Ransomware is a phenomenon that has grown dangerously in 2017, which has caused billions of damage to companies and people around the world, and reminded why it is important to invest in IT security.
It is called ransomware a malicious software that can penetrate via the internet into your home or business computer (or other connected device), thanks to a system vulnerability. When a certain condition occurs, ransomware make the computer data unreadable by means of strong encryption algorithms and promises to unlock it after paying a ransom.
Usually cybercriminals require anonymous contact through the dark web and ask for payment in bitcoin.
In May and June we learned from the media about the massive attacks on WannaCry and Petya ransomware and their variants.
In August, a new ransomware emerged that attacks WordPress sites. It encrypts data and tries to extort money from the site owner.
This is an example of how an attacked site looks like while I’m writing this post (I’ve put its address in the picture):