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Working from home is not going anywhere. In fact, research shows that post-pandemic 42% of employees who worked strictly from a company-based location will not return to the office. Do you know how this will impact your business? Learn more about the tools needed to protect your client data and improve employee productivity.
Check out the latest happenings in the world of IT from our Locknet® experts. In this issue, we highlight some topics your organization should be aware of to minimize risks. Specifically, mitigating insider threats to your security and the risks of hanging on to legacy data.
Banking trojans are considered one of the most dangerous types of malware. When they have successfully infected a targeted computer, cybercriminals are able to steal money from victims’ online banking accounts and e-wallets. Active since 2007, Qakbot, also known as Qbot, QuackBot, and Pinkslipbot, is a common banking trojan that has expanded its capabilities to include performing reconnaissance and stealing data. Qakbot is continuously maintained and developed and has evolved from a banking trojan information stealer, to form botnets, and into a delivery agent for ransomware. Typical delivery is via email as malicious attachments, hyperlinks, or embedded images. It’s a customizable chameleon for threat actors, making this trojan one of the most powerful and dangerous among existing examples of this malware type.
The risk to small and medium-sized businesses is high, and it’s rising. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) listed Qakbot as one of the top five most-used malware strains of 2021. In the first seven months of 2021, it grew by 65% in comparison to the same period in 2020. In the last quarter of 2022, Huntress reported seeing a 400% increase in Qakbot cases in comparison to the rest of 2022.
The team of experts at Locknet Managed IT can help protect your organization from Qakbot activity with the following tools and services.