Overseas ransomware gangs continue to prey on Jamaican entities | #ransomware | #cybercrime

Ransomware gangs from abroad persistently target establishments in Jamaica through cyberattacks.

The Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JaCIRT), Lieutenant Colonel Godphey Sterling, reveals that some gangs successfully execute monthly attacks, while others occur less frequently.

“These criminal organizations operate with few restrictions and resemble physical gangs in terms of structure and hierarchy,” explains Colonel Sterling during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ event at the agency’s Kingston headquarters.

Sterling emphasises that over 10 ransomware gangs have been identified to date. As a result, he stresses the importance of establishments, particularly educational institutions, taking necessary precautions to protect their computer systems.

The education sector Sterling says remains highly susceptible to cyberattacks due to the vast amount of data processed by these entities.

Victims of these and other social engineering attacks should report incidents to JaCIRT, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) headquarters, or the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

This renewed call for vigilance aligns with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed every October. This year’s theme is ‘Responding Today, Securing our Future’.

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