Including CryptoWall and CryptoLocker The number of ransomware incidents has exploded in the last few years, infecting hundreds of thousands of systems worldwide. Ransomware is malware that’s designed to hold your data hostage unless you pay up. Wait too long —or try to rescue it — and that data can be gone for good.
Late last week, the United Stated Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) issued a joint alert on the Ransomware threat, mentioning the Locky and Samas variants. The alert discusses the history of Ransomware from early Scareware that threatened users into downloading fake antivirus software or paying a fine for alleged “illegal activity”, to the more destructive encrypting Ransomware variants that prevents a user’s access to their files until they pay a ransom for the decryption key.
The big questionis how do I make sure this does not happen to me ?
Have a look at the following 6 steps to prevent it from happening to you or to help you recover from the desaster