Ransomware is a type of malware that holds your computer, and the files within for ransom. These attacks can be challenging to work through and they are becoming more and more sophisticated as time goes on. The sinister rise of ransomware attacks is no longer a far-off projection, the attacks are already here. Today we’re going to take a look at some of these highly-sophisticated attacks and what you can do to remediate them.
What can these ransomware attacks do?
Ransomware infects your computer through a variety of means and then encrypts your files. Once the files are encrypted, the ransomware prompts its victims to pay a fee, or a series of fees, to have the files returned safe and sound. A new development in this type of attack is a situation in which the prompt will not only ask for money, but threaten to delete files periodically. There is often a countdown for the victim, causing panic and impulsive decisions. Though the hacker will promise to decrypt the files upon payment, there is no guarantee that they will follow through. According to a report released by the FBI, these attacks are being targeting at servers and databases that belong to institutions rather than individual users. Vigilance is exceptionally important.
What can you do to keep ransomware attacks at bay?
One of the most important things that you should do once an attack has occurred is to contact the authorities. Law enforcement officials need to know not only that attacks are happening, but the nature of these attacks to help create strategies to combat them. Not only that, but you should always take are to back up all of your data. With a backup, you wouldn’t feel the pressure of the hacker’s demands, allowing you to work effectively rather than in a panic.
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