According to a new research from security vendor ESET, more than a third of corporates have been hit by ransomware attacks or know a company that has. The firm polled 200 security professionals at the annual Infosecurity Europe event in June and found additionally that 84% believe their company would be seriously damaged if it were successfully infected with ransomware. More recently, malware writers have introduced even more dangerous versions which typically encrypt the victim’s files until a ransom is paid, whereupon they receive the decryption key. CryptoWall and CryptoLocker are among the most infamous of this type of ransomware. Last month, an enterprising security researcher published a Ransomware Response Kit to help IT admins respond faster to the threat of such attacks and it includes links to ransomware removal tools publicly available from vendors like Trend Micro and FireEye.
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