Ongoing Ransomware threats

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and US-CERT have issued an alert warning organizations to be vigilant of an increase in ransomware attacks across the world.

Ransomware is a type of malware used to encrypt data and lock users out of computer systems (or data) until a ransom is paid. Attackers typically try to spread ransomware via phishing emails or by downloading the malware to users after they visit infected websites.

Although not new, NCCIC’s guidance includes: 

  • create system back-ups
  • be wary of opening emails and attachments from unknown or unverified senders
  • ensure that systems are updated with the latest patches.

 You can also visit US-CERT’s Ransomware guidance page or technical document “Ransomware – What It Is and What To Do About It.” 

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