Jigsaw Ransomware

In one of our last posts about ransomware, the name ‘ Jigsaw ’ was listed as ransomware you may have heard of in recent years. This ransomware was unleashed in 2016. It got its name from the puppet in the iconic horror film series, Saw.

How Jigsaw Works

Like most ransomware, Jigsaw encrypts the affected user’s files. The catch with Jigsaw is that it will actually delete your files if you take too long to pay the ransom. With a power like this, some wondered whether it was about the money or just a sick game to the creators. To gain back access to your files, you’d have to pay $20-$200 USD… or else.

“Or Else” Explained

The puppet would appear on your computer screen and delete files every hour until the ransom was paid. The more time that passed, the number of files that it deleted would increase. Trying to terminate the process by shutting down your computer and rebooting would only make things worse. Each time you log into Windows, the ransomware would restart and each time it started, Jigsaw would delete one thousand files from your computer. Once it deleted your files, there was no way to recover them even after the ransom was paid. Imagine this happening across your network and/or servers. What would loss of data cost you?

As this malware continues to expand and become bigger, scarier, and more damaging, here are some things you can do to keep your files safe:

-Backup your data regularly

-Update your software regularly

-Stay up to date on ways ransomware spreads


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