A new group called SnapMC can hack into your computer and steal all of your information. It only takes them less than the time it would take to get a pizza delivered. They do this by demanding money to keep the information they stole from being published. But you do not need to worry because there are ways for you to protect yourself, like with patches that are available now or an antivirus software.
Vulnerabilities in VPNs
Recently, people have found vulnerabilities in their VPNs. They are scared that they will be attacked by hackers. The NSA and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have told the Department of Defense, National Security Systems, and the Defense Industrial Base to harden their VPNs against threats from multiple nation-state advanced persistent threat actors. Nation-state actors aside, basic patching would protect you from another attempt at data extortion.
NCC Group’s Threat Intelligence team (official website) thinks that data-breach extortion attacks will increase over time. These are different from ransomware. They take less time and the person who does it might not have as much skill. It is important to detect these attacks and be ready with an incident response plan so you can protect your organization.