A rise in data kidnappings makes data protection more important than ever. It’s little more than electronic thuggery. Demanding payment for the safe return of your data is one of the newest scams perpetrated by cyber-criminals. And they’re using ransomware – malware that’s expressly designed to encrypt your data – to do it.In a ransomware attack, the criminal will send the victim an email saying that they have control of their system, and the victim can’t get any data on their system unless they pay the criminal through an untraceable wire service.
Spyware and other threats are responsible for a range of ills from slow PCs and clogged networks to annoying ads and identity theft. Businesses and other organizations need to protect themselves against the growing threats from spyware and other malicious software. At a minimum, this type of malware causes computers to run slowly or crash. [...]
The latest Internet Security Report issued by CA, Inc. outlines the top online threats for 2008 and also reports on malware trends from 2007. The study, based on data compiled by CA‘s Global Security Advisor researchers, forewarns that online gamers, social networks and high-profile events like the U.S. presidential elections and the Beijing Olympics are among the top targets for nefarious online attacks in 2008. See the full report and related guides Â»