microsoft doing to fight this? ransomware

,Cyber ​​criminals are adapting and finding new ways to implement their techniques, increasing the complexity of how and where they host company infrastructure.“, Understand Amy Hogan-Burney, Director General of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), who also previously worked for the FBI.

division directed by Hogan-Burney within the company is dedicated to accurately identifying and Identify new techniques used by attackers to attack their victims and prevent them from accessing the user The last. So in the last one year they’ve identified and eliminated more than 531,000 Attack Links phishing,

“Our unique experience and insight into cybercriminal networks allows us to uncover evidence for police and help them track down these cybercriminals. They can eavesdrop on your company mail in less than 4 days“, Highlights.

But one of the issues that is of most concern right ransomwareFor this ability to reach all kinds of victims: from hospitals to governments, including companies or users.

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“Attacks affect organizations of all sizes and it’s overwhelming because Are motivated by economic or geopolitical reasons to pursue and develop new technologies, At the same time, from the perspective of defenders like us, the teams trying to protect those companies can feel resource constrained, overwhelmed by incoming attacks, and often faced with an overwhelming set of tools to deal with them. Have to.” Hogan says- Bernie.

In fact, as he points out, it’s actually “Frustrating” on many occasions as cyber criminals are based outside the jurisdiction Which they are likely to reach and are difficult to catch.

A Holistic Security: The Only Way to Prevent It ransomware

The problem is that, once the victim is infected, it is very difficult to access the information which they use to blackmail him and collect the ransom if he does not pay it . so focusing on a system from Microsoft “holistic prevention” so that this does not happen,

passed 4 teams who have total 11.000 people: The dcuto find new ransomware and see how its infrastructure is; MSTIC, your savior, that monitors new types of malware and families; Microsoft 365 Defender, Defender for the Cloud, and Microsoft Sentinel, which are security systems that protect users; And this DartWhich helps in case of affected customers.

“Every day we have 43,000 trillion signals that alert us to a possible attackWhich are many. Microsoft analyzes them and finds out whether they are harmful to the user or the company“, explains Lefforts. Specifically, as published computerhoyit is produced 338.4 million attacks attempted ransomware,

“Such threats They have been trending upwards for more than 5 years, and this year continues the trend, compared to exceptionally high spikes in 2021Says SonicWall CEO VanKirk,

Thanks to all this, the success rate of cyber criminals has dropped drastically, as they are not able to attack victims or organizations.

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