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Asians beware! Ransomware is travelling East

Zafar Anjum | June 25, 2014
In this interview, Tim Rains, Director of Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft, explains how ransomware is traveling East and how Asian users can safeguard themselves from falling victim to this malware

Additionally Microsoft also recommends people:

  • Enable a firewall on their computer and employ up to date antivirus software.
  • Get the latest computer updates for all installed software.  For example, enable auto-update.
  • Run antivirus and keep it up to date
  • Limit user privileges on the computer so that if the system becomes infected with malware, it will not have admin privileges.
  • Use caution when opening attachments and accepting file transfers, as well as when clicking on links to unknown websites.
  • Use strong passwords to help strengthen the layer of defense.

In the event someone believes their system may be compromised, we recommend running detection and removal software from a trusted source. To do this, users should run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product.

Your report shows that Ransomware is traveling east now. Does it mean more threat for Asia?

Based on the Ransomware data in our latest report, it seems reasonable this tactic may be used more and more over time in other parts of the world. Over time we've seen Ransomware move from the United States, to Western Europe and now being most prevalent in countries like Russia and Kazakhstan, so it appears Ransomware is moving geographically east. People should be aware of the threat of Ransomware and best practices on how to help protect against it:

  • Don't pay the fee! Paying the ransom does not guarantee the files will be returned or that the attacker will restore the affected computer to a usable state.
  • Back-up your files.
  • Think before you click - don't click on links or open attachments from untrusted sources.

What can Asian users do to thwart Ransomware?

There a number of things people can do today to help protect against Ransomware:

  • Don't pay the fee! Paying the ransom does not guarantee the files will be returned or that the attacker will restore the affected computer to a usable state.
  • Back-up your files.
  • Think before you click - don't click on links or open attachments from untrusted sources.

 

 

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