Ransomware attacks are growing in severity and sophistication. Two newly-discovered strains, Samsam and Maktub Locker, are prime examples of what healthcare organizations can expect in the near-future.
The ransomware Samsam gains access to an organization’s network by exploiting vulnerabilities in JBoss servers, such as a missing patch, and spreads to all machines connected to the network.
Maktub Locker, for its part, enters through spam or phishing emails with a virus hidden in an attachment, like a .ZIP file. Once opened, MakTub encrypts all data and systems connected to the network.