Ransomware is the infectious new trend in hacking and cyber attacks, having effected around 72% of businesses in the UK in 2015. The premise of ransomware is all in the name; after exploiting a weakness in a host machine, the malware will block access to files until a fee is paid, essentially holding your personal information and data for ransom. The notion of this is already scary when considering the loss of your personal files, however is even more ominous if you are a business owner with gigabyte upon gigabyte of sensitive data, crucial for day to day operations. Ransomware can spread in a few ways, most commonly and simply through phishing and spam campaigns via email, as well as fake ‘software update’ downloads usually through pop-ups.
However, more recently ransomware has evolved to the point of being almost undetectable until too late, infecting systems without the user being any the wiser!