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Repeat Ransomware Attack

What is a Repeat Ransomware Attack?

A repeat ransomware attack involves the victim of a previous ransomware attack being victimized again, sometimes by the same bad actor who carried out the first attack. According to a recent study, 80% of organizations that previously paid ransom demands said they were exposed to at least a second attack.

How to Recognize This Threat: In a repeat ransomware attack, the same technique could be used, or bad actors could shift their strategy. Watch for the same warning signs that preceded the initial attack. But the bottom line is, if attackers are successful once, they or others will recognize a vulnerable and/or lucrative target and make additional attempts.

How to Prevent This Threat: First off, address any previously exploited vulnerabilities to ensure they cannot be exploited again. Otherwise, implement a strong, layered security approach. That starts with a firewall, and also includes strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, effective cybersecurity training for employees, email protection, and of course in the case of ransomware, regular backups to avoid the need to pay and minimize downtime.