What is ransomware?
This is a type of malicious software developed by computer hackers to block your data by encrypting until a ransom is paid.
How does ransomware get into your system?
Ransomware is mainly distributed via email attachments. The hackers make the emails and attachments look legitimate to make sure the users easily fall on their trap.
How does ransomware attack your system?
When you click on the email attachment or the link, the malicious software is getting downloaded to your computer. Once it is downloaded it is automatically traveling through your network causing damage to the other computers, servers, and data on the network.
What is next?
You will not be able to access any of your files until the ransom is paid or your system is recovered from a backup.
How much is the ransom?
The ransom is around $6,000. According to Australian news, the victims have paid almost $32 million ransom for these hackers over the last 2 years.
What can you do to protect your data and systems?
Make sure the following measures are in place:
- Constant and redundant data backup procedures
- At least 2-3 different types of data backups in different locations (NAS, USB Hard drive, and Cloud).
- Advance and reputed antivirus installed in your computers and systems.
- Software, operating systems and antivirus software is regularly updated.
If you are not sure how and what to do, consult a reputed, trustworthy IT consultant.