What You Need to Know About Ransomware

What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that blocks access to a system, device, or file until a ransom is paid. It is an illegal, moneymaking scheme that can be installed through deceptive links in an email message, instant message, or website. Ransomware works by encrypting files on the infected system (crypto ransomware), threatening to erase files (wiper ransomware), or blocking system access
(locker ransomware) for the victim.

The ransom amount and contact information for the cyber threat actor (CTA) is typically included in a ransom note that appears on the victim’s screen after their files are locked or encrypted. Sometimes the CTA only includes contact information in the note and will likely attempt to negotiate the ransom amount once they are contacted. The ransom demand is usually in the form of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, and can range from as little as several hundred dollars up to and exceeding one million dollars. It is not uncharacteristic to see multi-million-dollar ransom demands in the current threat landscape. 
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July Cohort Starts

Technology is expanding its reach over our daily lives and is becoming increasingly necessary in modern society. While change can be daunting, it brings new opportunities that did not exist when we were much younger, or even just a few years ago. This opens the door for new and exciting (not to mention realistic) careers we can chase, like cybersecurity. We launched our third quarterly cohort on July 2nd
You may be interested in becoming a technology professional or know a student or colleague that may have interest in this discipline. Let’s explore transitioning into the cybersecurity field, what skills are needed, and what career pathways are available. 
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Milima Cyber Academy Meet & Greet

It is that time of the month where we bring you news from Milima Cyber Academy and this in this issue we have loads of good news. First things first we value and appreciate you being part of our newsletter community. Now that pleasantries are out of the way, lets get to the good news!

Milima Cyber Academy marks five years of excellence and commitment to cyber security education this month. We are working on a variety of goodies coming your way through out the year starting with a 10% Discount on our upcoming cohort starting June 2nd... This discount is offered to all full payments made in the first two weeks from commencement date ...
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Passwords & Safety

Threats, risks, cybercrime and more. These are all lurking online and you can be the next victim if you aren’t aware of how to minimize threats and patch up vulnerabilities in your cyber space. Although daunting, this issue shouldn’t be entirely ignored, especially if you use the internet for business, socialization or to handle sensitive information.

“A password is like underwear, do not let people see it, change it often and most importantly, DO NOT SHARE!”
This talks to the dangers of sharing your password. You wouldn’t show off your intimates to just anyone – so why would you show off your password? Yes, you may not be deliberately sharing it but are you changing it often or at least every 30 days? Especially while surfing on social networks, resource sites, torrent sites etc, you need to be extra cautious.

If your current password is still your default password, then you’re giving those online thefts the key to your account. So make it a habit; change your password often, secure it like how you keep your underwear from being exposed...
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A Secure Digital Footprint

As we speak right now, 50% of the world’s total population is active on the internet with over a quarter of the population using Facebook. Also, as we speak there is 5million and more google searches taking place right now. See for yourself here https://www.internetlivestats.com/ What is hard to notice is how much information is being given away, later on traded with or without our consent. This brings us to the idea for this newsletter.

A digital footprint is a trail of data one creates as they use the internet. Whether it’s simply a google search, a text message, or shopping activity. It is a trail because most of it is recorded with our consent and sometimes sadly, without! How much of your information is out there, does it identify you, and most importantly, is it secure? Statistics show that as of January 2019 there are 2,579,000 Facebook users in Uganda. This accounts for 5% of the total population of the country (https://bit.ly/UGfbStats). With the fast evolution of technology and increased internet penetration post covid19, this number will be even bigger by end of 2021...
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Cybersecurity & Fake News

A video recently made rounds in the media, depicting a security operative of a political candidate in the presidential race to be throwing a teargas canister towards the same candidate on who’s team he is. Watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr6S-jthTC8.

A deep fake is an advanced stunt usually pulled off in these kinds of scenarios, but in this case it wasn’t. This video was well put to divert attention from the reality. It was actually believable until NBS brought it out clearly as seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MccLQ_k_nPk

Fake news is defined as false and misleading information presented as news. It is often designed to damage a reputation of an individual or entity. Fake news is a big issue in the social space, especially as seen in competitive environments. Before we get the adverse effects of fake news, let’s learn how this game is played.
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