Your computer is hacked, all data stolen. How much ransom do cybercriminals usually ask for?
The average ransom is approximately $300. Discussions of million-dollar ransomware campaigns seem far-fetched, but even small increments add up over time — and these extortion schemes have proven both their effectiveness and their staying power. Read more: http://bit.ly/2e8xKeG
In which currency do cybercriminals usually want their ransom?
Usually, ransom is requested in bitcoins. This cryptocurrency cannot be forged. The history of transactions is available to anyone, but the owner of the wallet can’t easily be tracked. That’s why cybercriminals prefer bitcoins. More about it: http://bit.ly/2ktZc9O
Ransomware is usually delivered in e-mails with malicious attachments. Which file extensions are the most dangerous?
Macs can be and have been infected with ransomware. E.g., KeRanger ransomware targeted Mac users. There are not as many ransomware programs for macOS as for Windows at the moment, but we are sure the number will increase in the coming years. Read more: http://bit.ly/1M88MC3
In 2016, one in five businesses worldwide were attacked by ransomware. Which businesses or industries faced the greatest risk last year?
Hospitals became a prime ransomware target in 2016 — with potentially devastating impact as operations were canceled, patients diverted to other hospitals, and more. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2hw0uzd
Will backup always save you from the consequences of ransomware attacks?
Here’s one case to consider: You set automatic backup on your spouse’s computer to run every three days. A cryptor infiltrates the system, encrypting all the data — but your spouse does not get the gravity of the situation at once. When you check in later, the backups are all encrypted, too. Read more about proper backup management: http://bit.ly/1lUXuug
If you have no money, cybercriminals may give you other options. Which demand is false?
We made up the note about mining bitcoins, but the other two are real. PopcornTime ransomware appeals to victims’ worst natures, encouraging them to spread the infection. CryptMix ransomware tells victims their “donations” will go to a children’s charity.
Ransomware often has strange and funny names. In 2016 a malware twofer was named like two pals. Guess those names!
Petya and Misha are both ransomware, and they are delivered to victims together, in one package. Petya and Misha are distributed by means of phishing letters pretending to be job applications. Read more here: http://bit.ly/25bPmdt