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There are many malicious threats out there, including ransomware attacks, viruses, scareware, and backdoors as well as worms. You can find out more information about them on our website. We’re going to be focusing on ransomware today, as it’s growing rapidly and is scary!

What’s ransomware?

Ransomware refers to a variety of viruses that can hold your valuable information hostage. They either encrypt your data so it is impossible to read or completely lock you out of your computer.

Ransomware is named for its general nature. It threatens to harm your computer by keeping your personal information captive and then demands a ransom. Unfortunately, ransomware can infect computers with no protection.

The F.B.I. has reported an increase in ransomware attacks.

IBM Security’s 2021 Data Breach Report shows that the average cost of a data breach in the United States in 2021 will be $9.05million, up from $8.64million in 2020.

Ransomware Attacks in 2021

The 2021 ransomware attacks were some of the most severe. The JBS ransomware attacks caused massive disruptions in food supply chains. Also, the attack on Colonial Pipeline disrupted oil and gas supply chains. There were many other ransomware attacks that resulted in some of the most expensive payments in history. Ransomware is a serious threat in the near future, according to the National Security Agency.

One of the most significant ransomware attacks to date was on colonial pipelines.

One of the most significant ransomware attacks to date was on colonial pipelines.

Biggest Ransomware Families

Ryuk, GandCrab, and Dharma are the three largest ransomware families. There are still new ransomware groups that target computer users with innovative techniques.

Dharma is a program that makes changes to computers by infecting them and adding extensions. It has been operating since 2016 and continues infecting computers. This causes files to become unreadable and renders them inaccessible.

The GandCrab ransomware infects computer systems by dropping the GandCrab file. It also encrypts files, making them not accessible to the computer’s owner.

The Ryuk ransomware has been known to target newspaper printing services within the United States. This ransomware is more likely to be the work of cybercrime organizations than a targeted attack by a nation-state.

Ransomware viruses lock down your computer and make it inaccessible.

New Ransomware

The Anatova ransomware family is a disturbing new ransomware group. This ransomware often uses the icon for a game or an application. It makes it more appealing to people who are more likely than others to click on it believing it’s a fun game.

Anatova ransomware adapts quickly, spreads easily between computers, and is difficult to remove using anti-ransomware methods and tools.

Anatova files and data cannot be restored without payment to the group behind Anatova. It is, therefore, more crucial that computer users create regular backups of their computer files.

What Should I Do To Prevent Ransomware Attacks?

Install an antivirus on your computer and make sure it is up-to-date. While it won’t be a magic bullet, it will help prevent many infections from ever getting onto your computer. We can install one if you don’t have one. Contact us today to get started.