Ransomware ransomware, How will our private information be recovered, after it being stolen from people who we don't even know How do we get it back?

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is an infection on your electronic device that will lock you out and steal your important files, but is only done so when you click its link. There are many people who are getting taken advantage of. Like from the article ZDNet by Danny Palmer claiming how it makes the user feel like they have no other option.“forcing targets to pay to regain access to their computer as well as compromising their credentials.” Going on the prove how people are being taken advantage of when it comes to cyber viruses. This goes on to show how if people are not aware of what kind of ransomware they have because they will all end up trying to blackmail you into doing something. It is hard to distinguish what kind of virus that u have. Palmer, also trying to reinforce this by stating “400 variants of ransomware in the fourth quarter of last year alone.” Trying to make it all clear that there is a lot to deal with and actions need to be made. So by downloading something that you don't know what it is for sure, don't do it. And don't open any links that you are not certain about, because you never know if it could be a ransomware attack, but what is ransomware?

What does ransomware do?

Ransomware steals people's information and may lock you out of your device. Even if you do decide to cooperate with the hackers there is no guarantee that your information and files will come back. This article by the name of Beware of the rise of ransomware by Kim Boatman on Norton’s website. She says “You’re duped into clicking on an infected popup advertisement or you visit an infected website. However, instead of just trying to trick you into buying fake antivirus software, the bad guys hold your computer hostage and attempt to extort payment.” Only supporting how unfortunate it is to be in this situation from what hackers do with abilities of ransomware. This may be hard to see but these hackers, have your information and are just trying to make money off of your poor choice. While these people who you may or may not pay, are the people who decide what will happen to your device and all of your information on it. Another website, Trend Micro having similar views goes on to claiming “ransomware is considered "scareware" as it forces users to pay a fee (or ransom) by scaring or intimidating them. In this sense, it is similar to FAKEAV malware, but instead of capturing the infected system or encrypting files” It just is not worth the risk of losing money over something so small that you are able to prevent. Be careful ransomware is very unforgiving. While ransomware is a infection on one's device and locks the user out and gets their information stolen. Why would people take my private information?

Why do hackers want to infect people with this?

Hackers will try and infect your device to obtain information and blackmail you into giving them money. They are able to obtain a load of money, because people are not educated on a firewalls and how to avoid them. From the website USA Today writer Steve Weisman, explains why they do this “people are not familiar with this particular type of extortion” This goes to show that these hackers are aware that people know nothing about this, so they can make an easy profit. So by this we are now able to see that hackers want to infect people with this virus so they can get money. Following up, CNBC news “there have been few high-profile arrests to date because it's so hard to identify and locate the culprits.” More evidence helping to prove that hackers want to infect people with ransomware. They want Infect users devices so they can make an easy profit and because it is very hard to get caught. Also very hard to get rid of, ransomware is a tough thing to deal with.

How do you get rid of a ransomware infection?

You are able to avoid ransomware by either getting a firewall or antivirus system, or by not clicking on the links. Getting rid of ransomware is difficult, and takes effort. From Microsoft, they claim “It can be very difficult to restore your PC after a ransomware attack”. This coming from Microsoft themselves is really a big deal because they too agree on the stand points they you need to have anti virus stuff to avoid it. It is all the more reason on how it is very hard to get rid of ransomware. A malware researcher and blogger Ben Herzog as a result “If your firewall can detect the ransomware’s communication with its C&C server and prevent the malware from sending a symmetric key or receiving a public key, the malware will likely be stuck waiting for the connection to go through.” You would then be able to have countered this ransomware/ cyber attack. Allowing you do not have to worry anymore, maybe the hackers will end up getting caught?

Are the police able to catch the hackers that infect peoples devices?

The FBI wants you to ask for help with it and acknowledge the issue. only if you contact them. Most people are too scared to contact the authorities because they are scared that they did something wrong and will be charged because of this encryption. A report done through NBC news saying how it is easier to just give in. “While the FBI now explicitly advises against paying ransoms, individual agents have been known to nudge victims in that direction.” Not only are they just giving up, they are telling you that there is little to no hope for you, so they are telling you that they really can’t do anything. Another Explanation provided by the naked security how the FBI only gives ways to prevent and avoid. “Keep your anti-virus active and up to date. That means you’re more likely to block malware attacks proactively .Patch your operating system and applications promptly. Many attacks rely on exploiting security bugs that are already have available fixes, so don’t make yourself low-hanging fruit. Be suspicious of unsolicited emails, no matter how relevant they may seem. Avoid opening attachments and clicking on links in emails too, especially if you’re not expecting them. Make regular backups, and keep at least one offline. That protects you from data loss of any kind, whether caused by ransomware, flood, fire, loss, theft and so on.” This is only giving us the illusion that, even the FBI does know how to handle the situation. So based on these pieces of evidence we can conclude no the FBI can't help us with dealing with ransomware, only with advice.

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Glossary

Ransomware: You unintentionally will download this and then will hold you hostage, threatening you.

Firewall: A network security system that monitors and controls the incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules.

Encryption: Process of converting information or data into a code, especially to prevent unauthorized access.

Blackmail: When someone demands money from someone else or they will do harm, physical or non to that other someone.

Infection: Unwanted thing inside of your device that makes changes to your device.

Anti Virus: Sometimes known as anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software.

Citations

“Did the FBI really say “pay up” for ransomware? Here's what to do….” Naked Security, 28 Oct. 2015, nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/10/28/did-the-fbi-really-say-pay-up-for-ransomware-heres-what-to-do/. Accessed 6 May 2017.

Palmer, Danny. “How Bitcoin helped fuel an explosion in ransomware attacks.” ZDNet, ZDNet, 22 Aug. 2016, www.zdnet.com/article/how-bitcoin-helped-fuel-an-explosion-in-ransomware-attacks/?scrlybrkr=56ac8a3f. Accessed 6 May 2017.

“Paul Ducklin.” Naked Security, nakedsecurity.sophos.com/author/pducklin/. Accessed 6 May 2017.

Weisman, Steve. “Think cyberthreats are bad now? They'Ll get worse in 2017 with 'Spear phishing,' etc.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 19 Dec. 2016, www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/2016/12/17/think-cyberthreats-bad-now-theyll-get-worse-2017-spear-phishing-etc/95262574/. Accessed 6 May 2017.

“Ransomware.” Microsoft Malware Protection Center, www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx. Accessed 6 May 2017.

Francescani, Chris. “Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 26 Apr. 2016, www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ransomware-hackers-blackmail-u-s-police-departments-n561746?scrlybrkr=7c0923fa. Accessed 6 May 2017.

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