There are several ways that ransomware can get into an environment. Tom LeNeave, Sr. Security Consultant at Alagen, explains a few of the most common attack vectors, including emails with malicious attachments or links to ill-intentioned websites and “malvertising.”
– Ransomware spreads usually through one of two methods: (1) the recipient opens an email with either a corrupt attachment or malicious link, or (2) the user clicks on a malicious online advertisement, called malvertising.
– Once the user clicks on a corrupt attachment, link, or advertisment, the ransomware is downloaded and begins its attack.
– While some attacks begin immediately, others lay dormant on a system or computer for awhile to make them more difficult to trace or remove.
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