This is the third in our series of blogs on Ransomware, the scourge that has globalised the old-fashioned extortion rackets of the past. If you've read our first two blogs then, hopefully, you understand that ransomware is a real threat and probably the most likely cyber-attack that your business will experience. You must take this threat seriously and protect your business before your data is compromised. In this blog, we hope to arm you with the knowledge to protect yourself from this threat in our simple 10 -step guide - Relax - It's only Ransomware.
In our last blog, we discussed ransomware in all its forms, how it works and how its adapting and becoming more sophisticated. Today we'll look, more specifically, at what the threat of ransomware means to Irish businesses and why you should understand that this is a real and present threat to your business, no matter how small or large.
Ransomware is nothing new and has, in fact, been around since 1989 in the form of the AIDS Trojan that was spread via floppy discs. The program waited until the computer booted 90 times and then hid the directories and encrypted file names. The ransom was $189 sent to PC Cyborg Corporation at a PO box in Panama.