To Hack Getting Hacked
Ransomware attacks occur so frequently that experts call them the fastest-growing cyber-security crime. Reports of the incidents, which involve a hacker employing malware to hold a victim’s data for ransom, were up 64% in 2021 over the same period a year earlier — to the point where they take place every 11 seconds. Criminals can now buy pre-packaged tools that allow them to attack, so even amateurs can carry out significant infections. Hacker groups attack organizations most often, especially critical services such as manufacturing and health care, and companies from Coca-Cola to the American Dental Association have fallen victim. But individuals can also be on the receiving end, often through email phishing attempts. Before you find yourself among the victims, take stock of what you need to do in a ransomware attack.