Preventing Digital Extortion

Learn the art of preventing digital extortion and securing confidential data

Preventing Digital Extortion

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Dhanya Thakkar

Learn the art of preventing digital extortion and securing confidential data
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ISBN 139781787120365
Paperback360 pages

Book Description

More and more cyber threats keep emerging every day, affecting organizations across the board, targeting the entire spectrum of the Internet. Digital--or cyber--extortion so far has come across as the most serious of such threats as it seeks to profit from criminal activity, akin to blackmail. Such extortion has been rising exponentially in the digital age and has become a huge illegal money-making business, affecting users and organizations ranging from small businesses to large enterprises.

This is an insightful study spelling out in detail the ways and means employed by cyber criminals in targeting various devices and the multiple dangers such malicious activity embodies.

Here will be found an overview of methods employed to impact and infect computers, smartphones, servers, and the IoT for cyber extortion. Then, it will move on to specific subjects in more detail, covering attacks such as DDoS-based extortion, cryptoviruses, and ransomware. You will learn how to prevent such attacks and eliminate them if you are compromised. This book will help you become a pro at securing your data and preventing your organization from paying a hefty ransom.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cyber Extortion
Cybercrime - underdefined and underregulated
Digital extortion
Ransomware
Summary
Chapter 2: DDoS Extortion
DDoS extortion - ransomware's older cousin
The science behind DDoS attacks
Defense techniques
Future trends
Summary
Chapter 3: Avoiding Data Theft Extortion
Data theft
Account thefts - accounts for sale
Defending against data and account theft extortion
Business E-mail Compromise (BEC)
How do BEC schemes work?
How to defend against BEC?
Summary
Chapter 4: Mitigating Locker Ransomware
Why is lockerware a major field player?
Reveton - when the police locks your screen
Stages of lockerware development in action
The advancement of locker ransomware - Winlock
Best practices for mitigating Lockerware
Summary
Chapter 5: Crypto Ransomware Prevention Techniques
Crypto ransomware
Ransomware's targets
Defense in depth
Summary
Chapter 6: Exploring Mobile Extortions
Mobile malware - an increasing security risk
Mobile ransomware
Ransomware timeline
Protecting your mobile phone
Future predictions
Summary
Chapter 7: Follow the Money
Cryptocurrency
Why is it so difficult to catch attackers?
Ransomware as a Service
Summary
Chapter 8: Held Hostage – What Now?
To pay or not to pay
Analyzing and responding
Cyber insurance review
The moral dilemma of malware
Summary
Chapter 9: Extortion of the Future
What does the future hold for ransomware?
Focus on operational security
Ransomware everywhere
Internet of Things (IoT) meets malware and extortion
Transforming the business model
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Delve into the various types, stages, and economics of digital extortion
  • Understand the science behind different attacks
  • Understand the gravity of and mechanics behind ransomware and prevent and mitigate data breaches and financial losses
  • Use effective tools to defend against ransomware
  • Analyze attacks, the money flow, and cyber insurance processes
  • Learn the art of preventing digital extortion and securing confidential data
  • Get an idea of the future of extortion tactics and how technological advances will affect their development

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cyber Extortion
Cybercrime - underdefined and underregulated
Digital extortion
Ransomware
Summary
Chapter 2: DDoS Extortion
DDoS extortion - ransomware's older cousin
The science behind DDoS attacks
Defense techniques
Future trends
Summary
Chapter 3: Avoiding Data Theft Extortion
Data theft
Account thefts - accounts for sale
Defending against data and account theft extortion
Business E-mail Compromise (BEC)
How do BEC schemes work?
How to defend against BEC?
Summary
Chapter 4: Mitigating Locker Ransomware
Why is lockerware a major field player?
Reveton - when the police locks your screen
Stages of lockerware development in action
The advancement of locker ransomware - Winlock
Best practices for mitigating Lockerware
Summary
Chapter 5: Crypto Ransomware Prevention Techniques
Crypto ransomware
Ransomware's targets
Defense in depth
Summary
Chapter 6: Exploring Mobile Extortions
Mobile malware - an increasing security risk
Mobile ransomware
Ransomware timeline
Protecting your mobile phone
Future predictions
Summary
Chapter 7: Follow the Money
Cryptocurrency
Why is it so difficult to catch attackers?
Ransomware as a Service
Summary
Chapter 8: Held Hostage – What Now?
To pay or not to pay
Analyzing and responding
Cyber insurance review
The moral dilemma of malware
Summary
Chapter 9: Extortion of the Future
What does the future hold for ransomware?
Focus on operational security
Ransomware everywhere
Internet of Things (IoT) meets malware and extortion
Transforming the business model
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781787120365
Paperback360 pages
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