What is ransomware?
Ransomware is malware. The hackers demand payment, often via bitcoin or prepaid credit card, from victims in order to regain access to an infected device and the data sorted.
Why does ransomware matter?
Because of the ease of deploying ransomware, cybercriminals increasingly rely on such malware attacks to generate profits.
What are the primary targets of ransomware attacks?
While home users were traditionally targets of ransomware attacks, healthcare, schools and universities and the public sector are now targeted with increasing frequency. Enterprises are more likely to have deep pockets from which to extract a ransom.
What are the most well-known ransomware attacks?
Ransomware has been an active and ongoing malware threat since September 2013. WannaCry, Petya and the Colonial Pipeline attack are some of the most high-profile ransomware attacks to date.
How do I protect myself from a ransomware attack?
A variety of tools developed in collaboration with law enforcement and security firms are available to decrypt your computer.