Ransomware has become one of the top cyber threats across the globe including the WannaCry attack on the NHS and the NotPetya assault on computer systems at Eastern European power stations. With hackers stealing millions of pounds in untraceable bitcoin from small hairdressers to large multi-national organisations, ransomware has become a high-profile threat across the world.
Most recently, hackers have targeted the popular game PUBG, Player Unknown Battle Ground, with a new form of ransomware attack. This version only affects laptops and PCs, not consoles, and it encrypts documents, music, movies and other files. Hackers only release these files after their victims have played PUBG for an hour!
The demands from these hackers weren’t as malicious as normal ransomware attacks and most gamers completed the hour. Others waited for a pop-up window to appear with a code to unlock their computer.
While there is humour in this unique ransomware attack, the ramifications would have been far worse if the hackers had planted a more harmful virus deep within the computer system or had created a means of re-entering the system whenever they wanted to.
Businesses that have adopted a BYOD policy or provide their remote workers with laptops or computers could potentially open up their network to these types of ransomware attacks if their cyber security isn’t up to date.
Get some more facts about hackers from our infographic and our blog on how to protect yourself from ransomware. If your concerned about your cyber security, contact our team on 0800 054 6789 or email me directly.