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Ransomware on the Rise

Cyber criminals are coming for your data and money. The FBI reported an increase in cyber attacks, specifically ransomware. Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, small businesses, large businesses, academic institutions, and law enforcement are all among the top targets for these attacks. Organizations face the possibility of immense losses due to ransomware attacks, but you as an individual are also susceptible to devastating loss from a cyber breach. With the growing rise and developing complexity of ransomware attacks it is important to understand exactly what they are and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization.

Ransomware is a dangerous form of malware that locks you out of your desktop, laptop, or phone. This malware comes in two varieties: lockscreen ransomware and encryption ransomware. Lockscreen ransomware displays a full-screen message that blocks access to your device or files. The message typically claims you committed an illegal act with your device, such as viewing child pornography, and requires payment sent to what looks like an email belonging to the government. This scare tactic relies on pressuring the victims into paying immediately, but the programming itself is outdated. A professional can typically dismantle lockscreen ransomware with relative ease, which motivated cyber criminals to develop a more dangerous variety of attack.

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