On October 23, 2013, Steve Gibson reported on his weekly security podcast "Security Now" on the twit.tv podcast network, that about three weeks prior a new exploit called "Cryptolocker" had been discovered infecting computers at an alarming rate.
In that podcast, Steve quoted another journalist, saying: "Dan Goodin at Ars Technica wrote said: 'You're infected. If you want to see your data again, pay us $300 in Bitcoins.' And the subhead was: 'Ransomware comes of age with unbreakable crypto and anonymous payments.' So, and if you want to [...] just put "CryptoLocker" into Google, and you will see, I mean, it is bad."
Three years later, what Steve and other security experts predicted about CryptoLocker and ransomware in general has come true. It is the main malware threat concern of all Information Technology security personnel around the globe: how do I prevent my users from getting infected with ransomware, and how do I respond to it if they do?
We at ABN have prepared a 30 minute presentation to help IT managers and personnel at any company or organization become aware of ransomware, and to become better equipped to avoid the exploits of Internet ransomware threats. This is available to our monthly contract customers for free with their support agreements, and for a small fee for anyone else.