Ransomware attacks take place on a daily basis and don’t discriminate when it comes to the domain. The medical system, for instance, has fallen victim to a recent ransomware epidemic, with numerous hospitals being required to pay in order to regain access to their precious databases, such as patient records.
Private users, even though not as profitable, are also targeted by the thousands on a daily basis. In the first half of the year, over 4,000 ransomware daily attacks took place worldwide, 3 times more than in 2015.
First things first, though. Let’s begin by defining ransomware. As the name already suggests, it is a type of malware designed to block access to a computer until a sum of money is paid. Companies, as well as private users, can fall victim to such cybercrimes, but the first ones are usually the most targeted since they are more profitable.
However, please note that paying the ransom does not guarantee that users will regain access to their data. It is best not to pay anyone. If your computer gets infected with ransomware, turn it off and disconnect it from the network. Then alert law enforcement and take your computer to a specialist who can remove the virus and give you access to your precious data once more.