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What is Ransomware and it Targets to Whom?
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:46:13 PM »
Lockouts happen. Many of you cannot remember your passwords, forget your keys, or sometimes, someone else locks you out. Lockouts have been happening a lot across a number of phones and computers in the present digital age and powerful malware (malicious software) variant, called ransomware are responsible for these lockouts. Ransomware get their way into your phone or computer to encrypt (lock) your data so that their designers can demand a ransom in lieu of giving your data back to you.


Modern day ransomware has gone beyond locking your data and devices. Today, ransomware may lock your hospitals and hotel doors, force friends to turn on each other for infection. It seems that this threat will continue to practice an increase in the volume and types of victims & devices and it doesn’t seem that it will slow down anytime soon. Ransomware writers are focusing on evolving their strategies to reach new targets every day. Let’s
And it’s not planning on slowing down anytime soon, as this threat continues to experience a steady increase in volume of victims, types of victims, and kinds of devices compromised as it evolves its strategy to reach new targets each day. Before delving into the threat’s evolution, let’s put some efforts to find out what exactly makes ransomware tick.

What is ransomware

Ransomware belongs to the category of malware which infects a device to encrypt the data stored on it and lock it so that it can trade with the owner to pay a ransom (typically demanded in Bitcoin) to provide them decryption key to free their data and device. A ransom attack may prevent you from opening your files, or running certain applications, or using your mobile device and computer. Or, it may lock down your documents, personal data like photos, videos and holding their hostage until you pay up the ransom. Ransomware do so in all shapes and sizes. Multiple distinguished ransomware strains have been documented and all of them are slightly unique in how they lock victim’s data and devices, what and when they demand.

How ransomware has evolved

There are more than one ways the threat has evolved. For starters, ransomware used to specifically come in the form of an email attachment, as users unknowingly visit infected websites (drive-by downloads) and clicked on phony email attachments. In this way, users used to download ransomware. But with the passing time, the cyberthreat has compromised mobile apps, digital advertisements, and websites. Ransomware has tailored itself to vulnerabilities within specific devices.

Ransomware has grown to be rampant and cybercriminals everywhere are trying to get their hands on this threat as it has proven time and time again to be effective and it may even be sold across the Dark Web in the form of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) portals.

It targets whom

Ransomwares are going after who these days?

Hospitals are the most saddening and biggest target for ransomware attacks. It has been witnessed over and over again that health organizations and hospitals have been featured as the threat’s latest victim. To get their systems back up, health organizations and hospitals have been forked over mounds of Bitcoins. The critical nature of hospital’s infrastructure is the reason why they are ransomware’s most wanted. Cybercriminals know that if hospital data is inaccessible, it may be a matter of life or death so they’re banking on it.

The increasing dependency on the mobile devices is making them the target of ransom attack. Every mobile user is storing more and more personal data than ever on their mobile and this fact makes them perfect for the hackers and attackers to extort in exchange of your data and device for their personal profit. Attackers and hackers try to trick users into downloading the programs laced with ransom after making their mobile apps compromised. Once the user is tricked into download ransomware, the infection encrypts user’s data and device and demands the victim to pay ransom to get back the access.
Government offices (the DMV, police stations, etc.) hold a plethora of very personal and critical data in their hands that is why they’re another hot spot for a ransomware attack. Cybercriminals are well aware of this fact that rather than wait out to conduct a proper counter-attack, these organizations has to be operational almost all instants of a day so it is more likely that they will pay the ransom in hopes of getting locked out or encrypted data back.
You may find ransomware a little scary, but there is no need of fearing about them. Some tips are given below which will make this infection less intimidating. For starters, it is suggested that backup your files so that even if a ransomware attack encounters, you can restore the data from the backup after wiping your disk drive clean.

Use a browser protection service because a lot of ransomware attacks encounter via a compromised website. A browser protection service will let you know if links are malicious.

Use decryption tools if you do find yourself infected. Don’t pay Ransom to free your data.

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What is Ransomware and it Targets to Whom?
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