Can you imagine someone hacking all your files and data, holding them for ransom? For too many people, it’s become a reality –making 2016 known as the year of Ransomware.

Ransomware has more than doubled in 2015 and has no end in sight. With that alarming fact, here’s 10 more facts about ransomware you need to know.

Ransomware: a type of malware that encrypts all your computer files, blocking access until a ransom is paid.

10 Shocking Facts about Ransomware You Need to Know

 

#1 New Ransomware strains include Public Shaming

Some ransomware claims to blackmail you using your own selfies or data and threaten to publish it online.

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#2 The FBI and Law Enforcement cannot help you

The FBI will usually recommend that you pay the cyber criminals to gain back access to your computer.

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#3 The average ransomware payment is around $300.00

Individuals are the most common victim of ransomware. And the forms of payment preferred are Bitcoin or green dot MoneyPak. Both untraceable.

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#4 The ransomware Cryptowall 3.0 has profited over $325 million

Cryptowall emerged in January 2015 and experts estimate the group cause $325 million in damages across the world, primarily from the US.

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#5 Adobe Flash is to blame for recent Ransomware spread

8 of the top 10 vulnerabilities were discovered to be Flash-related

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#6 Malvertising Fuels Ransomware

Phishing is a huge cause of ransomware, and now malvertising is becoming popular too. Many news sites had their advertisements hijacked with ransomware.

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#7 Cyber Criminals can Buy Ransomware-as-a-service (SaaS) model

Cyber criminals are shopping the black market for ransomware-as-a-service, giving the developers a share of their earnings

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#8 Ransomware is also hitting Linux and OSX

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#9 Anti-Virus software isn’t enough

With new variants of malware evolving everyday, traditional signature-based anti-virus products can’t keep up.

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#10 Ransomware can disguise themselves as porn apps

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It’s more important than ever to add extra layers of security to help protect yourself and your business from becoming a victim of ransomware.

Now that you know these 10 facts about ransomware, take the next steps if you haven’t already:

 

 

 

 

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