With the growing popularity of ransomware cyber attacks, we thought we'd spend the next few weeks covering the topic so you can better understand what ransomware attacks are, who's behind them, how to protect against them, and what to do if you become a victim of such an attack. This is post 5 of 6.
Ransomware has emerged as one of the top cyber security threats of 2016. If your business is hit with a ransomware infection, the consequences could prove to be devastating.
Did you know that ransomware has made international headlines for bringing critical infrastructure to a grinding halt? In early 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hit with a ransomware infection that demanded a payment of $17,000 in order to regain access to the hospital's files.
Another notable high profile ransomware attack targeted the police force in Tewksbury, MA. The Tewksbury Town Crier reports that the local police department was forced to pay the ransom in order to regain access to their systems.
While every CIO fears a ransomware attack on their network, one major question still looms: Who is responsible for the sudden influx of ransomware infections in the past 18 months, and why are these malicious actors intent on causing chaos?