Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to forever block access to a victim’s data or publish it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called crypto-viral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented ransomware extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as Bitcoin are used for the ransoms, making finding and prosecuting the perpetrators challenging.
The most commonly implemented ransomware solutions include security software and employee training. This training may include phishing testing of high-risk employees, as well as online training for all employees.
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In the following 3 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Ransomware".