Ransomware in the Wild
Ransomware is an increasingly common type of malware that infects vulnerable computers, potentially infiltrating any computer operating systems and encrypting the user’s files. A financial demand is declared to regain access to data. Some of iterations of malware are incredibly malicious, bypassing antivirus and potentially locking users out of the computer system.
The impact of ransomware varies depending on the victim; it appears that bad actors and hackers are increasingly using malware to target businesses, organizations and local authorities. However, despite the increase in higher-profile targets, it is important to remember that individual users can still be victims of ransomware. Because of this, it is very difficult to accurately report on how many individuals are affected and how many victims pay the ransom.
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