Ransomware Threats Hidden in Plain Sight

Recent Ransomware Attacks

From a recent attack on the San Francisco 49ers’ network to the IRS’s increased attempts to identify dark money and help bring ransomware groups to jail. Ransomware threats hidden in plain sight are an increasing but preventable threat that is a worldwide issue.

Cloud Infrastructures

Cloud infrastructures are constantly being attacked by ransomware developers who take advantage of known weaknesses in cloud applications, virtual machine software, and virtual machine orchestration software. Ransomware threat actors also target cloud accounts, cloud application programming interfaces (APIs), and data backup and storage systems. Threat actors target these specific systems to prohibit access to cloud resources and encrypt data.

Software Supply Chains

In 2021 Ransomware threat actors also targeted software supply chain businesses around the world.. By focusing on software supply chains, ransomware threat actors can expand the scope of their attacks by gaining access to several victims through a single initial breach.

Holidays and Weekends

Throughout 2021, the FBI and CISA noticed cybercriminals carrying out increasingly damaging assaults against US firms on holidays and weekends. Because there are fewer network defenders and IT support employees at victim firms, ransomware threat actors may perceive holidays and weekends as easy targets for ransomware attacks.


90% of malware attacks are preventable with the top recommendation being multi-factor authentication. This requires entering something you have in addition to a username and password before providing access. Examples of multi-factor authentication would be a trusted device or a software or hardware token. This makes it far more difficult for ransomware to establish a foothold and keeps you better protected. With a large number of attacks occurring daily, ransomware threats hidden in plain sight are an increasing but preventable threat. Contact JENLOR today to take steps to better protect yourself from ransomware attacks.