Ransomware is a form of malware that attempts to hold your data hostage. If it succeeds, you’ll be contacted by a cyber criminal who will demand an immediate payment for the release of your data.
Ransomware attacks have increased by 91 percent in just one year.
Most are aimed at small to mid-sized businesses.
Ransomware is also spreading to smartphones. Recently, a number of iPhones in Australia were held hostage via Ransomware. The owners had to send money to the cyber thieves to have their phones unlocked.
How It Works.
Ransomware is a Trojan virus and can spread via a “phishing” attack, or a “drive-by download,” where a browser’s vulnerability is exploited if you or your employees visit a malicious website.
Cyber thieves attempt to extort money from your business to unlock your Internet-connected computer. They ask for a credit card payment or some form of money transfer, typically around $200. Even if you pay, there’s no guarantee they won’t do this again.
What You Should Do If You Get An Extortion Message.
Compunet InfoTech Can Protect Your Business From Ransomware and Other Viruses.
Educate Your Employees.
Contact Compunet InfoTech at (604) 986-8170 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll ensure your computers, mobile devices, and network are protected, and that your data is secure from Ransomware or other cyber threats.
Compunet provides business IT services and IT support across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond and across the Lower Mainland.
Author: Joe Martin, Date: 2014-06-23