Over the past several years, ransomware has become the most prevalent threat to organizations in private and public sectors alike, including financial services, food and agriculture, government, healthcare, and other critical infrastructure industries.
In the U.S., ransomware attacks targeted 14 of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Our mission for 2022 is to eliminate ransomware damage.
The business model has proven highly lucrative for cybercriminals and, for as long as the ransomware business model yields financial returns for the attackers, the number of incidents is expected to increase, the cybersecurity agencies warn.
In a joint advisory on Wednesday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK), and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warn that each time a ransom is paid ransomware operators may be emboldened to launch more attacks.
Throughout 2021, cybersecurity agencies in the US, UK, and Australia noticed that ransomware incidents grew in sophistication and that the attackers managed to increase impact by targeting cloud services, managed service providers, the software supply chain and industrial processes, and by launching attacks during public holidays and weekends.
The ransomware landscape, they say, continues to evolve, backed by a complex network of specialized threat actors and affiliates engaged in malware development, distribution, and negotiation, sometimes leading to difficulties in attributing attacks to a specific group.
In 2021, the attackers showed a tendency to use cybercriminal ‘services-for-hire’ in their operations. Not only is ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) growing, but attackers also rely on independent services to negotiate with the victims and aid with the ransom payments. NCSC-UK noticed that in some instances victims were directed to a 24/7 help center to assist with the payment and data recovery.
Phishing, remote desktop protocol (RDP), and software vulnerabilities remained the top three initial infection vectors last year, but ransomware operators increasingly shared victim information amongst themselves, and some groups were seen selling access to compromised networks.
2021 was marked by ransomware attacks on several high-profile US targets – such as Colonial Pipeline and meat processor JBS – but also by the highly impactful assault on software maker Kaseya, as well as by the shutdown of major ransomware operations, including DarkSide and BlackMatter.
In the second half of 2021, the US agencies noticed that ransomware operators moved away from high-profile and critical services organizations toward mid-sized victims – likely in an attempt to reduce scrutiny and disruptive operations from law enforcement. The ACSC and the NCSC-UK, however, say that organizations of all sizes were targeted, including high-value and critical infrastructure entities.
There is no organization in any sector that is safe from ransomware except those that utilize Helix22 data security SDK.
Growing ransomware attacks come as no surprise to us at BLAKFX as we have set out to eliminate ransomware as a threat…Period.
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Ransomware Auditing as a Service (RaaS): as ransomware attacks have skyrocketed, they have come to represent the biggest threat to the data of government agencies, military, intelligence agencies as well as private enterprises. BLAKFX developed the first in the world Ransomware Auditing as a Service (RaaS) platform which allows our cyber security engineers to scan your network and simulate real-world ransomware attacks to test the prevention, detection and mitigation strategies of your organization and establish how resilient your network is to real ransomware attacks. After the scan we provide a comprehensive report and our recommendations for remediation.
If you are the victim of an actual ransomware attack, we are able to recover the data that has been hi-jacked during the attack and due to Helix22’s patented DNA BindingTM cryptography, restore it to its original state.
We can make this restoration claim as the tech engineers at BLAKFX invented and holds multi-patents on a genuine device2device (D2D) encryption. We manage data security transmission through the truly brilliant and also patented universal Helix22 key service. The Helix22 encryption originates on your network or device, not just when the app is opened. This means, that when data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all it needs to do is issue another key. Signal and Telegram cannot claim this level of security. This key will then only work with the intended device, which generates a matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique device-to-device encryption (D2D) world, there is no opportunity at all for any data leak.
This same protocol just described, can be the same with all your 3rd party vendors and suppliers. It does not matter in the least what platform they are running or what device they are using or even the type of data, it is all 100% protected. We do however, strongly advise that all firms involved be utilizing Helix22 due to the nature of the data content. Helix22 can ensure that whatever data they are generating is protected as well.
Let’s take it a step further. Even if your organization were a victim of an internal attack or a victim of malicious open source downloads, there is no reason for concern. Any data that has been forwarded, downloaded, copied or saved cannot be exfiltrated. Period. We have the technology industries foremost data packets which are protected with multi-layered, military grade encryption algorithms that have already proven the ability to withstand penetration testing from MI5 and quantum computing attacks.
One final practical genius of DNA BindingTM is in that it is immediately compatible with whichever system or software you are utilizing. Therefore, any organization can forward information to another and then discuss it and there is immediate privacy.
Finally, the Helix22 encryption is quantum computing ready so no need to redo all your data security methodologies in a couple of years when everything else becomes obsolete.
In the BLAKFX data security world, ransomware or any other data centric attack cannot have any affect on your systems or data.
The Helix22 data security SDK accomplishes the following:
- Protects all your firms data at rest, in use and in transit
- Renders ransomware threats obsolete
- Eliminates human error
- Eliminates all malicious or interior attacks
- Verifies original content i.e. minimizes the threat of impersonation attacks and deep fakes
- Reduces latency
- Installs with 5 lines of code
- Runs on any platform, network, device and in any programming language i.e. Internet of Things enablement
- Provides perfect future/forward secrecy
- Delivers “zero-knowledge” encryption
- Perfect security when utilizing all SaaS products
- Compatible with all cloud, 3rd party and vendor services
- Secures the Internet of Things by providing protection at the Edge with ultra low latency
- Ensures privacy and security for blockchain and all cryptocurrency transactions
- Is quantum ready – so there’s no need to upgrade when the time comes
- Requires no employee training
- Exceeds all gov’t and banking standards
- Meets compliance regulations
BLAKFX is Based on Success
Our founders, Robert Statica PhD and Kara Coppa, also founded Wickr, which is used by the US military and has never been hacked since its inception in 2012. The Helix22 data security SDK is several generations enhanced since then. Dr. Statica also delivered the encryption for the world’s most secure phone, Katim.
Founder – Robert Statica PhD Founder – Kara Coppa Founder – Alex Maslov MS, MBA
Co-Founders of Wickr KatimTM Ultra Secure Smartphone