Ransomware Revealed

A Beginner’s Guide to Protecting and Recovering from Ransomware Attacks

Authors: Hassan, Nihad A.

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  • Teaches you how to mitigate and respond to ransomware infection with easy-to-follow technical tips and countermeasures
  • Covers all angles of ransomware attacks, providing comprehensive coverage of ransomware infection vectors with detailed examples
  • Features techniques and advice applicable to any operating system/device type
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About this book

Know how to mitigate and handle ransomware attacks via the essential cybersecurity training in this book so you can stop attacks before they happen. Learn the types of ransomware, distribution methods, internal structure, families (variants), defense strategies, recovery methods, and legal issues related to reporting ransomware incidents to authorities and other affected parties. This book also teaches you how to develop a ransomware incident response plan to minimize ransomware damage and recover normal operations quickly.

Ransomware is a category of malware that can encrypt your computer and mobile device files until you pay a ransom to unlock them. Ransomware attacks are considered the most prevalent cybersecurity threats today—the number of new ransomware variants has grown 30-fold since 2015 and they currently account for roughly 40% of all spam messages. Attacks have increased in occurrence from one every 40 seconds to one every 14 seconds. Government and private corporations are targets. Despite the security controls set by organizations to protect their digital assets, ransomware is still dominating the world of security and will continue to do so in the future.

Ransomware Revealed discusses the steps to follow if a ransomware infection occurs, such as how to pay the ransom through anonymous payment methods, perform a backup and restore your affected files, and search online to find a decryption tool to unlock (decrypt) your files for free. Mitigation steps are discussed in depth for both endpoint devices and network systems.


What You Will Learn

  • Be aware of how ransomware infects your system
  • Comprehend ransomware components in simple terms
  • Recognize the different types of ransomware families
  • Identify the attack vectors employed by ransomware to infect computer systems
  • Know how to prevent ransomware attacks from successfully comprising your system and network (i.e., mitigation strategies)
  • Know what to do if a successful ransomware infection takes place
  • Understand how to pay the ransom as well as the pros and cons of paying
  • Set up a ransomware response plan to recover from such attacks


Who This Book Is For

Those who do not specialize in the cybersecurity field (but have adequate IT skills) and want to fully understand the anatomy of ransomware threats. Although most of the book's content will be understood by ordinary computer users, it will also prove useful for experienced IT users aiming to understand the ins and outs of ransomware threats without diving deep into the technical jargon of the internal structure of ransomware.

About the authors

Nihad A. Hassan is an independent information security consultant, digital forensics and cybersecurity expert, online blogger, and book author. He has been actively conducting research in different areas of information security for more than a decade and has developed numerous cybersecurity education courses and technical guides. He has completed several technical security consulting engagements involving security architectures, penetration testing, computer crime investigation, and cyber open source intelligence (OSINT).
Nihad has authored five books and scores of information security articles for various global publications. He also enjoys being involved in security training, education, and motivation. His current work focuses on digital forensics, anti-forensics techniques, digital privacy, and cyber OSINT. He covers different information security topics and related matters on his security blog at DarknessGate.com and recently launched a dedicated site for open source intelligence resources at OSINT.link.
Nihad has a BS honors degree in computer science from the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom. He can be followed on Twitter (@DarknessGate), and you can connect to him via LinkedIn at darknessgate.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Ransomware Overview

    Pages 3-28

    Hassan, Nihad A.

  • Ransomware Distribution Methods

    Pages 29-46

    Hassan, Nihad A.

  • Ransomware Families

    Pages 47-68

    Hassan, Nihad A.

  • Endpoint Defense Strategies

    Pages 71-114

    Hassan, Nihad A.

  • Enterprise Defense Strategies Against Ransomware Attacks

    Pages 115-154

    Hassan, Nihad A.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4255-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $32.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4254-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ransomware Revealed
Book Subtitle
A Beginner’s Guide to Protecting and Recovering from Ransomware Attacks
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Nihad A. Hassan
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-4255-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-4255-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-4254-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 218
Number of Illustrations
78 b/w illustrations
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