We are surrounded by technology every day, and with it comes a little knowledge of how it all works. Still, asking an IT question can make people a bit nervous. Someone who might not know as much about technology fears they will be mocked or made fun of for asking a ‘dumb’ question. Have not fear! IT Support Guys will answer some of the more common IT questions that come up.
You may have come across the term ransomware recently in the news, or perhaps you noticed people using the term ransomware more frequently. So what exactly is ransomware?
Ransomware is software used by hackers to block access and encrypt files on a computer system until a ransom is paid. Individuals, hospitals, schools, government agencies, police departments, and other relatively easy targets were among the first to experience the power of ransomware, but now hackers have their eyes set on much higher stakes. Cybercriminals are now using more sophisticated versions of ransomware to infect the computer systems of major institutions. For instance, in February 2016 Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, announced they paid 40 bitcoins ($17,000) for the release of the hospital’s computer system. Once a system has been corrupted, there is little that can be done, and even when the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee the files will be decrypted. Unfortunately, the devastation of ransomware is expected to grow as this malicious malware sweeps through cyberspace preying on the vulnerable.
It’s optimistic to believe that your business is entirely secure, but it’s much more vulnerable to dangerous entities than you might know. It takes one event, be it data loss, breach, or crash, to bring your company’s operations to a standstill. These events are out of your control. While data loss incidents are unpredictable, preventative management can go a long way to making sure your business is better prepared.
As you may have already heard, a malicious worm known as WannaCry Ransomware swept through more than 150 countries, infecting over 200,000 vulnerable computer systems. We understand this is a major concern and have taken every precaution to ensure you are safe.