What is Ransomware? Should you be concerned?

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What is Ransomware? Should you be concerned?

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Ransomware is a class of malware infection that is rapidly becoming the most common way cybercriminals attempt to “con” money from infected users. Recent forms of ransomware “encrypt” or lock access to an infected device’s files. Commonly the files locked include Word documents, spreadsheets, pictures, databases and others. It can also encrypt files on your servers.

Once infected, it is virtually impossible to access these files without a “key” from the hackers. Typically, a screen displays on the infected device listing a website link in order to pay a “ransom” and re-gain access to your files. This ransom can range from $200 to $10,000, and even if you pay the ransom there is no guarantee they key will work!

Concerned? You should be. One hacker group generated $325 million in revenue in one year alone from ransomware! These infections generally gain access to your devices via an infected website or email attachment.

WB Computer Services technicians have extensive experience in helping companies protect their data from this and other threats. Call Wayne Bonner at (254) 523-4161 or email today to discuss how we can assist. WBCS can service all of your technology needs.