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'Alarming' rise in ransomware

This type of attack is now all too common, do you know how to protect yourself? 
May 11th 2017
This type of attack is now all too common, do you know how to protect yourself?
"Cyber-thieves are adopting ransomware in "alarming" numbers, say security researchers.

There are now more than 120 separate families of ransomware, said experts studying the malicious software.

Other researchers have seen a 3,500% increase in the criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns.

The rise is driven by the money thieves make with ransomware and the increase in kits that help them snare victims.

Ransomware is malicious software that scrambles the data on a victim's PC and then asks for payment before restoring the data to its original state. The costs of unlocking data vary, with individuals typically paying a few hundred pounds and businesses a few thousand." - BBC News, June 7th 2017.

What are you doing to keep yourself safe when online? With ransomware increasing in frequency, we would recommend you follow these simple steps to keep yourself safe;

- Do not reply to, or click on links contained in, unsolicited or spam emails from companies or individuals you do not recognise. 
- Visit only websites you know to be reputable.
- Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
- Regularly back up all your data, including to a USB-connected device stored remotely from your computer. This is because some ransomware can also infect your cloud-based storage.

What do I do if I think I've been a victim of ransomware?

- Check out the Crypto Sheriff tool via the hyperlink below to try and identify if there is a free decryptor.
- Report the crime to your local police force and Action Fraud
- If you can't remove the ransomware, restore from backups.

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