Ransomware does not discriminate.
Over 13.1 million U.S. citizens — 4% of the U.S. population — have been targeted by ransomware. Half are willing to pay a ransom of up to $500 to get their information back. These are your teachers, your employees, your doctors and your public administrators. No one is safe.
Hackers have been so successful that ransomware virus attacks grew 35% in 2015. The majority of these attacks are increasingly committed by encryption inducing ransomware. Cryptowall, a single strain of ransomware, has accounted for $325 million in damages alone since its discovery in January 2015.
In the United States, the ransomware virus infection rate in May 2016 was the second worst, only bested by April 2016, which had an infection rate increase of 159%, compared to the previous month. Continue reading “Ransomware: Are You Prepared?”