How A Drive-by Download Attack Locked Down Entire City for 4 Days
“In the final analysis, we believe the ransomware attack originated from a ‘drive-by’ where a single city employee visited and opened a .pdf file that had been compromised on a grant coordination site run by a non-profit. This is not an uncommon risk—a small company or organisation website that doesn’t have IT funding to keep up with the security risks in today’s lightspeed world.
Most entries in the User’s Log file were harmless, though the way this virus worked, it could have been downloaded at any time but still needed to be executed by the user. It could have been sitting on the hard drive for weeks (looking like a .pdf) before being executed, though we would need to interview the user to see if she remembers anything like this. This ransomware appeared to disable our anti-virus systems, and is known to remove all traces once finished.”