If you own a private P2P file sharing network, then know that it’s high time for you to protect yourself and your systems because a new ransomware family is out now and it’s going to be quite harmful for you and your network. Yes, you read that right, and here by that ransomware, we are referring you to none other than Anatova malware.
As per the research of McA labs, this ransomware is designed for the purpose of supporting modules that are to be executed before the encryption of the data that is present in the files of the victim’s system. The scariest part is that Anatova demands a ransom that’s more than $725 USD which is a lot whether you are a millionaire or billionaire. It’s a one potentially dangerous ransomware that has been infecting a lot of computers in the United States and other than the US, there are 9 more countries where Anatova has been witnessed.
Why Is Anatova Such a Big Threat?
For starters, Anatova can completely destroy your data and your systems that are encrypted. What actually happens is that when your PC gets infected with this malware, all your systems and the accounts will automatically be logged off and the passwords will change and in some cases, even the data of the files is modified and then comes the part where you receive a ransom note. This ransom note has been witnessed by a lot of people on their networks and as said earlier, the amount demanded by the hijackers is somewhat around $725 USD.
Once this malware gets activated on a PC, it analyzes and identifies all the running processes and then it stops those processes and puts them in a blacklist. For example, your Microsoft SQL server will be write-locked and all of this will happen during the process of encryption. There are threats like Anatova that are putting the organizations at a big risk because at the end of the day, the security of an organization is everything for them and once this security is disturbed, the whole organization gets affected to a whole another level.
What Can Be Done?
Honestly, the best way to protect yourself from ransomware is to use browser extensions and to opt for ad blockers. The ransomware families usually attack when you visit a site that has malicious scripts on it. So, if you really don’t open those sites in the first place, the attack won’t be possible or at least the chances of the attack will be less.
As an organization, you’d never want someone to threaten your security and demand ransom that’s too much to even pay. So, the wiser thing to do is to keep yourself updated about all the new ransomware attacking PC’s around and you need to take some measurements to protect your data and your system right now. This is because these hijackers and shady individuals and are growing smarter and they can attack you anytime they want to so be careful as much as you can.