It seems everywhere you turn – you hear the word “ransomware” and files being encrypted. ‘Ransomware’ might have been a foreign word in times gone by – but today it is a better known word – thanks, be to the bombardment of such attacks in our lives. ‘Ransomware’is a type of malware that locks the files on your computer and threatens to unlock the files on your system only after you pay the said ransom. In recent times, there have been more ransomware attacks and this is making everybody sit up and take notice.
These are the names of popular ransomware that has been striking our world:
There have been a string of ransomware attacks in the US and other parts of the world. Some of the latest attacks are listed below:
While consumers have been hit less by the ransomware attacks, there has been an increase in ransomware attacks against businesses and government organizations in 2019. Dental offices in the US, schools and educational institutions have all suddenly been hit by a slew of ransomware attacks this year. This is partly due to the fact that hackers are certain that they can demand a higher ransom and are guaranteed to get it too!
How will the future be? Will there be more attacks? Given the extent and frequency of ransomware attacks all over the world, it is a sure bet that they will get more ugly and bad and influence us even more in the coming years. Verticals such as healthcare, educational institutions, government organizations might all be affected.
It is feared that the ransomware attacks could also strike voter databases in the US and might disrupt the 2020 Presidential elections. In view of this the US government is planning to launch a program to protect voter registration databases (US officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election)
Simple way to stay safe:
Will your organization be next? The simplest way to stay immune to ransomware attacks is not to click on suspicious links and take a back up of all data regularly. If you are subjected to ransomware attack, it is always good to contact law enforcement right away.
2017-2019 Ransomware statistics and facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from comparitech: https://www.comparitech.com/antivirus/ransomware-statistics/
US officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election. (n.d.). Retrieved from cnbc.com: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/26/us-officials-fear-ransomware-attack-against-2020-election.html
Wolcott Public Schools go offline once again following a possible second ransomware attack. (n.d.). Retrieved from courant.com: https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-wolcott-schools-hacked-computer-systems-20190911-abpqgqwhdzc45p4k36d22k6wce-story.html