Symantec: Consumers make up 57% of the victims of ransomware programs around the world




Last detection research conducted by Symantec that consumers representing 57% of the victims of the ransom programs in the world, while the corporate rate of 43% of the total number of victims of these programs. In light of the high pace of ransomware programs worldwide threats, its negative impact is reflected more on this region.

According to Symantec ‘s report on security threats , the risks on the Internet for the year 2016 2016 Internet Security Threat . Report , the UAE ranked fourth on the list of the most vulnerable to the threats of ransomware in the Middle East and Africa programs nations, also came the state in 37th place globally. In addition, ransomware programs has seen annual growth of 44% in the UAE, and suffered major companies in the state to 28 attacks daily rate of ransomware programs, the total number of such attacks amounted to 10,279 in 2015.

Said Hossam Sidani, Regional Director of Symantec Corporation in the Gulf region, “the evolution of ransomware programs continue and soon became one of the greatest electronic serious threats to individuals and institutions, and the worst of these attacks has now reached a new level of maturity and seriousness. In addition, it is causing great demand for smart phones and tablets, an increase of attacks on mobile devices, where the attacker encrypts files to the owner of the device to pay for the retrieval rate. ”

And explore the worksheet and the new blog about ransomware from Symantec programs, how the evolution of the global level of these programs, including the focus on the modus operandi of ransomware programs and the seriousness of the threat and how it spreads and why it is such effectiveness.

The main findings of the report that the average ransom attacks rose to $ 679, compared to $ 294 at the end of 2015, then the majority of the ransom programs of the various designs to attack the computers that are running Windows, and users still ordinary represent the largest category of victims.

The report found that employees make up 43% of the victims of the ransom programs in companies, thanks to the rise in the number of gangs that target large companies using the same tactics and tools used by cyber spies.

It recommends Norton company, specialized in consumer security and a subsidiary of Symantec, to ensure the security of the user using the word difficult and unique password for personal accounts and its organs, and make security updates for the programs on a regular basis, every three months. Also it brings careful to use the same password for several personal accounts

The company also recommends cautious use of social networks, it warns of pressure on the electronic links spam that appear in e-mail or on social networking pages, and are often from unknown sources. Where crooks realize that the user will press on the link if it was sent by one of his friends, so they penetrate the accounts are sent electronic malicious links to all addresses of persons stockpilers in his account.

And it brings also used a multi-layered security system, no special security system is the prevention of malicious viruses enough to combat the complex and modern security threats as a platform for ransomware.


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