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Cyber Extortion

Cyber security, also known as computer security or IT security, is the field of protecting computer systems from theft of information, damage of hardware, software, or data, the disruption of services through denial-of-service attacks or the misdirection of services through botnets.

The field of cyber security is rapidly growing in importance as the world increasingly relies on the Internet and wireless networks, computer systems, smart devices, and the many other devices that make up the Internet of Things. There are many different vulnerabilities, exposures, and attacks that companies should be aware of, including backdoors that allow bypassing of security, denial of service attacks, direct-access attacks, eavesdropping, phishing, privilege escalation, social engineering, tampering, spoofing through use of emails, IP addresses, Media Access Control addresses, and biometric samples, and the new type of multi-vector, polyrhythmic cyber threats, classified as fifth generation cyber attacks.

All types of computer systems are at risk, and the number is only getting bigger, including financial regulators and institutions, telecommunications, the power grid, nuclear power plants, energy companies, utilities, industrial equipment, the aviation industry, consumer devices such as personal computers and mobile devices, large corporations, increasingly computerized automobiles, government and military systems, medical devices and hospital systems, the energy sector, and the Internet of Things.

IT executives who are looking to gain knowledge about cyber extortion threats and prevent attacks should download this white paper.

This whitepaper addresses the IT attack known as cyber extortion, which is a form of blackmail where victims are told to pay money in order to avoid the negative effects of a cyber attack. The most common form of cyber extortion is ransom malware, or ransomware, which prevents users from accessing information, and demands payment to gain access to it. This paper then goes on to give instructions on how to act if you are a victim of cyber extortion and security recommendations to prevent cyber attacks.