Paying a ransom not only emboldens current cyber criminals to target more organizations, it also offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved in this type of illegal activity.
And by paying a ransom, an organization might inadvertently be funding other illicit activity associated with criminals. As ransomware techniques and malware continue to evolve—and because it’s difficult to detect a ransomware compromise before it’s too late—organizations in particular should focus on two main areas: The mission of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the FBI concerning suspected Internet-facilitated fraud schemes and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners.
Several years ago, ransomware was normally delivered through spam e-mails, but because e-mail systems got better at filtering out spam, cyber criminals turned to spear phishing e-mails targeting specific individuals.
And in newer instances of ransomware, some cyber criminals aren’t using e-mails at all—they can bypass the need for an individual to click on a link by seeding legitimate websites with malicious code, taking advantage of unpatched software on end-user computers.
Our nation’s critical infrastructure, including both private and public sector networks, are targeted by adversaries.These messages include instructions on how to pay the ransom, usually with bitcoins because of the anonymity this virtual currency provides.Ransomware attacks are not only proliferating, they’re becoming more sophisticated.For more information on the FBI's cyber security efforts, read our "Addressing Threats to the Nation’s Cybersecurity" brochure. Billions of dollars are lost every year repairing systems hit by such attacks.Some take down vital systems, disrupting and sometimes disabling the work of hospitals, banks, and 9-1-1 services around the country. It runs the gamut—from computer geeks looking for bragging rights…to businesses trying to gain an upper hand in the marketplace by hacking competitor websites, from rings of criminals wanting to steal your personal information and sell it on black markets…to spies and terrorists looking to rob our nation of vital information or launch cyber strikes.The genre is supposedly about to get the update treatment in 2011 with the release of a new game for the PC and PS3 and IPad. Here's the blurb from the developers It gave us a laugh anyway! Remember, if you have any of these games then take a few minutes and send us a review - we'll publish it on the surf game pages.Now, we have not developed any of these distractions above ourselves, so here's a list of the original sources.Perhaps get someone to spray water in your face as you ride.Hours of fun after a few cans (of coke if you are under age!The FBI doesn’t support paying a ransom in response to a ransomware attack.Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee an organization that it will get its data back—there have been cases where organizations never got a decryption key after having paid the ransom.