How Ransomware Are Trying to Expand Their Tactics in Order to Challenge the Latest Security Measures in 2018

As ransomware attacks have begun to rise in the last few years, organizations have improved their computer security through various measures and practices. These practices were hoped to stall the juggernaut of ransomware. However, according to ransomware removal experts, cybercriminals should not be taken lightly as they are trying to extend their domination through advanced strategies in 2018.

Shifting Code

Organizations use several anti-malware and anti-ransomware tools to detect and remove ransomware. These tools analyze the common patterns and code of a ransomware to easily identify them.

However, there are some latest ransomware that are continuously changing their internal code and mechanisms which makes it harder for anti-ransomware tools to identify them. This type of ransomware redesigns itself every time before it attacks a new user and thus it is hard for ransomware removal experts to find similarities in the codes.

Latest Operating Systems Are Not Targeted

According to ransomware removal experts, many ransomware attacks in this year were possible because organizations and individuals were using older versions of operating systems, particularly Windows’ users. The Maharashtra ransomware attack this year is a prominent example of this.

Older operating systems are not equipped with the necessary security measures that can tackle the most advanced ransomware. However, latest operating systems of Windows and other OS vendors consist of powerful cybersecurity components that provide a bigger resistance against ransomware infection. Hence, cybercriminals are not as much interested to attack through modern OS.

Hard Drive Woes

When a ransomware generally infects a system, it mainly tries to damage the system software, application software and personal files of the user. However, recent ransomware are so sophisticated that they are directly tampering with the code of the hard disks of a system and making it inaccessible to its user. This effectively shifts the control of the hard disk to a cybercriminal in a remote location who does not have to worry about decrypting all of the user’s files.

With such advancements and evolution of ransomware, organizations and individuals need to give their best shots in order to strengthen the security of their sensitive data.