What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is one of the most crippling forms of cyber-attack today. It typically begins with attackers sending their victims an email that includes a link or a file that appears innocuous but contains dangerous malware.
Once a victim clicks on the link or opens the attachment, the computer becomes infected. The program encrypts the computer, essentially locking the user out of files, folders and drives on that computer. In some cases, the entire network the computer is connected to can become infected. The victim then receives a message demanding payment in exchange for attackers unlocking the system. The payment is usually requested in Bitcoin, a form of digital currency.
It’s important to note that the virus may lie in wait for days or even months before unleashing its destructive payload, making it even more difficult to trace back to the source.
We believe that, in addition to effective backups, the best protection is user education. Below is one of many helpful resources that users can read to help safeguard your company.