👾 Ransomware attacks are hitting law firms hard
|Lawtrades||Feb 4, 2020|
Whatever you do when faced with a sketchy email, don’t open it. Ranswomare hackers are coming for lawyers.
At least five law firms have faced ransomware attacks in the last week: According to LawSites, the hackers are using Maze ransomware, which has also been used on victims that include the Italian food company Fratelli Beretta and the City of Pensacola.
It’s an extortion campaign: The hackers have threatened to release the firms’ confidential data, unless they pay a hefty ransom.
The ransomware is hard to avoid: Brett Callow, an analyst with cybersecurity company Emsisoft, told LawSites the emails are likely being crafted in a way that convinces lawyers to open an attachment that releases the ransomware.
Ransomware is a growing issue at law firms, with attacks on the rise since 2017. One big tip for avoiding hackers: Don’t open any attachments from an unknown sender, even if it seems like the sender is a potential client. Make a call to the client before opening.