What Is the Emotet Ransomware?

March 2021

There are so many security threats lurking around the web today that it can be difficult to keep up with them all. From distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to phishing schemes and everything in between, there’s a lot to worry about. One growing security threat that you won’t want to overlook, though, is ransomware.

Not only have ransomware attacks become more common, but they have also become more accessible to hackers across the globe. One increasingly popular ransomware package that cybercriminals are using in record numbers is Emotet.

By knowing what Emotet is and how it works, you can take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your data.

Emotet: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Emotet is a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) package, which allows cybercriminals to purchase malware and use it to their liking against unsuspecting victims. The MaaS model is extremely problematic because it allows people who would otherwise not have the coding skills or knowledge to pull off attacks to access dangerous malware.

Typically, Emotet makes its way onto victims’ devices through email attachments, website downloads, or even macro code installed onto the device. Sometimes, Emotet software is embedded within other application downloads and sits idle for a month or more before the ransomware attack is launched.

However, once it is launched, the victim receives a ransom notice that all of the files on the device have been compromised and that a ransom payment (typically in the form of cryptocurrency) is required to release the files.

How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware

Ransomware attacks like Emotet can be costly, but the good news is that there are several ways to prevent them. Because ransomware attacks are often carried out via email attachments and other nefarious downloads, simply being cautious about these types of attachments can go a long way. Make sure you and your employees receive regular training on how to detect signs of a suspicious email or attachment to avoid the accidental download of ransomware software.

Using a trusted firewall or other security software can also go a long way, especially when it comes to warning you of potential security risks before you download a file. Additionally, if you’re not already hosting your most sensitive data on a dedicated server, now is a good time to consider making the switch. A dedicated hosting plan provides the best security features (including DDoS protection, data backup, and on-site physical security) to offer added peace of mind.

Even using a dedicated server host as a third-party data backup can go a long way in ensuring that copies of your most important files and data are stored elsewhere. That way, if you do end up falling victim to a ransomware attack, you won’t lose access to these files completely.

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