What are the Most Popular Methods [Vectors] Used for Ransomware?
What are the most used vectors for ransomware?
What is a ransomware attack?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that puts your most important files at risk by encrypting them and demanding a ransom for their return. While ransomware can be used to target any type of device, it’s most commonly used against computers running the Windows operating system.
There are two main types of ransomware: lock screen ransomware and crypto-ransomware.
Lock screen ransomware prevents you from accessing your device, while crypto-ransomware ransomware encrypts your files so that you can no longer access them. In either case, the attackers will demand a ransom to restore access to your device or files.
Ransomware attacks often come in the form of phishing emails or infected websites. Once you click on a malicious link or download a malicious attachment, the malware will install itself on your device and begin encrypting your files. It’s important to note that even if you pay the ransom, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your files back—so it’s always best to avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading unknown attachments.
What are the most used vectors for ransomware?
There are many types of ransomware vectors:
Email attachments are the most common type of ransomware vector. Attackers will send out mass emails with an attachment that contains malware. When the user opens the attachment, the ransomware will start encrypting their files.
Malicious sites are another common type of ransomware vector. Attackers will create a website that looks legitimate but contains malware. When the user visits the website, they will inadvertently download and install the ransomware.
Drive-by downloads are another type of ransomware vector. This happens when a user visits an infected website and the malicious code automatically downloads and installs itself onto their computer. The user may not even realize that they have been infected until it is too late and their files have been encrypted.
Infected removable media:
Infected removable media is the fourth type of ransomware vector. This can happen when a user inserts an infected USB drive or other removable media into their computer. The malware on the drive will then start encrypting the files on the computer’s hard drive.
Phishing emails are a type of ransomware vector where the attacker will send out an email that looks like it is from a legitimate source. The email will contain a link or an attachment that, when clicked on, will download and install the ransomware onto the user’s computer.
Malicious ads are another type of ransomware vector. These are ads that look legitimate but contain malware. When the user clicks on the ad, they will inadvertently download and install the ransomware.
Exploit kits are another type of ransomware vector. An exploit kit is a software package that attackers can use to take advantage of vulnerabilities in websites or software programs. When a user visits an infected website or runs a vulnerable program, the exploit kit will automatically download and install the ransomware onto their computer.
Remote Desktop Protocols:
Remote Desktop Protocols are another type of ransomware vector. Attackers can use these protocols to gain access to a user’s computer and then install the ransomware.
USB is another type of ransomware vector. This can happen when a user inserts an infected USB drive or other removable media into their computer. The malware on the drive will then start encrypting the files on the computer’s hard drive.
Ransomware attack protection services:
At ExterNetworks, we firmly believe that no company is too small to be the target of a ransomware attack. We offer comprehensive protection services against these attacks, designed to keep your data safe and your business running smoothly. Our team of security experts will work with you to create a customized plan that fits your specific needs and provides the highest level of protection possible.
Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more common, as they are an easy way for criminals to make money. These attacks can be devastating for businesses, as they can lead to loss of data, decreased productivity, and damage to reputation. ExterNetworks offers a full range of services to protect against these attacks, including malware removal, data backup and recovery, and incident response planning. We also offer training for your staff on how to avoid becoming victims of these attacks in the first place.
Don’t let a ransomware attack take down your business – call ExterNetworks today!