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We have written numerous posts on our blog about ransomware and, unfortunately, must continue to do so, due to the devastating effects that ransomware continues to have on many businesses, and we are seeing it more and more. It really is a cyber epidemic. Let's recap a few main thoughts about ransomware.
There are two types of ransomware:
A recent article from zdnet.com described a massive Locky ransomware campaign that is targeting hospitals. Hospitals are good targets, because their data files are so critical. Many businesses, however, are also being attacked, and ransomware is the "hot" hacking trend of 2016. There was an especially high spike in ransomware sent to hospitals in the first two weeks of August this year.
The new ransomware files have a macro-enabled file that uses Microsoft Word. Very often, an email with the infected file is sent, with the senders stating that they were asked to forward on the "financial file." The first precaution that everyone should take is NEVER open a file from an unkown sender or without definite knowledge of its content.
Here are a few other tips for avoiding ransomware (see also capgemini.com) along with a link to our previous articles on steps to prevent a cyber attack.
Here are two of our recent article on tips for prevention and how to handle cyber crime.