RANSOMWARE ACCOUNTED for 25 per cent of all UK cyber attacks over the past seven days, according to security company ESET which used its LiveGrid telemetry tech to sniff out attack vector data across the world.
Loads of hackers are attempting to extort cash out of people who may have clicked the wrong link, opened a nasty email, or simply have an Android phone.
ESET IT security boffin Ondrej Kubovic said that the a spike in ransomware attacks happened between 19 and 26 April, and has something to do with malicious code called JS/Danger.ScriptAttachmet.
The code has a nasty habit of triggering crypto-ransomware, like Telsacrypt, which encrypts data and demands an untraceable payment in return for access.
“To reach as many potential victims as possible, attackers are spamming inboxes in various parts of the world. Therefore, users should be very cautious about which messages they open,” said Kubovic.
Opportunistic hackers use such moves to squeeze money out of people terrified of losing data that has monetary or personal value.
Kubovic advised people to protect themselves by using decent and reliable security software and keeping operating systems up to date.
“If an email comes from an unknown sender, or its contents are not expected, it should be deleted. Companies should also train employees to report similar incidents to their internal security departments,” he said.
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People are further advised to back up data so that it is not held on just one machine that presents a juicy target for hacking highwaymen.
Ransomware is becoming a bit a problem. Hackers are getting so smart at it that some savvy bastard managed to create the first Mac OS X ransomware. It was discovered earlier this year and demanded a payment in bitcoin in return for freeing up the machine. µ
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