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Ransomware of IoT will become a new security nightmare in 2018

When it comes to securing IoT devices, many vendors simply aren’t willing to put in the extra effort to ensure security because there is not yet any regulation to require it. 2017 will likely be remembered as the year of ransomware, with high-profile attacks dominating the headlines and causing widespread disruption to organisations around the world.

This article describes whether 2018 could be the year that governments take a more active role in IoT security, and put pressure on device manufacturers to do the right thing for consumers which can help us avoid the future attacks.

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T&VS Security services are offering top 3 recommendations to ensure you are protected from cyber-attacks and help you secure against latest and future ransomware.

Cyber-Attack on UK Parliament

Friday 23rd June saw a sustained cyber-attack against the UK parliament where up to 90 email accounts were hacked. The incidentgave rise to blackmail fears after hackers tried to break in to the accounts of MPs by searching for weak passwords.Reports suggest the houses of common Wi-Fi password is commonly known and that a worker in a McDonald’s branch across the road knew the password for Parliament’s Wi-Fi network.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “We have seen reports in the last few days of even cabinet ministers’ passwords being for sale online.And it’s a warning to everybody, whether they are in Parliament or elsewhere, that they need to do everything possible to maintain their own cyber-security.”

All this comes only 1 month after the large-scale WannaCry ransomware attack across the globe, crippling companies and critical government services including the National-Health-Service in the UK.

T&VS Recommendations to protect against future malware

The following are general security best practice advice:

  • Always ensure your Microsoft patches are up-to-date.
  • Enable firewalls and disable the following ports 137,138,139,445. These are the ports ransomware utilises.
  • Ensure Antivirus software is up-to-date.
  • Stop using any unsupported windows Operating System. Always aim to regularly upgrade to the latest OS.
  • Disable Microsoft server message block (SMB)
  • Regularly perform a secure backup of data into the cloud. This will allow a quick restore of data if an attack does occur.
  • Always be aware of phishing attacks. Avoid vulnerable websites and emails.
  • Finally, we would recommend you increase security awareness and give training for end users on how to protect themselves going forward.

 

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Top 4 Takeaways for Guarding Against Ransomware Attacks After WannaCry

The ransomware attack is holding computer systems hostage worldwide. This article describes the best practices that you can use to detect and fight ransomware, including WannaCry and explains the tips which help to readdress the basics, after attacks such as WannaCry.

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WannaCry Aftermath: Is IoT Ransomware in Our Future?

The recent WannaCry ransomware virus has made a big splash by attacking PCs in multiple countries is now serving as a wakeup call about the looming risk of IoT ransomware. The lack of built-in security features makes the IoT solutions vulnerable to a variety of emerging and targeted security attacks. This article explains why IoT could be the next malware target for hackers.

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Ransomware and the Internet of Things

IoT devices offer a potential growth bed to any ransomware operation because the devices are interconnected by design and many pointedly lack any form of security. This article describes the guidelines and practices that help organizations and manufacturers improve their defences against IoT ransomware.

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WannaCry Ransomware: Who It Affected and Why It Matters

WannaCry ransomware had spread so quickly and in such a way that not only the tech and business industries were affected, but even healthcare providers and average citizens found themselves completely locked out of their own computers and files. This article from DZone describes how was this ransomware stopped and why does WannaCry matter to the tech Industry.

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The IoT ransomware threat is more serious than you think

The IoT ransomware model is fundamentally different from the computer and laptop paradigm, but no less dangerous. It is only a matter of time before hackers decide it’s worth their time and try their hand at hacking IoT devices for ransom.

This is another reminder of the cybersecurity tradeoffs that IoT poses on consumers. This article explains why is IoT ransomware being underrated and should it be taken seriously.

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