Updates and Insights from Our Security Advisor Newsletter
Published: August 25, 2020
A new ransomware, Avaddon, is having a bit of fun with its targets as their way to install the malware on devices worldwide. Hackers are sending “innocent” spam emails as a calling card to deploy Avaddon ransomware on data systems. Hoping to catch users off guard, spam emails infiltrate email accounts with a subject line asking the user if they approve of their “new photo” or the photo of the spam sender. What could possibly go wrong when the only email content is an innocuous winking smiley face? The answer to that question is that an Avaddon ransomware attack can happen.
The FBI and other institutions agree that refusing to pay any ransom is the best deterrent to future attacks. They claim that paying only encourages more ransomware strikes, and there’s no guarantee a hacker will provide the decryption key, as promised, if the ransom is paid. Finally, if data is regularly backed up, the ability to restore what was hijacked entirely avoids the need to pay a ransom demand.
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