What is Ransomware?
Ransomware has recently been in the spotlight as a result of the ‘WannaCry’ attack which shut down large companies around the world. Ransomware is the term used when a computer virus locks a users files rendering them useless without the required encryption key to unlock the files affected.
How it works.
Prior to the WannaCry threat, ransomware was largely dependent on human interaction. Some well known methods the spread ransomware included the use of E-Mails such as the ‘Federal Police speed camera fine’, ‘Origin & AGL outstanding account’, or the ‘Australia Post un received package’ emails.
Once ransomware attacks a computer a window will appear prompting you to make payment to unlock your files. This is normally via bitcoin currency. Once the ransom is paid the target is told their files will be unlocked. In some cases, this is what happens. In other cases, the ransom demand increases or the encryption unlock key simply doesn’t get provided. We encourage our client to NOT pay any ransoms.
If your computer has been locked by ransomware, give us a call immediately for a consultation. We may be able to get your files back, but most importantly, we need to stop the spread of the ransomware.
Western Tech Solutions can assist you onsite if required within 50km of Melton. Give us a call on 1800 234 124. Our areas include Melton, Caroline Springs, Taylors Lakes, Bacchus Marsh & surrounding.