Ransomware is something no one wants to end up with. It is a type of malicious software that is designed to deny access to data or a computer system until the hacker is paid. Ransomware is just one of many forms of malware, code that is developed by cyberattackers to cause damage to data and systems or gain unauthorized access. While there are many different types of ransomware, the operators behind the Maze ransomware attacks are some of the bad-actors at the core of many of these types of data compromises or phishing emails.
Maze is considered a sophisticated Windows ransomware type with the threat actors using it to ambush many organizations with demands of cryptocurrency payments in exchange for the stolen data. The impact of the Maze group and other similar ransomware exploits has led to a growing problem.
According to healthitsecurity.com, in May, the Maze operators published two plastic surgeons’ stolen data for sale on the dark web after a successful ransomware attack. A little over a month earlier Maze operators hit Chubb, a cybersecurity insurance provider for businesses that fall for data breaches. According to CRN, the Maze group just recently stole 100 GB of files from Xerox.
However, there are actions that consumers and businesses can take to reduce their chances of an attack:
- Consumers should use reputable antivirus software and a firewall
- People should consider using a virtual private network (VPN) when accessing public Wi-Fi or untrusted Wi-Fi
- Consumers and businesses are both encouraged to make sure all systems and software are up-to-date and have the relevant patches
- People should not provide any personal information in an email, phone call or text message they are not expecting
- It is important that consumers do not click on any links from emails, text messages or instant messages they are not expecting; instead, they should go directly to the source
The Maze ransomware has impacted many; businesses and consumers should do what they can to protect themselves and their data.
Anyone who has questions or believes they are a victim of a Maze ransomware attack, or any sort of malware attack, can live-chat with an Identity Theft Resource Center expert advisor for tips.
They can also call toll-free at 888.400.5530. Finally, victims can download the free ID Theft Help App for instant access to advisors and resources.
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