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Ransomware explained – how digital extortion turns data into a silent hostage

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jun 20, 2016.

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    RSS New Member Member

    Ransomware seems to be everywhere right now. If you're a home user or SME employee on the receiving end of an attack it must feel like a pretty lonely moment when the extortion message appears on the screen of an infected PC demanding a payment of somewhere between $300 and $1,000 in Bitcoins.

    The ransomware will have taken control of the computer and encrypted all or most of its files after an employee clicked on an email attachment, usually a PDF or what looks like one. This computer was most likely patched and running up-to-date antivirus but this made no difference. The ransomware still got through.

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