How Is Ransomware Getting Past Modern EDRs

Haseeb Awan
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July 2, 2024


Imagine having all your important pictures, videos, and documents locked away on your computer. Ransomware is like a digital kidnapper, taking your files hostage and demanding a ransom to get them back. Even though we have protectors called EDRs (Endpoint Detection and Response), sneaky ransomware can sometimes find ways to slip past them. Let's explore how this happens and how to stay safe!

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What is EDR?

EDR stands for Endpoint Detection and Response. Think of it like a guard dog for your computer. The EDR watches for suspicious activity, like someone trying to break into your digital house. If it sees something strange, it can sound the alarm and stop the threat.

How Can Ransomware Bypass EDR?

Even though EDRs are great, ransomware keeps getting trickier. Here are some ways ransomware can sometimes avoid detection:

Living Off the Land:

Ransomware might use regular programs already on your computer for dirty work. Imagine a robber using your tools to break into your house! The EDR might not recognize this as a threat because the programs are legitimate.

Borrowed Clothes:

Ransomware might disguise itself as a trusted program, like a fake update or a system tool. The EDR might be fooled because the ransomware looks like something familiar.

Speaking in Whispers:

Ransomware might use very little code to avoid detection. Think of a tiny thief sneaking through a keyhole – the EDR might miss it if it's quiet and small.

Evolving Tactics:

Ransomware creators constantly devise new tricks. It's like a game of hide-and-seek; sometimes, the ransomware can stay hidden for a while.

Also Read: The Eight Phases of Ransomware Attacks

Things That Make Ransomware More Likely to Succeed

Out-of-Date Software:

Imagine having a rusty old lock on your door – it's easier to break in. Outdated software has holes that ransomware can exploit. Keeping your software up-to-date is like having a robust and modern lock.

Unpatched Systems:

Patches are like security updates for your software, fixing any holes that ransomware could exploit. Not installing patches is like leaving your windows open—an invitation for trouble!

Clicking on Bad Links:

Ransomware can be hidden in attachments or suspicious links. These links might be in emails, text messages, or even fake websites. Think before you click – if something looks too good to be true, it probably is!

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Staying Safe from Ransomware

Update, Update, Update!

Ensure your computer's operating system and programs are always up-to-date with the latest security patches. It is like having a solid defence system for your computer.

Think Before You Click:

Don't open attachments or click on links from unknown senders. Be careful even with emails or messages from seemingly familiar sources – they could be fake! If something seems suspicious, don't click – delete it!

Back-Up Your Files Regularly:

Imagine having a copy of all your essential things in a safe deposit box. Backing up your files regularly is like having a safe copy if something happens to your computer. This way, you won't lose your precious files even if ransomware strikes.

Use Strong Passwords:

Think of your passwords as the keys to your digital house. Use strong passwords that are hard to guess, and don't use the same password for everything. You can make and remember secure passwords with the help of a password manager.

Install Security Software:

Consider installing security software like an antivirus program. It is like having an extra guard dog for your computer, helping to spot and stop threats.


  • EDRs are like guard dogs, but they can't catch everything. Staying safe from ransomware requires a layered approach – a combination of good security habits and strong defences.
  • By being cautious, keeping your software updated, and backing up your files, you can make it much harder for ransomware to succeed.

Haseeb Awan
CEO, Efani Secure Mobile

I founded Efani after being Sim Swapped 4 times. I am an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the crypto and cybersecurity industry. I provide Secure Mobile Service for influential people to protect them against SIM Swaps, eavesdropping, location tracking, and other mobile security threats. I've been covered in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Hulu, Nasdaq, Netflix, Techcrunch, Coindesk, etc. Contact me at 855-55-EFANI or for a confidential assessment to see if we're the right fit!

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