Ransomware attacks like the infamous ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack in spring 2017 have been increasing over the last few years, and continue to grow at record speed in 2017. This makes it more important than ever to be prepared to deal with cyberattacks.
Ransomware viruses infect the hard drive of a computer and then encrypt the files stored on that computer, or they lock the device (a well-known example is the malware ‘Locky’).
Typically, when someone tries to use an infected machine, they are greeted by a pop-up screen demanding payment in return for decrypting the files or unlocking the computer.
The ‘WannaCry’ attack took out more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, showing that everyone is at risk and that all weakness can and will be exploited by hackers. Even computers using macOS are increasingly being targeted by ransomware attacks.