Ransomware – To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Ransomware such as WannaCry is used to extort money from people and organisations who are told that their important data is locked away until they pay a ransom. If you become a victim of ransomware, should you pay? Even if you do, will you get all of your data back?

Experts Say ‘Don’t Pay’

The WannaCry global attack has reportedly led to over 126,000 ransomware infections worldwide. PC users have been advised to update Windows to ensure that they are protected.

When vital and possibly irreplaceable data has been “lost” through forced encryption, £230 may seem like a small price to pay, but the expert advice for those affected by ransomware is ‘don’t pay’.

Continue reading “Ransomware – To Pay Or Not To Pay?”

Hunt for WannaCry Ransomware Attackers

WannaCry is gone but is it gone for good? As organisations around the world recover and begin to count the cost of the biggest ransomware attack in history, cyber security and law enforcement agencies around the world have turned their attention to tracking down the perpetrators. Police Hunt Hacker

Cruel Irony

The irony of the WannaCry ransomware attacks is that it exploits a vulnerability that was identified by the US National Security Agency. The vulnerability is a hacking tool called ‘Eternal Blue’ that gives access to Microsoft Windows, and was originally developed by the NSA to access the computers of suspected terrorists.

Tracking Gangs

It has been reported that security companies and agencies have analysed the malware and are tracking over 100 different ransom Trojan gangs, with no success as yet.

Continue reading “Hunt for WannaCry Ransomware Attackers”

Hotel Pays Ransom To Let Guests Back In To Rooms

Opening a hotel room door with electornic key cardA luxury Austrian hotel had to pay a €1,500 ransom to hackers to allow guests back in to their locked rooms after the hackers disabled the hotel’s hi-tech room locking system.

What Happened?

Guests at the Brandstaetter hotel at the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt resort in Austria found themselves locked out of their rooms and other areas of the hotel including the bar after the hotel was targeted by cyber criminals using a kind of malware known as ‘ransomware’.

Continue reading “Hotel Pays Ransom To Let Guests Back In To Rooms”

UK Schools Targeted With Ransomware

UK police have issued a warning to educational establishments to be vigilant, following an alert by ‘Action Fraud’ that fraudsters are targeting UK schools with ransomware in order to demand big payments.

Action Fraud AlertClassroom

The UK’s fraud and cybercrime centre ‘Action Fraud’ issued an alert recently that schools are being targeted by fraudsters using a form of malware known ‘ransomware’. Continue reading “UK Schools Targeted With Ransomware”