The Double Whammy Ransomware (KnowBe4)

Dec 12, 2016IT, Security, Virus/Hacking Alerts, Web, Yourtechcompany

There’s been a recent surge of ransomware development lately, increasing the need for everyone to be safe online.

In recent news, a new strain of ransomware has been discovered called Goldeneye, which increases your computer twice – all of your files, and the Master File Table separately.  What does this mean?

That you will potentially have to pay the ransom twice, should you fall victim.

As reported by the KnowBe4 Blog this email comes in the form of two attachments, masquerading as an innocent request to fill out a job application: A PDF and Excel file that each need to be opened. Even upon being opened, they don’t make it sound too malicious when they request you change settings that allow the malicious code to be run on your computer, targeting unsuspecting or unaware victims. Each file runs a separate ransomware virus, leading to two ransoms that the victim would be required to pay.

Get the full story written by KnowBe4 along with screenshots and links here:

So, how to stay safe against Ransomware attacks?

  1. Always make sure you have multiple backups of your computer files, stored off of your PC.
  2. Make sure you always have comprehensive security software installed.
  3. Keep your operating system and software updated, because they will try to take advantage of vulnerabilities present in older versions.
  4. Be wary of emails you get, especially if they have attachments. Only open the email if you are expecting the attachments, and even then double check to be sure.