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
- Backup your data.
- Keep your system up-to-date by installing updates/patches as needed.
- 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.