Ransomware attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, targeting high-value targets like enterprises with greater frequency. Recently, a new ransomware operation dubbed "Akira" has emerged, focusing on attacking large organizations. This article from BleepingComputer details the mechanics of the Akira ransomware, how it operates, and what businesses can do to protect themselves.Akira is spread via spear-phishing emails that contain a link to a malicious file or a weaponized Microsoft Office document. Once executed, the ransomware spreads throughout the network, encrypting all data on the affected systems. The attackers then demand payment in cryptocurrency to provide the decryption key to unlock the encrypted files.
According to the report, Akira is particularly dangerous because it uses a unique file-naming convention that makes it difficult to identify and track the encrypted files. The ransomware also deletes Windows backup files, making it even harder for businesses to recover their data.
Preventing a ransomware attack requires a multi-layered approach, including employee education, strong passwords, regular software updates, and backups. However, even with these measures in place, ransomware attacks can still happen. That's where AppGuard comes in.
AppGuard is a next-generation endpoint security solution that provides proactive protection against ransomware attacks like Akira. Unlike traditional antivirus solutions, AppGuard doesn't rely on signatures to detect malware. Instead, it uses patented dynamic isolation technology that blocks all unauthorized processes and files from executing. This approach effectively neutralizes any ransomware that manages to breach other security measures and prevents it from spreading throughout the network.
If you're a business owner looking to protect your organization from ransomware attacks like Akira, AppGuard can help. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can safeguard your business from this growing threat.
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