Ransom – We have all seen it in the movies or read about it in the media. A wealthy person has something of value, be it a family member, a favorite dog, or piece of art that someone steals and then demands payment for its safe return. Too often the ransom is paid, and the ‘item of value’ is never returned. Probably the most infamous case of ransom occurred when the infant son of famed pioneer aviator Charles Lindberg was kidnapped and held for ransom. Sadly that didn’t turn out well for the family.
Ransomware is one of the newest cyberthreats.
Today we are concerned with the growing problem of Ransomware…hackers kidnapping our data and then holding it for ransom. Essentially what happens is that YOU allow access to your digital system, via download, a Trojan that starts encrypting all your data once the payload is activated. Once all your data is encrypted, you are presented with a screen message that says in some form or another “Attention: Your files have been encrypted, and we have the key. Send money for the key via bitcoins, or, in X amount of days the key to the encryption will be destroyed and your data will be permanently lost”. Seeing such a message will send anyone into a panic and they will try and seek help from some professional computer geeks who will only shake their heads and advise you to pay up and hope for the best.
To read the full article, please visit the National Cybersecurity Institute’s Cyber Experts blog.
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