The Cerber ransomware family accounted for 33% of all ransomware attacks in 2019, which has led to the rise in global ransomware attacks. Cerber ransomware operates as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), which means a hacker will license Cerber ransomware over the Internet and then split any collected ransoms with its developer. For a 40% cut of any ransoms, you can become a Cerber affiliate. But, there is no honor among thieves, and very often, attackers that deliver the ransomware wind up keeping all of the money.
Cerber is an example of evolved ransomware technology. Its author offloads finding targets and infecting systems to affiliates in exchange for a cut of the profit. Affiliates get a highly functional piece of software they are free to distribute, and via bitcoin payments, the exchanges are all anonymous and difficult to track.
How Do You Protect Yourself from Cerber Ransomware?
For adequate data protection, the best option is to establish a data backup strategy to protect and restore your data. This reduces the risk of data loss when a ransomware attack occurs. Backup your data regularly via the cloud or offsite storage. Additionally, use an advanced anti-malware solution with anti-ransomware technology and real-time protection to detect, remove and block ransomware like Cerber. Once Cerber has started to encrypt files, you should take the affected computer offline to prevent it from spreading to other computers or network drives. Cerber uses RSA encryption, and since it’s not feasible to crack that encryption in a timely manner, hopefully, you have a good recent backup of your important documents.
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