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About Ransomware, Meltdown, Spectre and some other evils

It is very likely that you have been listening a lot these new odd words lately: Ransomware, Meltdown or Spectre, asking yourself what in the world can they be, and why such big buzz about them. According to Online Trust Alliance, Cyber incidents that target businesses, have almost doubled from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017, that, among other facts is why these phenomena are raging and you would hear a lot more from them in the future if you haven´t already.


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What it is all about

Ransomware is defined as a new modern way of extortion, it is a software specifically made to hijack your most valuable information and then, extortion in return of regular currencies or cryptocurrencies, generally bitcoins, another trendy word.

Bitcoin has become the most common currency for ransomware burglars to demand their fee for returning encrypted information to victims, and the hard-to-trace nature of this cryptocurrency has played an important role in the rise of Ransomware. It is now for a fact an inferred threat for all companies, or individuals and their data.

Meltdown and Spectre are hardware vulnerabilities, found recently in almost all commercial processors and microprocessors, affecting a wide range of operative systems and also the cause of some significant computer processing slow-downs and, considered “catastrophic” by security analysts.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced: “We’ve been around the clock with our customers and partners to address the security vulnerability know as Spectre and Meltdown. While we made progress, I’m acutely aware that we have more to do, we’ve committed to being transparent keeping our customers and owners appraised of our progress and through our actions, building trust”.

Should we all be worried?

The answer is: YES! We are all vulnerable to this peril and should be very aware that our most treasured asset, our data, is at risk. Can it be prevented? Also yes. Online Trust Alliance states that 93% of all breaches in 2017 could have been easily avoided by implementing simple cyber hygiene habits, like regularly updating software, blocking fake email messages, and training employees to recognize phishing attacks.

How to get prepared

There are five easy steps to perform steadily to improve cyber hygiene and dodge these threats.

  1. Keep your Software always up to date.
  2. Execute regular backups.
  3. Always use an up to date Antivirus.
  4. Use secure strong passwords.
  5. Beware of online threats.

Piece of cake, right?

Wrapping up

So more than ever, your Data needs the best of your attention, in this fast-paced world of digital transformation and connectivity. Keeping it at its best is a guaranty to thrive in the constantly changing world of business.

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Related Sources:

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Ransomware: Why the crooks are ditching bitcoin and where they are going next

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