FBI Urges Ransomware Victims to Speak Up–But Will They??

The FBI wants ransomware victims to report the attacks immediately.  But does that mean they will?

The FBI recently released a public service announcement urging ransomware victims to notify authorities if they are ever infected with ransomware.  The goal is for authorities to gain a better understanding of the growing ransomware threat.  In theory, it makes sense.  The more data you collect, the better your understanding will be of the issues.  However, we wanted to get a better idea of how many people would really do it.

Our Vice President of Cyber Security, Dodi Glenn, recently asked IT Pro’s within the Spiceworks community if they would report a ransomware infection to the FBI.

Almost 40% of responders stated they would not report the incident.  A vast majority of people felt as though it would simply be a waste of time.  What are your thoughts?  Would you be comfortable contacting the FBI if you were infected with ransomware?

Would you report a ransomware infection to the FBI?

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After the potential changes to Rule 41 allowing the FBI’s to install malware on thousands of PCs with a single warrant, does your stance change?  Let me hear your thoughts!

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3 thoughts on “FBI Urges Ransomware Victims to Speak Up–But Will They??

  1. My son’s laptop was infected with ransomware two years ago, which had the FBI seal and completely froze the laptop. I reported it immediately to the FBI. I even sent a follow-up request and have heard nothing from them, other than they are looking into it. Still waiting…

  2. Four months ago my computer was attacked. I reported the attack to the FBI but since then, I have been bombarded by phone calls wanting me to let some “phony” tech access my computer to make repairs. Go after those guys.

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