How to keep your spa safe and secure in the face of ransomware
Security experts are warning that the latest ransomware attack could leave businesses without any money or data for the foreseeable future.
“We are seeing a trend where ransomware has become a business expense,” said Mark Schoeller, CEO of Malwarebytes, a software security firm.
“You can get around this by paying your staff with Bitcoin, and there are ways to get around that.”
This latest attack is affecting businesses across the globe.
The ransomware attacks began in April and are now spreading across the world.
“I am working with our cybersecurity team to determine what the impact of this new ransomware threat is and what we can do to mitigate it,” Schoell said.
In Australia, a hotel chain has confirmed that they have been targeted with ransomware attacks, and have lost money.
A spokesman said that the company is working with the authorities to try and trace the attackers.
We are working closely with our partners to investigate this and to work towards the restoration of our operations as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.”
We will share any updates as soon we are able to.
“If this is an isolated incident, we will take immediate action to stop this happening to anyone who may have been affected by this attack.”
The spokesman added that they are working with their IT department to determine if there are any other victims.
Another cyber security firm, Sophos, has been tracking the ransomware attacks across the planet.
Their chief technology officer, Peter Chovanec, said that there is “zero chance” that the attackers are still active.
He added: “If this was just one or two of these guys, it would not be that significant.
But the fact that they continue to spread, and they’ve targeted hotels, and other organisations around the world, means that it’s a significant threat.”
According to Sophos’ CEO, Brian Krebs, the ransomware attack is “becoming more and more widespread” as more people become infected with it.
Mr Chovanech also said that they do not expect the virus to spread to the rest of the world as the attack has been limited to Australia and Canada.
Sophos is not the only security firm monitoring the threat.
Several other cybersecurity firms have also been tracking ransomware attacks in the wake of the ransomware epidemic.
Cisco is also working to contain the threat, with the company announcing that it is “continuing to monitor the ransomware threat and will address it in the future”.
In a blog post, Cisco said that it had not seen a “significant” increase in attacks in 2017.
However, it added that it was also monitoring the ransomware “on a global scale”, with “a global network of infected servers”.
According the Cisco blog, the company was “notifying affected businesses” of the threat and is working “to identify any potential solutions”.
Meanwhile, the cybersecurity firm Bitdefender has also been working to identify any ransomware attacks that have been detected, and has begun sending out alerts to affected businesses.
Bitdefender CEO John Peddie has previously said that ransomware attacks were becoming more widespread.
According Peddies blog, he said: “We are hearing from a variety of sources that ransomware is now spreading beyond Australia, Europe and the United States.”
Our analysis has found that there have been at least 10,000 ransomware attacks globally since mid-2016.
This is a new milestone and we are working hard to stay ahead of this growing threat.
“However, there are no reports of the virus being found in the UK, where Microsoft has also confirmed that it has been attacked by the ransomware.