Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Issues a Ransomware Warning

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on ransomware threats to U.S. businesses and organizations. Ransomware is a type of malware designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Cyber criminals often infect organizations with ransomware through email phishing campaigns or exploiting vulnerabilities in software or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert and CISA’s resource page on ransomware for more information on protecting against and responding to ransomware.

CDSBureau has found that paying money may not resolve the problem. Cyber criminals often ask to deposit BitCoins in a specified valet. These valets can never return money. CDSBureau warns that even after paying the money the infected system or network may not be fully restored. Best option to avoid Ransomware is to educate employees and to maintain backups.

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