Virus & Scams

Microsoft: Hackers Can Insert Ransomware in under an hour

Just as technology evolves, so do the methods of hacking them. The reported cases of hacking have increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have also gotten faster at doing so. Microsoft reported that hackers need less than 45 minutes to breach a device and inject malware into it.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malware used by hackers to infect your devices and stop them from working. In order to remove the ransomware, you need to pay a ransom to the perpetrator, and this fee can be as much or as little as he/she wants it to be.

45 minutes… or less

Hackers require under 45 minutes to breach and infect a device with malware. The reason is that hackers have been building up their skillset, specifically those called “ransomware groups”, otherwise known as “big game hunters” (named by Microsoft). These groups are known to target networks belonging to large organisations as they contain a lot of ransom money.

COVID-19 Pandemic Exploitation

Microsoft has sought that there are more active ransomware groups than ever before, and it is due to the current pandemic. In this pandemic, more people than before are making use of technology, for reasons such as contacting loved ones, virtual online lessons, and working from home.

Hacker tactics

Microsoft has discovered that ransomware groups attack a single target, and then make use of the target’s foundation to attack their customers, and they can do this all at once or one at a time. This is called a Supply-chain Attack.

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