May 12, 2021

DataBreachToday Turns to Jason G. Weiss for Insight on Discovering Ransomware Attacks

In “Did Data Leak Discovery Reveal a Ransomware Incident?” cybersecurity and data strategy counsel Jason G. Weiss shared insights with DataBreachToday on the potential for delayed discovery of a ransomware attack. The publication described how an exposed database of medical information on military veterans contained evidence of a possible ransomware incident, including a ransom demand message.

Weiss said a victim could be unaware for an extended period that they have been the victim of a ransomware attack, especially if the attackers’ goal was to steal data and threaten to release it unless a ransom was paid.

“Not every ransomware gang is sophisticated in its negotiation methods, and if their ransom note was a simple README text file located on the network, it could have been legitimately missed for some period of time,” Weiss noted.

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