Tulane security analysts are noting an increase in ransomware phishing attempts. Ransomware is malware that hackers use to extort money from victims by encrypting their files.
How Ransomware works
Certain ransomware no longer requires user interaction or clicks. However, most ransomware happens when a victim is tricked the into clicking a malicious link which places malware on the user’s device. This malware enables the encryption process to proceed against the user’s data. Once encryption is complete, victims are provided a window of time in which they must pay the attacker to receive the key needed to decrypt their files and return access.
How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware
If you believe your computer has been infected with ransomware:
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