WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?
Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system by locking the system screen or locking the users’ files until a sum of money is paid for the release of the users’ files.
HOW DO I GET INFECTED BY RANSOMWARE?
Ransomware is usually delivered via a link or an email attachment which could be an executable file (.exe), an image or even a word document. Once the attachment is opened or a user visits the website by clicking the link, the malware is released into the user’s system, preventing or limiting user from accessing their files.
An example of Ransomware lock screen
HOW DO I PREVENT MYSELF FROM BEING INFECTED WITH RANSOMWARE?
- Back up your files regularly
Have a recovery system that will allow you to restore data before the point of attack. E.g. backup to additional external hard disk.
- Use a reputable Anti-Virus software
Enable any additional function in the software to enhance search specifically for Ransomware that has not been formally detected.
Update your computer software regularly
Always update to the latest version of your computer’s operating system and software.
WHAT IS THE “NO MORE RANSOM!” INITIATIVE ABOUT?
SPF has formally joined the “No More Ransom!” initiative by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). This initiative banded law enforcement agencies and IT security companies around the globe to help victims of Ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay ransom to the criminals.
The “No More Ransom!” website offers a tool that is designed to help define the type of Ransomware that is affecting the user. Upon submission, the team would offer any available potential decryption solution.
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Last Updated on 17 February 2017