Macmillan Pwned In Ransomware Attack

Macmillan, one of the largest book publishers in the US, have been hit by a ransomware attack causing book retailers nationwide the inability to place new orders from the publisher. The company first reported the incident Monday, noting that to prevent further damages to its network, it had taken its systems offline.

Darren Williams, CEO and Founder of BlackFog offered this perspective:

  “Taking systems offline post attack is a reassuring and necessary response to a ransomware attack such as this one against Macmillan, but as ever, prevention is better than cure. 

Organisations need effective, modern protective security measures in place to prevent attacks. A common challenge with traditional defensive approaches to cybersecurity is that they require too much time to adequately protect organisations from these types of attacks, and often lead to a reliance on post-attack measures such as taking systems offline.

Instead of waiting for an attack to happen and then responding, organisations should be focusKevin​,ed on newer technologies that prevent the exfiltration of data from the device, effectively stopping the attacker in their tracks. By looking at the mechanism of action across various ransomware gangs it is possible to stop these attacks at many stages of the attack life cycle and prevent a full blown incident such as the one against Macmillan.”

Hopefully they are able to get things sorted soon. Though I think it is safe to say that their long weekend is ruined.

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