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20 Aug

Why CEO’s Shouldn’t Ignore the Human Factor in Cyber Security in Kenya

Why CEO’s Shouldn’t Ignore the Human Factor in Cyber Security in Kenya

In this era and with the world COVID pandemic, the majority of CEO’s are still taking cyber security requirements too lightly leading to serious consequences. The human element is still playing the biggest role in rendering most businesses vulnerable to cyber security threats and attacks. A recent study conducted by Kaspersky Lab on over 5,000 businesses around the globe revealed that about 52% (which is more than half) of businesses believe they are at risk from within. This is to say, the staff, either intentionally or unintentionally through acts of carelessness or lack of knowledge put the businesses they work for at great risk of cyber-related threats. 

Kenya is not exceptional when it comes to cyber risks, therefore CEO’s ought to be aware of how easy it is for employees or the human factor to impact a company’s security by exposing the companies to security breaches. On many occasions, the same employees can be used as the attack vectors by being careless or uninformed hence becoming prone to threats such as phishing and social engineering since they do not know how to spot the difference between a legitimate application or fake one to lure them opening a malicious malware or virus application.

It is very important for businesses not to consider policies alone as a way of covering cyber-related risks since not all policies are always followed. CEO’s therefore should consider solutions that provide more visibility and centralized security management of corporate networks, regular employee awareness training on cyber security so that they can be conscious of the impacts if they are ignoring the risk, they are exposing the company by their null or negative actions to safeguard the company data.

Any individual with access to an organization’s systems and data is a potential vulnerability. Most if not all of the high-profile corporate security incidents and breaches involve a human error or intentional, malicious actions. This is because many of them are usually successful cyber-attacks from external attackers who take advantage of the human weaknesses to lure insiders within organizations to provide them with access to sensitive company information. 

Below are the Human Factor Strategies to consider for your organization

  1. Cyber workforce development:  Build a cyber workforce, capable of rising to the challenge of cyber security through recruiting and retaining efforts. 
  2. Training and awareness: Take a fresh look at information security training & awareness efforts; provide immersive learning opportunities to reinforce behavior change.
  3. Stakeholder and leadership engagement: Set up partnerships with leadership across organizations and ensure that leadership engages and supports cyber security programs.
  4. Finance Security initiatives: Organizations must also adopt more comprehensive strategies and increase their cyber security budgets. Of most importance is the adoption of threat intelligence which is not only based on technology but also human expertise. Threat intelligence systems usually automate the process of identifying important attacks out of vast data, tracking events as they occur with a real-time analysis that monitors the behavior of software, systems, and the human factory to detect a malicious incident. All this has to be planned with a budget in mind.

Do you need a cyber security training or the implementation of threat intelligence systems? 

Call East African Data Handlers today ( +254 0711 051 000) remember your employees urgently need an online cyber security training to protect themselves and the company data against any cyber-attacks. Remember by making employees aware of security threats, how they might present, and what procedures to follow when a threat is identified, you‘re indeed strengthening the most vulnerable links in the chain.

Did you know that Threat Intelligence also enables organizations to draw on evidence-based knowledge, including but not limited to the context, mechanisms, indicators, implications, and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard? Since the event is logged, Threat Intelligence platforms provide forensic data that can be used to conduct the root cause analysis by determining the patterns, predict possible attacks and attack vectors, and help to prevent future attacks.

Did you recently experience a data breach? Get in touch with us today so that we can help you discover when, how, who, and why the breach was successful.  Call now ( +254 0711 051 000) 

The most effective strategy is therefore to recreate an actual working environment and putting employees amid a very real cyber-attack that they must defend against. 

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19 Aug

Ransomware – What Is It & How To Remove It

WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

East African Data Handlers a Trusted Data Recovery Company in Kenya for all your Ransomware services.

Def:  Ransomware attack  can be defined having as an advanced malware or virus that deters users from accessing their PC or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware Encrypted files Recovery

East Africa Data Handlers is a Data Recovery company in Kenya that can help you decrypt and get back your Encrypted Data from a Ransomware Attack.

As we all know, Ransomware is a type of Virus  or malware that denies Access to computer Systems unless a ransom is paid to a hacker. This type of malicious software can be spread through emails or visiting infected websites inadvertently. Its can affect range of storage media including but not limited to Server, NAS Storage, SAN Storage, External Hard Disk, Desktop PC, Laptop & RAID that are designed for specialized application in a busy computing environments.

What are the Symptoms of Ransomware Virus or malware Attack ?

A ransomware Virus  or Malware can take various forms and dimensions. Some of  the signs that should make you begin suspecting that your network or storage device has been affected by ransomware include:

  • A pop-Up Notification that blocks access to files or an entire computer system and displays an message with instruction on how to pay ransomware so that you can restore access

  • Having your  not opening and sometimes the display message informs the user that the system is missing a valid application to open inaccessible files even though you have the right programs installed.

Why Data Handlers for Encrypted Data Recovery?

Data Handlers has more than 15 years’ experience in the Data Recovery Services in Nairobi, Our technicians have the necessary skills and tools required to recover data after a ransomware virus attack and restore the health of the affected devices. Ransomware Virus or Malware mostly target large corporations that can operate without their proprietary software and critical data. The hackers who launch that attack will only withdraw their malicious software from your system if you pay the ransom-even then. It is not a guarantee that these companies will restore access to your data.

We are a legitimate business that charges a considerable fee, which is significantly lower than what the captors of the data could be asking for in a ransom. Contact our customer care service center info@eadatahandlers.co.ke or visit send us a quick chat on our website for all the instructions on “The steps needed  to diagnose your device”. Our engineers will also recommend preventive measures that you should implement to safeguard it against future Virus attacks ransomware.

For direct Reach  for other Data recovery in Nairobi, Call us at 0711051000 and ask to speak with a ransomware recovery specialist.

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18 Aug

CLOUD COMPUTING IN KENYA

CLOUD COMPUTING IN KENYA

Its no longer in doubt that the future is in cloud computing. What does it mean with organizations moving to ‘cloud’? In simple terms cloud computing is a new model of service delivery in which as opposed to legacy/traditional investment on physical IT devices the latter is accessed using a ‘pay as you go’ model from cloud providers. The cloud provider will now be in charge of maintaining the customers IT infrastructure, integration with the existing infrastructure as well as developing new functionalities on demand basis.

There exist three types of cloud computing models namely: public, private and hybrid difference between them lying in the amount of management required as well as the security requirement of the client. In public cloud the entire infrastructure is located at the cloud provider premises and is delivered over the internet. For private cloud as the name suggests is exclusively for an organization and provides the highest level of control and security.

The demand for cloud computing in Kenya in the recent years has been on an increase trend as it offers scalability, agility and flexibility as you only pay as much as you need. Most businesses have appreciated the need to focus on strategic tasks and avoid large upfront investments in IT Systems.one of the major concerns why most of the businesses are reluctant moving some/all their services to cloud is security of their data. The other factor is privacy of data as in cloud computing data is stored on another server thus losing control.

Adopting cloud computing presents endless opportunities for private industries, individuals or even the government as they are able to access massive computational power and at a low cost. On the flipside Investments in cloud computing for enterprises require both financial and technical expertise hence the need to evaluate the cost, benefits and risks before making such moves.

The hard decision of which services to move into the cloud should be informed by successful case studies as advised by the solution provide. Of the function and services that have been migrated to cloud and working effectively include human resources services, CRM, payroll, ERP systems, project management, accounting, finance and application development.

East African Data handlers is among the leaders in this space offering platform as a service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a service(Saas) and software as a service(Saas).This has been possible as a result of key strategic partnerships with leading cloud providers such as Amazon web Services, Microsoft azure , google cloud and Vmware.

In concluding, to accelerate adoption of cloud computing in Kenya there is need to for cloud providers to provide statistics and case studies and statistics of the same for enterprise to understand the application of cloud services. This will make companies understand the concept as well as making advantages/benefits of cloud adoption observable.

Need Cloud Computing Services?

Now have you made your decision? Call now 0711 051 000 or visit www.datarecovery.co.ke to see our Data Recovery Services we Offer.

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17 Jul

Data Recovery Kenya – East Africa Data Handlers – Data Recovery Nairobi

Data Recovery Kenya-East Africa Data Handlers-Data Recovery Nairobi

Data Recovery | Digital Forensics | Cyber Security | Kenya & East Africa. Call +0711 051 000

Do you know Data Loss is only temporary and we prove it every day with the highest Data Recovery Success rate in Kenya and East Africa. At East Africa  Data Handlers this what we do.

We retrieve data from Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid Systems, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN), Tapes, Servers, SAS and SCSI Hard Drives, Memory Cards, Mobile Phones, Flash Drives, Solid State Drives & Ransomware Encryption.

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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Through our Data Recovery services , We offer world-leading solutions and multiple data recovery service options for virtually all types of hard drives (IDE, EIDE), Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, SAS, SSD and Fibre Channel in Nairobi, Kenya
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Server Data Recovery

When your server fails or is missing data, we understand the urgency to recover your data and get you back up and running.Our team of engineers are experts in server data recovery. We work with our clients and the equipment manufacturer to recover the maximum amount of data as quickly as possible. We offer 24/7 Emergency and Onsite data recovery for Servers because they are the heart beat of any organization. Oracle servers, retrieve lost SQL data, recover files from Dell servers, HP servers and RAID configured devices across Nairobi Kenya
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Mobile Phone Data Recovery

We know how to recover data from mobile internal storage? The mobile phone has stored many important data, like, photos, videos, messages, and other files. What if your cellphone got damaged and inaccessible. All the important files that stored in your cell phone have been lost, or you accidentally deleted important files. Based on trust, customers rely on East African Data Handlers  for recovery services for their mobile phones. Recovery is possible on most Android and Apple Phones. Ie Iphones, Ipads, HTC, LG, Samsung, Infinix, Techno and more accross Kenya
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NAS & SAN Data Recovery

SAN environments can incorporate a number of different types of computer hardware, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices and RAID systems where devices communicate using the block-based SCSI protocol over dedicated Fibre Channel or Internet Protocol (IP) network. Because of its many elements, SAN architectures can be quite complex and the more complex the system, the more likely a failure can occur in one component, affecting the entire storage environment.

East African Data Handlers routinely recovers data from:

  • Single or Multiple Disk Failure
  • Failed Software or Operating System Upgrades
  • Mechanical Failure (Clicking, Buzzing)
  • Virus Attack
  • System Crash
  • Accidental Deletion of Data or Reformat of NAS Volume
  • Physical Damage (Fire, Water, Smoke, Etc.)
  • Power Surge Causing Physical or Logical Corruption
  • Data Could Not Be Viewed Due To Security System Failure

The #1 cause of unrecoverable data is due to individuals or technicians attempting data recovery on their own.

NAS is an alternative to a specialized storage area network (SAN). NAS devices are often connected to a shared general purpose local area network, reducing cost overhead, while also reducing access speed. The protocol used with NAS is a file based protocol such as Network File System (NFS) or Microsoft’s Common Internet File System (CIFS).

Most network storage systems contain more than one hard disk drive, often in a RAID configuration and are a computer by itself with its own operating system. Having a hard drive fail or even one the computer components could make it impossible for your IT department to recover the data due to the nonstandard operating system.

Unexpected failure may cause data inaccessibility or even data loss. Often this occurs between data backups or on data that has no backup at all. Utilizing proprietary data recovery technology, our data recovery specialists will recover the data you need in a timely, secure and cost effective manner. We have established a level of expertise in RAID, SAN, and NAS recovery that is unparalleled by even the manufacturers of the systems that we recover data from.

Our combination of custom software and extensive experience means we do not need your hardware or your controller to perform data recovery on your RAID, SAN or NAS storage system. We only need the drives from the sub-system. You can keep the trays, rails, cables and miscellaneous hardware. This allows you to replace the drives and start the rebuild process while we recover the data from the originals. You no longer have to wait to get your equipment back.

East African Data Handlers  offers multiple data recovery service options across Kenya for recovering lost or inaccessible data from NAS & SAN Storage devices. ie Apple, Buffalo, Dell, NetGear, Lacie, Iomega, G-Drive, HP and more.
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SSD Data Recovery

Solid state drives (SSDs) offer a bevy of benefits over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). The primary advantage of SSDs is that they use nonvolatile memory chips that improve performance and loading speed. They use less energy and are more compact, making them perfect for laptops and mobile devices that require more lightweight storage options. What’s more, SSDs differ from HDDs in that they do not have an actuator arm that writes data onto a spinning disk. This absence of moving mechanical parts decreases the likelihood of damaging the drive or disrupting data reading and writing when using storage devices in transit.

That being said, many SSD users assume their SSDs are more reliable than HDDs because their lack of moving parts should theoretically mean less opportunity on the whole for something to go wrong. Unfortunately, this is incorrect.

While SSDs have rightly earned their reputation for high-speed performance, they are not infallible. In fact, generally speaking, the longevity of an SSD seems to be pretty on par with that of an HDD. In other words, despite their many advantages, SSDs are still susceptible to memory deterioration and physical faults. Flash memory wears out over time, while capacitors, power supply, and controller chips all make SSDs prone to electrical failures.

For this reason, it’s crucial for MSPs to understand that SSDs can fail and prepare themselves with adequate precautionary measures to help customers avoid data loss. The bottom line is that SSD death can be unpredictable and unavoidable in some cases, which is why it’s best to learn about preemptive measures and SSD data recovery well in advance of a potential failure.

Through our Recovery products and services, East African Data Handlers can help clients understand and manage the challenges associated with Solid State Drive Data Recovery. ie Kingston, Samsung, WD Black & Black SSD etc.
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Raid Data Recovery

Having problems with your RAID 0-6 array?

Does the battery or power issue lead to RAID failure? Damaged RAID’s controller? RAID logical volume was formatted? RAID Volume inaccessible? RAID disk not recognized? Need to repair software or hardware RAID? Is one of the RAID’s disk dead?

Very likely that your precious files are at high risk. Are you afraid of the complete loss of your data?

At East African Data Handlers we use advanced data recovery tools and techniques to repair, recover and rebuild inaccessible data from all types of RAID systems ie Raid 1, Raid 0, Raid 5, Raid 6, Raid 10 etc
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Ransomware Attack Data Recovery

You’re working on your computer and you notice that it seems slower. Or perhaps you can’t access document or media files that were previously available.

You might be getting error messages from Windows telling you that a file is of an “Unknown file type” or “Windows can’t open this file.”

If you’re on a Mac, you might see the message “No associated application,” or “There is no application set to open the document.”

Another possibility is that you’re completely locked out of your system. If you’re in an office, you might be looking around and seeing that other people are experiencing the same problem. Some are already locked out, and others are just now wondering what’s going on, just as you are.

Then you see a message confirming your fears.

You’ve been infected with ransomware.

Attacked by Ransomware and can’t access your files? Don’t worry, We perform ransomware virus recovery service on any Ransomware family: WannaCry, Jigsaw, CryptoLocker etc  we are the best solution provider in ransomware virus recovery from any Server, PC.
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Cyber Security

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It’s also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.

  • Network security is the practice of securing a computer network from intruders, whether targeted attackers or opportunistic malware.
  • Application security focuses on keeping software and devices free of threats. A compromised application could provide access to the data its designed to protect. Successful security begins in the design stage, well before a program or device is deployed.
  • Information security protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.
  • Operational security includes the processes and decisions for handling and protecting data assets. The permissions users have when accessing a network and the procedures that determine how and where data may be stored or shared all fall under this umbrella.
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity define how an organization responds to a cyber-security incident or any other event that causes the loss of operations or data. Disaster recovery policies dictate how the organization restores its operations and information to return to the same operating capacity as before the event. Business continuity is the plan the organization falls back on while trying to operate without certain resources.
  • End-user education addresses the most unpredictable cyber-security factor: people. Anyone can accidentally introduce a virus to an otherwise secure system by failing to follow good security practices. Teaching users to delete suspicious email attachments, not plug in unidentified USB drives, and various other important lessons is vital for the security of any organization.

Cyber attacks have become common, that’s why we provide managed security services that help companies detect & respond to threats and breaches. Talk to our cyber security experts today to defend your systems & data from attacks.
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Digital Forensics

What is Digital Forensics?

Digital Forensics is defined as the process of preservation, identification, extraction, and documentation of computer evidence which can be used by the court of law. It is a science of finding evidence from digital media like a computer, mobile phone, server, or network. It provides the forensic team with the best techniques and tools to solve complicated digital-related cases.

Digital Forensics helps the forensic team to analyzes, inspect, identifies, and preserve the digital evidence residing on various types of electronic devices.

We offer the forensic analysis of Laptops, Desktops, smartphones, tablets and other devices In Kenya. recover deleted data, text messages, call logs, docs, browser history.
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Cloud and Data Backup

What is cloud backup and how does it work?

Cloud backup, also known as online backup or remote backup, is a strategy for sending a copy of a physical or virtual file or database to a secondary, off-site location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe. The secondary server and storage systems are usually hosted by a third-party service provider, who charges the backup customer a fee based on storage space or capacity used, data transmission bandwidth, number of users, number of servers or number of times data is accessed.

Implementing cloud data backup can help bolster an organization’s data protection strategy without increasing the workload of information technology (IT) staff. The labor-saving benefit may be significant and enough of a consideration to offset some of the additional costs associated with cloud backup, such as data transmission charges.

We provide a cloud based backup and recovery solution in Kenya that provides SMEs, Private Companies, Government Institution and even Individuals with offsite backup solution.

FAQ

1.Where are we located  for data recovery in kenya nairobi city. ( data recovery nairobi kenya) ( east africa data recovery  kenya)

  • We are located at Chiromo Court 3rd floor

2. What are data recovery prices in nairobi

  • We operate on no data recovered no charge policy. ( data recovery kenya price )

3. What are the data recovery techniques we use?

  • Different devices have different form of data recovery.

4. Do we sell any data recovery software?

  • No we don’t but we have custom types by the manufacturers of the devices.

5. Are the any recovery options kenya?

  • Yes there are but, we are the best due to our vast experience.

Contact us now:

Call now 0711 051 000. We are the Data recovery Experts in Kenya and Africa.
Do not Suffer in Silence we can help.  We are located at Chiromo Court 3rd floor Nairobi Kenya.

 

 

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08 Jul
16 Jun

Data Recovery Kenya-East Africa Data Handlers -Data Recovery Nairobi

Data Recovery Kenya-East African Data Handlers -Data Recovery Nairobi

Looking for  the best  partner for your Data Recovery services | Digital Forensics  services | Cyber Security services  in Kenya & East Africa. Call  Now +254711051000. Do you know the loss of Data is not permanent but temporary ?  At East African Data Handlers Ltd  we  have  pure evidence of having one of the highest Data Recovery Success rate in  Africa , Kenya and East Africa.

Why us East African Data Handlers

At East African Data Handlers, We can  do data retrieval services from  from Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid Systems, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN), Tapes, Servers, SAS and SCSI Hard Drives, Memory Cards, Mobile Phones, Flash Drives, Solid State Drives & Ransomware Encryption.

Our  Data Recovery Services

Hard Drive Data Recovery :

Through our Data Recovery services , We offer world-leading solutions and multiple data recovery service options for virtually all types of hard drives (IDE, EIDE), Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, SAS, SSD and Fibre Channel in Nairobi, Kenya
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Server Data Recovery:

We offer 24/7 Emergency and Onsite data recovery for Servers because they are the heart beat of any organization. Oracle servers, retrieve lost SQL data, recover files from Dell servers, HP servers and RAID configured devices across Nairobi Kenya data recovery

Mobile Phone Data Recovery:

Based on trust, customers rely on East Africa Recovery Experts for recovery services for their mobile phones. Recovery is possible on most Android and Apple Phones. Ie Iphones, Ipads, HTC, LG, Samsung, Infinix, Techno and more accross Kenya data recovery service

NAS & SAN Data Recovery:

East Africa Recovery Experts offers multiple data recovery service options across Kenya for recovering lost or inaccessible data from NAS & SAN Storage devices. ie Apple, Buffalo, Dell, NetGear, Lacie, Iomega, G-Drive, HP and more data recovery

SSD Data Recovery:

Through our Recovery products and services, East Africa Recovery Experts can help clients understand and manage the challenges associated with Solid State Drive Data Recovery. ie Kingston, Samsung, WD Black & Black SSD etc.
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Raid Data Recovery:

At East Africa Recovery Experts, we use advanced data recovery tools and techniques to repair, recover and rebuild inaccessible data from all types of RAID systems ie Raid 1, Raid 0, Raid 5, Raid 6, Raid 10 etc data recovery kenya

Ransomware Attack Data Recovery:

Attacked by Ransomware and can’t access your files? Don’t worry, We perform ransomware virus recovery service on any Ransomware family: WannaCry, Jigsaw, CryptoLocker etc Experts in ransomware virus recovery from any Server, PC. data recovery in kenya

Cyber Security:

Cyber attacks have become common, that’s why we provide managed security services that help companies detect & respond to threats and breaches. Talk to our cyber security experts today to defend your systems & data from attacks.
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Digital Forensics:

We offer the forensic analysis of Laptops, Desktops, smartphones, tablets and other devices In Kenya. recover deleted data, text messages, call logs, docs, browser history.
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Cloud and Data Backup:

We provide a cloud based backup and recovery solution in Kenya that provides SMEs, Private Companies, Government Institution and even Individuals with offsite backup solution.

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14 Apr

Different Types of Ransomware

Do you know Different Types of Ransomware ?

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Type of malware (malicious software) that locks your computer screen and prevents you from accessing your files and asks you to pay a certain … The most debated topics in the IT world today is about Ransomware. Case study that caused this was the large-scale impact caused by the WannaCry ransomware which happened to cripple many businesses across the world. The most annoying thing about Ransomware is the constant repackaging and evolving by hackers making them very hard to keep track of the latest versions or strains of ransomware.

Do you know each variant of ransomware has its own way of spreading, and heavily rely on social engineering tactics to lure and deceive its users while they hold their critical information or data hostage ( Ransom ) . Allow us to check the various ransomware variants well known now;

CryptoLocker

The CyptoLocker ransomware came into existence in 2013 when hackers used the original CryptoLocker botnet approach in ransomware. It is one of the oldest forms of cyber attacks which has been around for the past two decades.

In terms of destruction to data, CyptoLocker ransomware is on of the most form of ransomware for it makes us of very strong encryption algorithms. More than often proves to be impossible to decrypt (restore) the Crypto ransomware-infected computer and files without paying the ransom.

WannaCry

The WannaCry ransomware has a history of infecting more than 125,000 organizations in the globe. Its alternative names given to the WannaCry ransomware are WCry or WanaCrypt0r. It is by far the most widely known ransomware variant across the globe.

Bad Rabbit

Bad Rabbit first infection was across Russia and Eastern Europe and spreads through a fake Adobe Flash update on most compromised websites.

Cerber

Running any cloud-based Office 365 as a user Cerber is the ransomware variant which will target you. An elaborate phishing campaign to the Millions of Office 365 users was carried out by the Cerber ransomware to form as the target prey.

Crysis

Crysis is the most annoying type of ransomware that encrypts files on fixed drives, removable drives, and network drives , you just get stack. Mode of infection or spreads are through malicious email attachments that have double-file extension, be on the Look out. Why its hated is because of use of a strong encryption algorithms making the owner have a difficult operation of services and request for its decrypt time delays you.

CryptoWall

This is an advanced form of CryptoLocker ransomware. First sited in 2014 immediately after downfall of the original CryptoLocker variant. This days it has multiple variants of CryptoWall in existence that is CryptoDefense, CryptoBit, CryptoWall 2.0, and CryptoWall 3.0.

GoldenEye

Similar to the infamous Petya ransomware. Mode of spreading is by massive social engineering campaign which targets ( HR ) human resources departments. When a user ( HR) etc, downloads the GoldenEye-infected file, silently it auto start a macro that will encrypt files on the (users) victim’s computer device.

Jigsaw

When you have a timer to finish your data then this is the variant. Jigsaw is the most destructive types of ransomware that encrypts and slowly and systematically deletes all the encrypted files until a ransom is paid. The deletion process for the files is hourly basis until the 72-hour mark- when all the remaining files are deleted.

Locky

You can call it the invoice ransomware. Usually spreads through email message disguised as an invoice. Locky locks the victim’s computer and prevent them from using it.

How this infection takes place. When a victim opens the invoice email attachment, it gets deleted automatically and are directed to enable macros to help read the documents and once they enable, Locky starts to encrypt multiple file types using the AES encryption.

Other variants known are , Petya, NotPetya, TeslaCrypt, TorrentLocker, ZCryptor, etc., just know they are designed for malicious activities.

How do you prevent Ransomware ?

Make sure you follow the below

  • Install SSL for Websites
  • Practicing safe computing habits and by using up to date security software ( Antiviruses )
  • Do your part by remaining vigilant and install trusted security software.
  • Make sure you don’t open or download email attachment that you know you do not know the sender.

For more details about East African Data Handlers Ransomware Recovery Services ( Decryption Services ) contact us at info@datarecovery.co.ke or +254 711 051 000

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20 Feb

Chinese Spyware Pre-Installed on All Samsung Phones (& Tablets)

Chinese Spyware Pre-Installed on All Samsung Phones (& Tablets)

The reddit user throws light on the Samsung’s involvement with Qihoo 360,

I know the title is rather sensational, however it couldn’t get any closer to the truth.

For those who are too busy to read the whole post, here’s the TL;DR version: The storage scanner in the Device Care section is made by a super shady Chinese data-mining/antivirus company called Qihoo 360. It comes pre-installed on your Samsung phone or tablet, communicates with Chinese servers, and you CANNOT REMOVE it (unless using ADB or other means).

This is by no means signaling hate toward Samsung. I have ordered the Galaxy S10+ once it’s available in my region and I’m very happy with it. I have been a long time lurker on r/samsung and r/galaxys10 reading tips and tricks about my phone. However, I want to detail my point of view on this situation.

For those who don’t know, there’s a Device Care function in Settings. For me, it’s very useful for optimizing my battery usage and I believe most users have a positive feedback about this addition that Samsung has put in our devices. With that being said, I want to go into details regarding the storage cleaner inside Device Care.

If you go inside the Storage section of Device Care, you’ll see a very tiny printed line “powered by 360”. Those in the west may not be familiar with this company, but it’s a very shady company from China that has utilized many dirty tricks to attempt getting a larger market share. Its antivirus (for PC) is so notorious that it has garnered a meme status in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Chinese speaking countries’ Internet communities. For example, 360 Antivirus on PC would ACTIVELY search for and mark other competitors’ products as a threat and remove them. Others include force installation of 360’s browser bars, using misleading advertisements (e.g. those ‘YOUR DEVICE HAS 2 VIRUSES, DOWNLOAD OUR APP TO SCAN NOW’ ads). These tactics has even got the attention of the Chinese government, and several court cases has already been opened in China to address 360’s terrible business deeds. (On the Chinese version of Wikipedia you can read further about the long list of their terrible misconducts, but there’s already many on its English Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qihoo_360).

If the company’s ethics are not troublesome enough, let me introduce you to the ‘Spyware’ allegation I made in the title. A news report from the Chinese government’s mouthpiece ChinaDaily back in 2017 reveals 360’s plan to partner up with the government to provide more big data insights. In another Taiwanese news report back in 2014, 360’s executive even admits that 360 would hand the data over to the Chinese government whenever he is asked to in an interview (https://www.ithome.com.tw/news/89998). The Storage scanner on your phone have full access to all your personal data (since it’s part of the system), and by Chinese laws and regulations, would send these data to the government when required.

With that in mind, for those who know intermediate computer networking, I setup a testing environment on my laptop with Wireshark trying to capture the packets and see what domains my phone are talking to. I head over to Device Care’s storage section and tapped update database (this manual update function seems to be missing from One UI 2.0), and voila, I immediately saw my phone communicating to many Chinese servers (including 360 [dot] cn, wshifen [dot] com). I have collected the packets and import them into NetworkMiner, here’s the screenshot of the domains: https://imgur.com/EtfInqv. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to parse what exactly was transferred to the servers, since it would require me to do a man in a middle attack on my phone which required root access (and rooting seemed to be impossible on my Snapdragon variant). If you have a deeper knowledge about how to parse the encrypted packets, please let me know.

Some may say that it’s paranoia, but please think about it. Being the digital dictatorship that is the Chinese government, it can force 360 to push an update to the storage scanner and scan for files that are against their sentiment, marking these users on their “Big Data platform”, and then swiftly remove all traces through another update. OnePlus has already done something similar by pushing a sketchy Clipboard Capturer to beta versions of Oxygen OS (which compared clipboard contents to a ‘badword’ list), and just call it a mistake later. Since it’s close source, we may really know what’s being transmitted to the said servers. Maybe it was simply contacting the servers for updates and sending none of our personal data, but this may change anytime (considering 360’s notorious history).

I discovered that the Device Care could not even be disabled in Settings. I went ahead and bought an app called PD MDM (not available on Play Store) and it can disable builtin packages without root (by abusing Samsung’s Knox mechanism, I assume). However I suffered a great battery performance loss by disabling the package, since the battery optimizer is also disabled too.

After a bit of digging, the storage cleaning in Device Care seemed to be present for a long time, but I’m not sure since which version of Android. It previously seemed to be handled by another sketchy Chinese company called JinShan (but that’s another story), but got replaced by 360 recently.

Personally, I’m extremely disappointed in Samsung’s business decision. I didn’t know about 360 software’s presence on my phone until I bought it, and no information was ever mentioned about 360 in the initial Setup screen. I could have opted for a OnePlus or Xiaomi with the same specs and spending much less money, but I chose Samsung for its premium build quality, and of course, less involvement from the Chinese government. We, as consumers, paid a premium on our devices, but why are we exposed to the same privacy threats rampant on Chinese phone brands? I get it that Samsung somehow has to monetize their devices with partnerships, but please, partner with a much more reputable company. Even Chinese’s Internet users show a great distrust about the Qihoo 360 company, how can we trust this shady and sketchy company’s software running on our devices?

This is not about politics, and for those who say ‘USA is doing the same, why aren’t you triggered?’, I want to clarify that, no, if the same type of behavior is observed on USA companies, I will be equally upset. As for those who have the “nothing to hide” mentality, you can buy a Chinese phone brand anytime you like. That is your choice. We choose Samsung because we believe it stand by its values, but this is a clear violation of this kind of trust.

If you share the same concern, please, let our voices be heard by Samsung. I love Reddit and I believe it’s a great way to get the community’s attention about this issue. Our personal data is at great risk.
To Samsung, if you’re reading this, please 1.) Partner with an entirely different company or 2.) At least make the Storage scanner optional for us. We really like your devices, please give us a reason to continue buying them.

Temporary Solution and Concern to note also.

Just in case in all the apps you’ve downloaded you spot ads , please note  also the developers of those apps are sharing and selling your data as part of adverts, nothing personal so to speak but those terms and conditions we all ignore to read before installing or are made difficult to locate where the links are. This is what screws everyone for ignoring them. Please read and know what you are bound to or about to give conceit for them to access.

The authorized system tracks or monitor your browser history, apps, the  music you listen or even stuff you normally buy on Amazon, eBay or even in google and to make matters worse triangulate your location. Well this is the future of A.I for big data being sold shared and sold out by the giants.

Solution: As a temporary solution, change all your settings for your apps, clear your browser’s history, daily clean all your cache’s out, delete apps you don’t use or need. Please read the terms before installing. This will minimize your exposure.

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This blog is Courtesy of Reddit.com

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