Thursday, 26 May 2016
CERT-UK identify massive increase in new releases of ransomware in last 8 months
In the last 8 month this figure has jumped to 70 showing the rapid rise of pre-packaged off the shelf tools for hackers.
Ransomware delivers a virus into a system (often via a phishing email) which locks the system up totally and destroys data unless a ransom is paid within an agreed period.
The only realistic defence against this is regular offline backups of material to a secure location.
Law enforcement agencies such as the Met Police and City of London Police strongly advise against the payment of ransoms.