Cerber makes an offer cybercriminals can’t refuse

May 5, 2017 | Security-GRC | 0 comments

As far back as the Cerber family can remember, they wanted to be a gangster.

Sure, you’ve heard of the Cerber family. You maybe even coughed up a little cash as they did their little ransomware hits here and there since February of 2016. But now? A year later? Cerber has taken out a large contender, Locky. According to a recent report from Malwarebytes, Cerber has since advanced dramatically and has grown and multiplied to target businesses.

Cerber broke out the big guns. Like military big. Cerber’s growth is attributed to superior “military-grade” encryption, offline encryption, and a slew of new features that make it easy for those non-techy criminals to get their hands on.

Another key differentiator? Developers of Cerber sell the ransomware to criminals and take a cut of the ransom. Ransomware as a service model. If a tech company was selling it, it would sound cute, like RaaS. But Cerber isn’t cute.

You can’t expect to stay on top if you aren’t willing to adapt and evolve, which is why Cerber has recently started employing some new tricks (including ransomware as a service) along with some others mainly for the sake of avoiding detection by security vendors.

So how do you overthrow such a malevolent family?

If you know where it starts you have an advantage in the game of defeat. Cerber is primarily distributed through phishing emails so keep an eye out.

Your plan of attack shouldn’t stop there though – ASMGi believes in taking a proactive approach. Hunt it. Kill it. Remediate it.

Never, ever say fuhgeddaboudit!

A proactive approach can give you a leg up. We’ve helped companies…

Effectively defend: An endpoint protection strategy includes profiling the environment to assess defenses and vulnerabilities so you know what’s coming.
Detect ransomware real-time: You don’t have to wait for discovery times. With the right system in place your company can detect and eliminate zero-hour and known viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware, and spyware in real time to ensure data security and network integrity.
Remediate: An important piece to the puzzle. With the right product and service partner you can remove the ransomware infection and all related artifacts so you’re left with a clean slate.

Even with an arsenal of defense, the latest Malwarebytes Cybercrime tactic report says Cerber isn’t going anywhere and will continue to be a colossal force in the ransomware world. It’s safe to say if you haven’t developed a security strategy there’s no time like today to start. ASMGi security experts can help you design and implement the right security ecosystem for your business. Give us a call—we’d love to welcome you to the family.

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