Businesses struggle to fight against ransomware cyberattacks

Companies are struggling to combat ransomware attacks, with employees causing problems after falling prey to social engineering tactics.

Published Thu, Apr 9 2015 3:50 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:08 PM CST

Ransomware infections tend to be a frightening scenario for businesses often caught off-guard when an employee mistakenly compromises a workplace machine.

Businesses struggle to fight against ransomware cyberattacks | TweakTown.com

Cybersecurity experts are increasingly worried about ransomware, one of the fastest rising hacker-related crimes, which demands a ransom payment in exchange for files held hostage. The traditional method of infection is a malicious file attached to an email, but criminals are finding ways to point victims to hijacked websites.

Unless home users or companies have data backed up, and are careful of emails opened and websites visited, ransomware can prove especially catastrophic. Even though US government and private sector cybersecurity experts warn against paying ransoms, many companies choose to pay the ransom and move on.

"We certainly are seeing ransomware as a common threat out there," said FBI Special Agent Thomas Grasso, in a statement published by the AP.

NEWS SOURCE:finance.yahoo.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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