Why is Ransomware dangerous?
When Ransomware files have been run by the email recipient or web user, the malware actually encrypts files on both the local device and possibly the entire network. The user or business may then be held to ransom, with a Bitcoin fee usually demanded in return for the decryption key for the files.
The only other option is for the business to stay offline and recover previous backups to get back online. Many users are left with no choice other than to pay the ransom, which can be for tens of thousands of dollars.
How can I protect myself from these types of email scams?
To reduce the risk of being tricked by one of these scams, you should immediately delete any emails that:
If unsure, do not click links or download files contained within the email and contact the purported sender directly to verify the authenticity of the email.
AGL also share tips on how phishing and hoax emails operate on their website.