Ransomware attacks are increasing worldwide, becoming a serious threat to anyone online. Both businesses and individuals are at risk. While the U.S. has experienced far more attacks than other countries, the Swiss government became so alarmed that it pronounced May 19 to be “Ransomware Info Day.” Many ransomware attacks go unreported since some businesses pay the ransom and hope their customers never find out.
The Payment Dilemma
A ransomware attack is a cyber hijacking. It’s easy to know when it happens. The computer stops working and a message appears on the screen demanding a ransom in order to release the computer back to your control. The demanded payment can range from a few hundred to a few million dollars. The hacker may demand payment by credit card (if you decide to pay, use a prepaid card for this one-time use) or bitcoins (currently one bitcoin is worth about $700).
Security experts generally advise against paying the ransom. There has been more than one instance in which the customer (a hospital in one well-known case) paid the ransom, received some of their data back and then were confronted with a second ransom demand. (They thought the crooks were honest – they weren’t.) At this point they called in outside experts in Ransomware removal and IT managed services and support to remove the virus. All of their own attempts to regain control of their computer system had been unsuccessful.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware or virus. It has become such a popular attack vehicle with both organized groups of hackers and individuals working alone that less skilled hackers can buy ransomware software. The attack may be on certain files or lock up the computer or system. The malware can enter the system as a program, a plugin, an attachment or in some other method.
There are two types of ransomware attacks. Certain files are encrypted with a password or the computer screen is locked. The encryption software actually changes your files, promising decryption after the ransom is paid. The lock screen ransomware is more basic, asserting that you will be able to access your system after payment is received.
There are variations on the ransom screen. The victim may see a blue screen blatantly making a demand. Alternatively, the message may look like a legitimate blue screen of death showing a supposed registry error and a message to call a Microsoft technician to prevent data loss (never call that phone number).
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