Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What you should know about Ransomware or “Cyber Kidnapper”

The media, particularly the Internet is currently awash with stories of cyber attacks resulting from massive spread of the dreaded ransomeware which is capable of disrupting computer programmes, files or out rightly locking your PC until you paid a ransom. Early Tuesday, multinational companies, banks and government agencies particularly in Europe reported cases of ransomware attacks. This is the latest attack after last month’s Wanacry sent shock-waves around the web. In view of the threat it poses to Internet users, TJB brings you some vital tips you need to know to protect your PC from Ransomware.
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Ransomware is a malicious code or cyber virus which spreads through Internet networks, holding PCs to ransom till a certain amount of money is paid as ransom. It’s like “kidnapping” if you like.
There are different types of ransomware. However they work virtually the same way-encrypt files or lockdown Windows. The latest ransomware attack has been identified by software security experts as Petya which is similar to Wanacry.
According to Microsoft.com, ransomware is capable of preventing you from accessing Windows, encrypting files so you can't use them, stopping certain apps from running and “will demand that you pay money (a “ransom”) to get access to your PC or files”.
After the payment of “ransom”, the attacker sends the key or code with which you can unlock you PC or access your files as the case may be.
And you know what? The “ransom” must be paid using crypto-currency or bitcoin which are not traceable. In other words, it is difficult to track the cyber-terrorists.
Basically, ransomeware can attack your computer through unsafe or fake websites, malicious emails and attachments, or malicious social media links.
To stay safe therefore, you must play safe on the Internet. You must not visit unsafe, suspicious or fake WebPages. Don’t open emails, attachments or click on links you are not sure are safe.


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