Don't Let Your Website Be Held Hostage: Five Ransomware Safety Tips for Online Retailers
Cybercriminals have developed a destructive new form of ransomware that targets online retailers. Cybercriminals scan websites for common vulnerabilities and use them to install malware that encrypts key files, images, pages and libraries, as well as their backups. The criminals behind these attacks then hold them hostage, and website operators must pay a ransom in anonymous cryptocurrency to unlock the files.
"Ransomware has proven to be very lucrative for cybercriminals, so it makes sense that these kinds of attacks are being aimed at online retailers," said Craig Young, security researcher for Tripwire (News - Alert). "Many online businesses depend on holiday shopping revenue, and if they don't have good security and backup plans and are victimized by ransomware, the impact can be devastating."
Young identified the following five crucial steps online retailers can take to protect themselves from ransomware:
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