Ransomware makes up quarter of UK malware attacks, warns ESET
Researchers at security specialist ESET have warned of a sudden spike in ransomware attacks across Britain, and computer users have been warned to pay attention to spam received in their email inboxes.
Ransomware typically relies on a recipient opening a link in an email, before locking a computer and demanding a payment before going away. When systems are not backed up, users often feel obliged to pay up.
A recent Tripwire survey for revealed that most security professionals remain pessimistic of their recovery chances from a ransomware attack. ESET has advised companies to train their employers to report similar incidents to their internal security departments.
Malware dubbed JS/Danger.ScriptAttachment accounted for roughly every fourth threat (detection rates reaching 26.16%) over the week April 19-26 in the UK.
Whilst Britain remains one of the top targets for such attacks, the US has recently witnessed a spate of ransomware attacks on healthcare organisations, which prompted the FBI to appeal to businesses and IT experts for emergency help.
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