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How Ransomware Works

How Ransomware Works

What is Ransomware?

  • Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victims files. The attacker then demands a ransom from the victims to restore access to the data upon payment.

How Ransomware works?

  • One of the most common delivery systems is phishing spam - attachments.
  • Once they're downloaded and opened, they can take over the victim's computer.
  • They have built-in social engineering tools that trick users into allowing administrative access.
  • In some forms of malware, the attacker might claim to be a law enforcement agency shutting down the victim's computer due to the presence of pornography of pirated software on it, and demanding the payment of a "fine".

How yo prevent Ransomware?

  • Keep your operating system patched and up-to-date.
  • Don't install software or give it administrative privileges randomly.
  • Install antivirus software, which detects malicious programs like ransomware.
  • Back up your files, frequently and automatically!

Fact about Ransomware

  • Ransomware is a big business. In 2017, ransomware resulted in $5 billion in losses, which's 15 times from 2015.
  • In the first quarter of 2018, just one kind of ransomware software, SamSam, collected $1 million in ransom money.

Guess what? we taught making a ransomware botnet on Wild Guns :)

Have you ever being the prey of RANSOMWARE? What did you do?

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