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How to tell if you've been hit by fake ransomware

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 29, 2016.

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    Unlike most malware, ransomware is not stealthy. It's loud and obnoxious, and if you've been infected, the attackers will tell you so in no uncertain terms. After all, they want to be paid.

    “Your personal files are encrypted,” the message on the computer blares. “Your documents photos, databases, and other important files have been encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer.” While the language may vary, the gist is the same: If you don’t pay the ransom -- typically within 48 to 72 hours -- your files are hosed.

    [ Oh no! Got real ransomware? Then one of these tools might help. | 4 reasons not to pay up in a ransomware attack. | Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and Web data. ]

    Or are they? There is a slim possibility the perpetrators may be trying to fake you out and the files haven’t been encrypted. While not a common scenario, it does happen, according to industry experts. Rather than paying up, you can bypass the scary fake message and move on with your day.

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