Blocked & Blackmailed

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Ransomware is one of the biggest menaces on the internet, it’s a fast-ubiquitous security threat, knowing how cybercriminals are threatening security is the first step to securing your information.

So, how is this stunt preformed?

 

54% Of UK Companies are hit by Ransomware Attacks
 

Ransomware is computer malware that installs itself on a victim’s computer via a link, downloading a PDF or a vulnerability in a network service. Then the ransomware prevents you from using windows, encrypt files so you can’t use them or stops certain apps from running (like the internet).

 

You will then be asked to pay a ‘ransom’ like blackmail – ‘I won’t give you your files until you give me £324-£724’. But please keep in mind paying the ‘ransom’ may not give you access to your information, no guarantees, remember these cyber attackers are ruthless.

If you’ve paid the ‘ransom’ contact your bank they may be able to block the transaction and return your money. Whatever you choose to do, contact Action Fraud to report.

Preventing Ransomware Attacks.

Here are a few ways you can prevent ransomware attacks, loss of data and a loss of money.

  1. Backup up your files regularly and keep a recent backup off-site.
  2. Be very careful about opening unsolicited attachments.
    1. Don’t stay logged in as an administrator any longer than necessary.
  3. Train andretrain employees in your business.
    1. Your users canbe your weakest link if you don’t train them.

Preventing cyber-attacks can be a rather difficult, ongoing process that can be very time consuming and costly if you don’t get it right.

For additional help, support and advice contact Network London on 0844 884 5196 or complete our contact form.