Ransomware Rising Sharply In 2015

Ransomware Rising – Keep These Costly Viruses Off Your Network

In 2013, there were only two ransomware families: Cryptolocker and Cryptowall.

In the first half of 2015, nine new ransomware families emerged:

  1. CoinVault
  2. TeslaCrypt
  3. Cryptofortress
  4. PClock
  5. AlphaCrypt
  6. El-Polocker
  7. CoinVault 2.0
  8. Locker
  9. TOX

Ransomware remains highly lucrative for hackers. These viruses continue to evolve and have been refined to the point where they are now completely automated and carried out through the dark web. Digital criminals collecting ransoms via cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can’t be tracked by law enforcement.

Sometimes it can feel as though there is no stopping a hacker if they want to get to you- and to a certain extent that is true of a very skilled hacker. As a small business owner, you have a responsibility to show due diligence in protecting the data you house and taking reasonable measures to secure your network and block most would-be attackers.

There is plenty you can and should do.  Start with an IT Security Audit and getting a good commercial firewall in place.

Prevention is key with cryptolockers, malware and viruses.  The ongoing rise of these threats means better network security solutions are needed by most small businesses.

Is it time to review your network security?

Your network security should be thoroughly reviewed every 1-3 years.  If you are past due, call your IT provider today.

Toronto Network Security Solutions

Would you like to review your small business network security and receive professional recommendations to close any security gaps?  We can help.  We are TUCU, a Toronto IT Support Company serving the small business and nonprofit community since 2003.  Please call us today at 416-292-3300.

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