IT Group was approached by a School who had found their IT systems to be infected with ransomware. This malware attack had, thankfully, not affected any student data, but had succeeded in encrypting all of the accounting files used to balance the school’s books and pay staff. The damage, while not business-crippling, had the potential to cause many issues that would cost both money and time to solve; luxuries that the education sector cannot afford.
Case Study: IT Group Complete Penetration Test and Find a School's Network and Systems to be Completely Insecure
In recent months IT Group has become aware of a number of ransomware attacks on educational institutions.
When such attacks occur, valuable data become inaccessible to users until a ransom is paid. Unfortunately, the ransomer may not unlock the documents after the payment is made meaning the data is potentially lost forever.
Forensic computer investigation techniques have been developed for almost as long as computers have been personal. However, just as the forensic technology stabilises, criminals are moving onto smarter and darker alternatives – video games.
Since its official release a few months back, Pokémon Go has exploded in popularity and is now one of the most downloaded mobile applications in history.
So much so that Pokémon Go updates rarely stray from the headlines, with various security-related horror stories reported on a daily basis.