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Ran­somware con­tinues to pose increased secu­rity risk to SMEs

Over the past few weeks, MELANI / Gov­CERT have been pro­cessing a variety of ran­somware cases. Unknown per­pe­tra­tors have been encrypting Swiss SMEs’ sys­tems, ren­dering them inop­er­able. The attackers then demanded ransom pay­ments of some­times gigantic proportions.

Tech­nical analysis of these inci­dents has shown that IT secu­rity imple­mented by the organ­i­sa­tions affected was often quite patchy, and that they did not com­pletely adhere to stan­dard «best prac­tices» (Info sheet: Infor­ma­tion secu­rity for SMEs) It seems they did not pay heed to the author­i­ties’ secu­rity alerts either.

The MELANI / Gov­CERT article com­plete with rec­om­men­da­tions can be found here.

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