The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warn American businesses and government organizations to be vigilant at all times against hackers this Thanksgiving.
Ransomware Attacks During Thanksgiving
As the Holiday arrives the ransomware and cyberattacks on businesses are increasingly high this thanksgiving. They strike most likely during weekends or on holiday as cybercriminals see it as a desirable time to attack when the employees are short and potentially off-guard.
Moreover, both the CIA and FBI urge companies to be prudent in any suspicious emails and implement multi-factor authentication to every user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access, furthermore mandating a strong password to ensure not to easily reused in any multiple accounts is still their best advised.
CISA Director Jen Easterly said in a release. “We know that threat actors don’t take holidays,” then added her statement “We will continue to provide timely and actionable information to help our industry and government partners stay secure and resilient during the holiday season. We impulse all organizations to be vigilant and report any cyber incidents to CISA or FBI.”
Related Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware gangs are everywhere waiting for the perfect timing to strike their malicious activities. In an incident last fourth of July during the weekend, A cybercriminal hits Breached Kaseya, a major US IT supplier, in a ransomware attack that affects 1,500 businesses around the world.
Moreover, on Monday, the hacker requested a $70 million payment in bitcoin in exchange for a decryption tool that could help victims recover from their attacks.
A global study published by security firm Cybereason for more than 1,200 security professionals working at organizations that have suffered ransomware attacks on a holiday or weekend and highlighted the disconnection between organizational risk and the lack of preparedness for ransomware attacks.