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Understanding Ransomware


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McAfee has been at the forefront of ransomware research since we first wrote about it in the McAfee Labs Threats Report: Second Quarter 2012. Since then, we have discussed ransomware many times in McAfee Labs threats reports, blogs, and conference presentations. If you are concerned about ransomware, here are some materials that will help you understand and protect against this form of attack.

  • Understanding Ransomware and Strategies to Defeat It: This white paper explains the history of ransomware, enabling technologies including virtual currencies and anonymizing networks, and how ransomware works. It also provides general guidance for protecting against ransomware.
  • McAfee Labs Threats Report: December 2016: In this report, McAfee Labs reviews 2016 as “the year of ransomware.” It details a huge jump in the number of ransomware attacks, the many significant technical advancements make by ransomware attackers, and what the industry is doing to fight back.
  • McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions: This report includes specific predictions about ransomware in 2017. In particular, we predict the continued growth of these attacks through the middle of the year and then a taper as the industry fights back.

Defeating Ransomware

Defeat Ransomware: Ensure Your Data Is Not Taken Hostage

This solution brief identifies McAfee products that can help protect against ransomware.

How to Protect Against Ransomware

This technical brief provides product-by-product guidance for protecting against ransomware in McAfee environments.

Combating Ransomware

This Knowledge Center Threat Prevention article provides deep technical detail to protect against ransomware in McAfee environments.

Stopping Ransomware and Polymorphic Malware

This technical brief explains how McAfee Application Control provides highly effective protection against ransomware.

No More Ransom

Learn about the No More Ransom collaboration. The group’s goal is to share information, educate users, and help victims recover their encrypted data without having to pay ransomware attackers.

Ransomware Research Reports

  • McAfee Labs Threats Report: September 2016: This report includes the key topic, “Crisis in the ER: ransomware infects hospitals”. It discusses the hospital-specific challenges posed by ransomware and analyzes Q1 ransomware attacks on hospitals.
  • Targeted Ransomware No Longer a Future Threat: This technical report analyzes the Samsam ransomware family.
  • CryptoWall Version 3 Sequel: CryptoWall Version 4 Threat: This report combines threat research and intelligence from the Cyber Threat Alliance founding and contributing members, including McAfee. Gain insight into the prevalence and global impact of CryptoWall, including a comparative analysis of CryptoWall Version 3 and Version 4, plus recommendations for prevention and mitigation.