Ransomware – The Scary Malware That’s on the Rise

RansomwareRansomware is malware that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom.

And these days ransom ware doesn’t just affect desktop machines or laptops; it also targets mobile phones. Last week news broke of a piece of ransom-ware in the wild masquerading as a porn app. The so-called Porn Droid app targets Android users and allows attackers to lock the phone and change its PIN number while demanding a $500 ransom from victims to regain access.

Ransomware Alert from the FBI

Earlier this year, the FBI issued an alert warning that all types of ransomware are on the rise. Individuals, businesses, government agencies, academic institutions, and even law enforcement agents have all been victims. The malware can infect you via a malicious email or website, or attackers can deliver it straight to your computer if they’ve already infected it with a backdoor through which they can enter.

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