LockBit ransomware threat for web design

lockbit ransomware threat to websites

The press and social media platforms are giving a lot of airspace to a ransomware threat affecting cyber security – do not panic!

LockBit ransomware has been around for a few years now, it’s a software program that can re-code your computer/server content making it unavailable to you unless you pay for the release code, hence ‘ransomware’.

We’ve checked with our web hosting guys who assure me that there is no threat to our hosting websites. Apart from the existing server security offered, the servers are running on Linux operating systems, most ransomware including Lockbit is targeting Microsoft Windows devices.

“I would like to reassure you that this does not affect your server(s). We do not use VMWare and the ransomware you have mentioned targets Windows not Linux.”

Lockbit also tends to target corporate businesses. It’s difficult to estimate how many businesses have been attacked because not all will declare their predicament due to customer confidence, but it is a lot. So, this week’s news about security agencies managing to ‘disrupt’ Lockbit’s infrastructure is indeed good news. But this is not an office-based company, it’s not even a recognised trading group. More likely an underground consortium hell-bent of destroying the established order.

They will be back! So double up on security and if possible, follow these top tips

  • Strong passwords.
  • Use multi-factor authentication
  • Delete outdated and unused data
  • Follow up to date security procedures
  • Always have system-wide backups

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