Ransomware (a malicious software from cryptovirology) – Ransomware threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless victims pay a ransom. A technique called cryptoviral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In such situations, recovering the files without the decrypt key is difficult. Tracing and prosecuting perpetrators are difficult because digital currencies are used for paying ransoms.
Malicious computer programs usually carry out the attacks which mislead users of its true intent. The legitimate files are disguised to trick users into downloading or opening the email attachment. Once downloaded or opened, they can take over your computer and manipulate users to allow administrative access.
This particularly nasty genre of attack software, ransomware is on a rise.
- CryptoLocker (file-encryption which spread via attachments to spam message)
- TeslaCrypt (targeted ancillary files associated with video games)
- SimpleLocker (Android was the platform of choice to attack)
- WannaCry ( a ransomware worm, infecting Windows computers, it encrypts files on the PC’s hard drive, making them impossible for the user to access)
- Petya (an updated version of WannaCry)
As in the case with so many breaches, stay vigilant. Backup your files frequently and automatically. That won’t stop a malware attack but it can reduce the damage caused.
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The SMB Ransomware Epidemic – Get the Facts!
In the last year, 5 percent of global small businesses worldwide fell victim to ransomware, resulting in billions of dollars in downtime.
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