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THE FBI has some wise words of warning over a dangerous email scam.

All email users should be wary of a form of malware called ransomware that attacks big businesses as well as individuals.

Ransomware can prevent your access to important data and costs companies a lot of moneyCredit: Getty

Ransomware is commonly sent via email and unsuspecting victims can be easily tricked into downloading it.

Cybercriminals rely on human weaknesses as well as security flaws to get the scam to work.

The FBI says: “Ransomware is a form of malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses in organizations and individual networks in an effort to deny the availability of critical data and systems.

“Ransomware is frequently delivered through spear phishing e-mails to end users.”

Once the malware is downloaded, victims won’t be able to access their important data.

They’ve been virtually locked out by the cybercriminals.

That’s when the malicious actors will demand a ransom.

The FBI says: “The FBI does not support paying a ransom to the adversary.

“Paying a ransom does not guarantee an organization will regain access to their data; in fact, some individuals or organizations were
never provided with decryption keys after having paid a ransom.

“Paying a ransom emboldens the adversary to target other organizations for profit, and provides for a lucrative environment for other criminals to become involved.”

You should report a ransomware attack to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov).

It’s also important to use the latest security software and update it regularly.

Avoid clicking on any suspicious email links or downloading attachments.

If you download a suspicious file at work you should inform the relevant department at your company.


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