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Kaspersky warns of Ransomware menace outbreaks in Sri Lankan businesses

By: Staff Writer

June 18, Colombo (LNW): Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky said yesterday approximately 2,650 ransomware incidents were detected and blocked by its solutions for businesses in Sri Lanka from January to December 2023.

Experts from the global cybersecurity company insist on organisations, regardless of shape and size, to beef up their IT security posture as ransomware, especially the targeted type, continues to be a damaging menace for organisations in the region.

“The era of widespread mass attacks by encryptors on both individuals and businesses is gradually fading away. Instead, we are witnessing a shift towards organised groups that execute hacks involving data theft and encryption, commonly referred to as double extortion.

The rationale behind this evolution lies in the perpetrators’ ability to operate with greater efficiency, thereby enabling them to demand significantly higher ransom sums,” said Kaspersky Lead Malware Analyst Fedor Sinitsyn.

Last year, ransomware incidents in Sri Lanka include the compromise of 5,000 Government-related emails as well as attacks on telecom servers.

“It is evident that the threat actors behind ransomware attacks target all sectors in Sri Lanka. The total number of attempts may be low, but organisations need to realise the real impact of each successful ransomware infection, both on the financial and reputation fronts.

 It is imperative for businesses here to look into cybersecurity technologies that provide absolute anti-ransomware effectiveness in third-party exams.

Because not all cybersecurity solutions are created equal,” added Kaspersky General Manager for Southeast Asia Yeo Siang Tiong. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business,

Kaspersky Small Office Security and Kaspersky Standard demonstrated complete protection against ransomware in 10 different real-life attack scenarios during regular Advanced Threat Protection assessments held by AV-TEST.

To combat ransomware and assist those affected, Kaspersky, alongside Europol, the Dutch National Police, and others has the No More Ransom initiative, launched in 2016.

On the official website, participants provide decryption tools, guidelines, and instructions to report cybercrimes, irrespective of the location of the incident.

By the end of 2023, Kaspersky marked the seventh anniversary as a key contributor to the “No More Ransom” initiative. This period witnessed expanded access to Kaspersky’s free decryption tools, in line with its commitment to combating ransomware.

These tools, targeting 39 ransomware families, have been integral in assisting nearly 2 million victims globally, as reported by Europol, underscoring the profound impact of the “No More Ransom” initiative supported by Kaspersky.

To protect business from ransomware attacks, consider following the rules proposed by Kaspersky experts:

Do not expose remote desktop/management services (such as RDP, MSSQL, etc.) to public networks unless absolutely necessary and always use strong passwords, two-factor authentication and firewall rules for them.

Promptly install available patches for commercial VPN solutions providing access for remote employees and acting as gateways in your network.

Always keep software updated on all the devices you use to prevent ransomware from exploiting vulnerabilities.

Focus your defence strategy on detecting lateral movements and data exfiltration to the Internet. Pay special attention to the outgoing traffic to detect cybercriminals’ connections.

Back up data regularly with special attention to offline backup strategies. Make sure you can quickly access it in an emergency when needed.

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