Ransomware Attacks Increased by 167% in 2016

Ransomware Attacks Blew Up 2016

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts your data, refusing to unlock it until the payment demands are met.  Unfortunately, decrypting your files can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible.  Leaving few ways to fix your PC after infection.  Some victims end up paying the ransom demands to get access to their files again.  Others restore their systems with the backup files they have.  It should be noted, paying the ransom is quite possibly the worst thing you can do, and here is why:

  • There are not guarantees the hackers will decrypt your files after receiving your payment.
  • By paying the demands, you’re only reinforcing the criminal behavior.
  • You place a target on your back for future ransomware attacks.  If you pay once, you’ll likely pay again.

Ransomware has been progressively increasing since it originated in 1989.  The largest spike in ransomware attacks took place in 2016.  According to ZD Net, in 2015 there were 3.8 million attacks.  In 2016 this number rose 167%, to 638 million ransomware attacks.  What is even more shocking is, these are only the reported attacks.  Unfortunately, many home and business users do not report when they have been hit with ransomware due to a few different factors.  These may include the fear of negative publicity, or not knowing how or where to report the ransomware attacks to.

If you find yourself infected with ransomware, it is important you report it to the local authorities, as well as the FBI.  Like any other criminals, cyber criminals cannot be caught if the crime goes unreported.

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  1. That is because people do not pay attention to when browsing the web, as far as I know, you can’t get a Ransomware simply by checking websites. You’ll have to install some sort of software that obviously will not look legitimate, or you can get it by clicking on some weird email that has a word attachment with macros on it, and the macros will install the Malware. Did I got that right? I think the best solution to this would be to install an Anti-Malware like MalwareFox and of course, we’ll have to be careful not to click on suspicious links, mails, and anything in between. Let’s put a stop to this madness already, I haven’t fallen a victim of the Ransomware virus, but seeing so many people losing their money to hackers/criminals is pissing me off.

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