The screen shows an ominous message. Your system locks, and you have hours or a few days to pay the ransom to have it unlocked. Conveniently there’s a big countdown timer on the screen to help you keep track of how much time you have left. You ask around, and there’s no way to get your data back without the decryption key. Likely, an employee clicked a link or opened a file they shouldn’t have.
Ransomware is easy money for criminals. The software is easy and cheap to spread. Though victims have a powerful incentive to pay the ransom, if they do not, the criminals’ investment has been minimal and the sea is full of fish. Some of the most desirable “fish” are businesses that collect and store a lot of sensitive personal information. Medical practices, accounting, insurance and law firms are all major targets.
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Your data has value — If you’re not willing to pay, they may change your records or release them to the public.