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Ransomware

We’ve all heard of it, but do you really understand what it is?

Ransomware is exactly what it sounds like, something valuable being essentially stolen and held hostage until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware is a type of software that blocks users from accessing their own files and/or systems. The software continues to hold hostage the users’ files and devices until the user pays the required ransom in order to receive a decryption key to gain back their access. Even after a user has paid the ransom, they aren’t guaranteed that their access will be returned.

As a result of ransomware continually advancing, it can spread, evade, encrypt, deceive, and manipulate like a thief. This has been one of the biggest threats to companies and individuals for over a decade, although it was first detected in the late 1980’s. Becoming more intelligent, more detrimental, and harder to identify, who knows what the future holds for ransomware.

Some attacks in recent years include:

  • CryptoLocker 2013 with clones CryptoWall and TorrentLocker to follow
  • TeslaCrypt (AlphaCrypt) 2015
  • Petya 2016
  • Locky 2016
  • Jigsaw 2016
  • KeRanger 2016
  • WannaCry 2017

 

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