New Malware Takes Computer 'Hostage'




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Could your computer be taken hostage?


In August, we discussed hackers attacking a small medical practice by breaching their security system, stealing encrypted files, and then holding them for ransom. According to slate.com there’s a new type of cyber attack people need to be aware of – ransomware.
Ransomware is a type of automated malware that locks you out of your computer and then demands money to unlock it. In a particularly frightening scheme, the ransomware uses your webcam to capture an image of your face and then displays it on the computer along with the demands.
Remember the importance of protecting your network and your machines. Ensure you have anti-virus software installed and make sure it’s up-to-date, ensure network firewalls are in place and don’t open links if you don’t trust the source.
To learn more about ransomware read, Pay Up or the Hard Drive Gets It.

Need help ensuring your network is secure? Contact H&S Computers today.

 
Tim-Nass-HS-ComputersTim Nass
IT Systems Engineer
616.735.3054
timn@hscompanies.com