If you think Ransomware is a nuisance now, brace yourself – it’s about to get a whole lot worse as malware becomes ever more sophisticated and insidious. Ransomware, of course, is a type of malware that holds a large collection of data hostage on a victim’s computer; including important documents, photos and videos. It allows criminals to effectively kidnap data and then sell it back to the victim; whether that is an individual, a business or an organisation storing large quantities of sensitive data – a hospital, for instance. The latter has been a popular target with recent incidents in the US and Australia highlighting healthcare institutions’ vulnerability.
While none of us like to think we would succumb to ransom demands, sometimes our stored information is just too valuable to lose. Cyber criminals count on exactly this soft spot – and are raking in the money. So how to prevent falling victim to ransomware? Make sure your anti-virus is up to date and that you have a contingency plan in place in case the unimaginable actually happens. And, as always, keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
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