A new ransomware strain? Well, that’s nothing new. Ransomware has been evolving for years, mutating into even more insidious versions and keeping business owners and security professionals on their toes.

But this new strain has been particularly troublesome.

So much so that the FBI recently warned against this so-called Maze ransomware. The threat actors have been known to threaten to publicly posting data stolen during its attacks if the victims refused to meet their demands. And that is what’s happening.

The hackers behind the attacks are known to pose as government agencies or even, ironically, security vendors. They have been targeting US organizations since late 2019. They’re M.O. differs from the run-of-the-mill ransomware attack, which typically just seeks to encrypt the data. With Maze, the criminals will exfiltrate the data before encryption.

“So, what do I do about this ransomware threat?” you might be asking.

Here are some tips you can follow to help keep your systems safe:

  • Keep all systems patched and up-to-date. This helps ensure known vulnerabilities are shored up.
  • Multi-factor authentication can add a potent extra layer of security. Extra additional security checkpoints make it harder for someone to hack into a system.
  • Network monitoring can provide system-enhanced vigilance against unusual activity.
  • Provide cybersecurity awareness to your employees. If you use a Managed Service Provider or Managed Security Provider, invite them to your office(s) to provide training sessions on the latest cyber threats.
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