Ransomware

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“People have been making malware that does this for a few years now. There’s a word for it: ‘ransomware”

-Neal Stephenson

Background Ransomware

The biggest threats we faced in 2013 is Ransomware. Ransomware has appeared in the wild, with researcher describing it more dangerous than its predecessor. It is not a new technique but it has become serious threat because risk being lost of data.. Then, this also puts you in a sticky situation, so best to know how to avoid it. This type of malware is usually spread through exploit kits that can be purchased online. Yet, this class of malware is criminal moneymaking scheme that installed through deceptive links.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a scary as it sounds. This type of malware is design to disable a PC, or mobile device by encrypting data such that prevents the user from accessing the data and device. This hacker use this threat to locks your computer screen or encrypt important, predetermined files with password and demand that a ransom is paid in order for the restriction to be removed. Then, this malware do not allow random notice to appear, telling the victim what is the best solution is. This Ransomware main purpose is to make money for the cybercriminals. Then, once the device or machine is being encrypted, the victim needs to pay a certain amount to get their data back.

How Ransomware attack?

Ransomware is created by scammers who are highly knowledgeable in computer programming. Ransomware can be entering your PC through an email attachment or through your browser if you happen to visit a website that is infected with this type of malware. It can also access your PC via your network and stole data. Then, it will alters the relevant registry keys and files to make sure its code is running smoothly when the computer run. Besides, this type of malware also was making some noises by display ransom notice and links that allow the victim to access websites accepting payment in Bitcoins.

How to trace Ransomware?

It’s obvious when your device has been infected with ransomware, since you most likely won’t be able to access your computer. Make to use your antivirus software’s ransomware removal tool, which should scan for and wipe out any ransomware attempts found on your computer and take an action to prevent this malware to be spread in the computer.

 References

https://www.avast.com/c-ransomware

How to protect against ransomware in three easy steps

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