REVil is holding Kaseya computers hostage for $70 million.
REVil is a group of hackers believed to originate from Russia. They just completed an attack on USA company JBS, who paid a $11 million ransom to get their computer systems back online. Now REVil is holding Kaseya hostage for a whopping $70 million and there are whispers REVil hacked the USA based RNC political group. REVil is a large organization, offering “ransomware as a service” by providing the resources to the hacker community to execute a hack and then keeping a portion of the proceeds themselves. They even have a ransom payment hotlines. It appears they will not be going away anytime soon.
Most Common Ways Businesses Get Hacked and How You Can Prevent It
- One of the most common way hackers gain access to company files is through employees leaving passwords on their desks in plain sight. Add to your company handbook a section on computer security and prohibit the use of visible passwords on company property. If your employees are having trouble remembering passwords, try using a password manager like PassPack and LastPass.
- Hackers often gain access to company files using an unprotected wireless Wi-Fi connection. They sit outside a business location and get into the system through a poorly secured Wi-Fi system. TJ Maxx had a poorly secured Wi-Fi networks and hackers stole 45 million credit and debit cards from them.
- Another common way that hackers get their hands on passwords is through tricking employees. They are getting very good at looking like an email from a bank or credit card company, called Phishing. A “phish” is a scam that tricks you or your fellow employees into giving up the security information. Create policies that empower employees to question requests for sensitive information, educating your employees is key.
- Malware is a harmful software that is usually installed via phishing scams, unsecured websites or even a USB drive. Malware can reveal your passwords, track your web activity, and save critical files. It is not easy to detect and may go unnoticed for months or years. I recommend installing a security program on your computers that will scan and delete any malware programs.
If you have any questions, send them to us via our contact form and I am happy to help answer them. The threat of being hacked is very real, and while the large ransomware attacks are featured in the news, small businesses are also being attacked for far less money. Be safe and start implementing the above suggestions as soon as possible. There are more methods to ensure a reduced exposure to hackers that I will share in future articles. Please share this with your peers that may benefit from this guidance.