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Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key. Ransomware can be installed through deceptive links in an email message, instant message or website. 

Ransomware FBI PSA: directed / produced by CSUN's Nate Thomas.

How To Prevent Ransomware

  1. Backup your data. 
  2. Keep your system up-to-date by installing updates/patches as needed. 
  3. Disconnect from Wi-Fi or unplug from the network immediately if you run a file that you suspect may be ransomware. 

If you are a victim of ransomware. contact the Information Security office at (818) 677-6100 and your local FBI office or visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint.