Payroll Management Services Severed After Ransomware Corrupts Systems
On February 19,
The initial hope was for services to be restored within a matter of hours. However, this timeline kept getting pushed back hour after hour, as more damage was found. The payroll firm remains confident personal data was not breached as a result of the ransomware attack. Although, the investigation is still in the early stages, making it difficult to state with absolute certainty this is indeed accurate.
As of today, APEX has paid the hackers an unknown amount in an attempt to restore their systems and get their clients payroll networks at full capacity. Unfortunately, even after paying the ransom demands, the restoration process has been far from flawless. Some of the files remain inaccessible, while other file directors are completely broken. At this time, there has not been a timeline released for when these issues are expected to be resolved.
To thwart attacks, such as these, businesses are encouraged to utilize the following recommendations:
- Deploy a security solution that includes application whitelisting as its primary method of malware detection
- Backup files timely and keep these separate from the primary network
- Keep all third-party applications and operating systems updated
- Mandate employee cyber security training
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