Company pays twice millionaire ransom for negligence | Digital Trends Spanish



A UK company tripped over the same stone twice. The rock was a data hijacking cyber attack known as ransomware, and for which he paid at least a 6.5 million pound ransom in bitcoins, approximately $ 9 million. His mistake? Paying the ransom and not bothering to review how it happened, so you fell victim to the same cybercriminals less than two weeks after paying the million-dollar ransom.

The details of the case were published by the UK National Center for Cyber ​​Security (NCSC, for its acronym in English), which with the dissemination of the event seeks to create awareness among companies about the importance of strengthening their cybersecurity measures.

“We know of an organization that paid a ransom of around £ 6.5 million to recover its files, but made no effort to identify the root of the attack and protect its network,” the NCSC noted.

“Less than two weeks later, the same cybercriminals again attacked the company with the same mechanism as before, by implementing their ransomware and leave the victim feeling that the only solution was to pay the ransom again, “the office added.

The specialists recalled that, although it is understandable that the victims of an attack ransomware (so called from the union of the words ransom, rescue in Spanish, and ware, by software), the real problem is identifying how the security breach occurred. “Often the ransomware it is a visible symptom of a more serious intrusion on the network that could possibly have existed for days or more, ”the experts warn.

Typically, attacks of this type occur on outdated systems or with few layers of security. So far, the most notorious case of data hijacking occurred in 2017, when at least 17 UK hospitals were unable to function due to a virtual computer hijacking.

In addition to investing in security systems or a department in charge of it, experts suggest creating data backups on an ongoing basis. In addition, they remember that it never hurts to have a copy that is not online.

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