Ransomware is a type of software designed to block user’s access to a computer until you pay up. The first ever malware extortion attack happened in 1989. This ransomware was called “AIDS Trojan” written by Dr. Joseph Ppop. Ppop created 20,000 diskettes and gave to participants of an AIDS Conference. What participants didn’t know was that the Ransomware remained hidden on their computer for 90 restarts. The virus activated promptly encrypting files and hiding directories. A message displayed, informing the user that their system would be returned to normal after they had sent $189 to a PO Box in Panama.
Ppop claimed that the profit from the trojan will be donated to AIDS research. This first ransomware attack was underdeveloped at best. Reports indicate that it had flaws, but it did set the stage for the evolution of ransomware attacks today…
WannaCry ransomware is a good example of this. The attack happened in May 2017. This became the most well-known Ransomware attack. This targeted computers running on the Microsoft Windows operating system by locking their data, and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
In addition, WannaCry was the first reported ransomware attack on internet connected devices. According to The Guardian, 55 traffic cameras were infected with the WannaCry ransomware. While this attack amounted to little damage, this provided a whole new frontier for ransomware operators. It showed how other internet connected devices (e.g. Security System, Air – conditioning, Refrigerator, etc) can be compromised so easily.
You get infected when you click suspicious links or download/ open a Trojan disguised as a legitimate program. This will then lock your files in the background. That commonly results in a successful ransomware attack.
Here are the basic things you can do to prevent the spreading of ransomware…
- Don’t entertain any suspicious email or files from an untrusted source.
- Hire an expert to help you to protect your computer data.
- Install a reliable software that can monitor and stop ransomware in real time.
We at Main Source 365 Tech have developed an All-In-One Anti-Virus software that has complete endpoint security and ransomware protection. This is one of the core features of MS365 Security. MS365 Security AV software will prevent any known cyber attack that might damage your computer. It has real-time monitoring feature that allows the software to detect any known cyber attack in real time. As the saying goes “Better safe than sorry”, that’s why we built that feature and added it on our All In One anti-virus software.
In case, you’ve been infected by ransomware you should immediately contact us so we can help you fix it. Some ransomware has a clock on it and when it runs out of time it might delete your files instantly. Follow the steps below carefully and call us!
- Disconnect it from the network or remove it from accessing the internet.
- Do not reboot your machine, because the information can still be retrieved from the memory. A reboot of the system will remove all information.
- Call us on our toll-free number +1(855)-404-6944
We strongly advise to not pay for the ransom because there is no guarantee that the cybercriminal will provide the decryption key after successful payment. This also encourages them to continue doing this criminal activity
To prevent ransomware attacks please consider reading our separate article about “Protect Your Business with Ransomware Protection Software.”
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