Ransomware Removal

Avidity Technologies, Inc. provides Ransomware Removal, File Recovery and Cyber Security Prevention Services. Our response time is 24 to 48 hours. Our team is able to help, so contact us anytime, 24/7. Email us at  support@aviditytechnologies.com or send us a text message to 312-586-9505.

Ransomware is a type of malware that prohibits your access to or wipes your system, device, or file until a ransom is paid. Generally, this is done by encrypting or scrambling the data and requiring a decryption key to unlock it. Malware is a cybercrime that has been around for years. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the cost of cybercrime, such ransomware, is expected to exceed $6 trillion annually by 2021. The end result is an expensive problem leading to loss of critical data and records. Avidity Technologies can provide prevention and mitigation measures, ransomware removal and file recovery.

Our team is able to help, so contact us anytime, 24/7. Email us at  support@aviditytechnologies.com or send us a text message to 312-586-9505.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of terrorism in which infected systems or files are held hostage until the victim pays the ransom demand. Ransom is typically pain in the form of cryptocurrency (e.g., bitcoin) or gift cards. If the ransom is not paid, terrorists may withhold decryption keys, permanently lock access to, or delete the files. Victims are targeted through suspicious emails, application vulnerabilities, and service exploits.

Most organizations have trained employees to avoid clicking on links or opening attachments from suspicious emails. However, attackers are getting smarter. They now engage “social engineering,” in which they are disguised as someone or something else to trigger your action.

Ransomware takes advantage of vulnerabilities for common programs, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Open Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Server Message Block (SMB) ports are also exploited by cybercriminals. RDP is used for remote access to systems, while SMB is most commonly used for file sharing. It’s key for organizations to limit port access to authorized machines.

Ransomware leverages these vulnerabilities to infect systems. Once ransomware is on the system, it will look to maximize by accessing more of the network to spread the infection. In order to infiltrate a network, ransomware requires certain conditions: 1st – a user needs to take an initial action (such as opening an email attachment); 2nd – the systems used by the user has to have a vulnerability; and 3rd – access to the larger network to be available. This series of conditions is unfortunately fairly common as patching and access control across organizations can be challenging. Inadequate security authorization allows the ransomware to spread across workstations.

Dealing with a Cybercrime

Good backups are incredibly important to thwart ransomware, so it is imperative that all organizations have data recovery capabilities. Avidity Technologies can assist with acquisition and implementation of a back up system.

Ransomware is a cybercrime, and therefore, paying the illegal ransom opens up the victim to other issues, such as:

    • further targeting if cybercriminals learn that you will pay,
    • difficulty to procure and spend bitcoin (preferred method of payment),
    • managing the legal issues with paying the ransom (i.e. inadvertent support for illegal activities this effort funds),
    • finally, the keys you are provided are never guaranteed to work; and the victim still has to mitigate the malware on your systems.

 

Mitigation

The key to mitigation of a cybercrime is prevention: identify ransomware well in advance so that your organization can remove the ransomware from the network before the encryption process is completed. This is critical to stopping the spread of ransomware and protecting an organization’s data.

Avidity Technologies, Inc. is uniquely positioned to help your organization mitigate cybercrime, such as ransomware, as well as to prevent this malicious attack from adding your company to its long list of victims. If your organization falls victim to a ransomware attack, Avidity can help with file recovery. Contact us at support@aviditytechnologies.com or send us a text message to 312-586-9505. Our response time is 24 to 48 hours.