Ransomware is one of the most insidious types of malware that one can come across. These infections will encrypt all files on the target computer as well as any hard drives connected to the machine – pictures, videos, text files – you name it. This means that all of your files are locked. The attackers will then demand an extortion fee to have them decrypted, usually in the form of untraceable Bitcoin ransom. Like any ransom, you can never be sure they’ll stay true to their word or instead continue to demand more money.
The Evolution of Ransomware
Ransomware infections started appearing in 2013 and have been steadily on the rise since then. Today it is one of the most pervasive online threats that Internet users and businesses face. Traditionally, ransomware has only affected personal computers and the malware is often distributed through hacked websites.
Over the last few months there has been a new development with ransomware attacks: They’ve started to infect websites themselves.