Ransomware

ACCORDING TO THE FBI MORE THAN 4,000 RANSOMWARE ATTACKS HAVE OCCURRED DAILY SINCE 2016

 

 

WHAT is Ransomware?   

There are two primary types which target the critical data system of your PC for the purpose of extortion:

  • Lock screen: Showing a full-screen message preventing user from accessing the PC and its files.
  • Encryption: Changes files so they can’t be opened.

HOW do I Protect Against Ransomware?

  • Implement awareness and training to educate about the threat and delivery methods.
  • Schedule frequent back-ups of your entire system to a secure storage system.
  • Verify the integrity of back-ups used and test the restoration process.
  • Enable automatic security updates from operating systems, applications and devices.
  • Set web browser security level to detect unauthorized downloads
  • Enable web browser pop-ups blocker.
HOW does it Work?

Randsomware directs the user to click a link and pay a ransom to regain access to their PC.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT Should I do if Someone is Infected with Ransomware?

  • Isolate and power off all infected computers and remove from any networks immediately.
  • Secure back-up data or systems by taking them offline.
  • Contact local law enforcement to report the event and request assistance.

 

 

 

 

HOW did Ransomware get on the PC?

It can be downloaded inadvertently visiting a malicious or hacked website.  Email attachments, removable drives and bundled software are often the culprit as well.

envelope with virus

SHOULD I Pay the Ransomware?

The link to payment options may contain further malware and there is no guarantee that payment will restore access to your PC.  The user must evaluate their options of the cost of restarting systems from backup versus payment of the ransom and how best they can protect their customers, employees and business.

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