Ransomware White Paper October 2016

This document provides an overview of the guidance from SWGfL and signposts to products and services that can help.

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Introduction

A number of organisations have fallen victim to ransomware attacks in recent months. This document provides an overview of the guidance from SWGfL as well as signposts to products and services that can help.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a kind of malware or malicious software that interferes with data on your device. It holds your device or files for "ransom" and will demand that you pay money to get access to your device or files.

There are different types of ransomware which behave in slightly different ways, including:

  • Preventing you from accessing Windows
  • Encrypting your files so you can't use them
  • Stopping certain apps from running, including your web browser

Like other malware, ransomware targets any user, whether at home, work or school. There is also no guarantee that paying the fine or doing what the ransomware tells you will give access to your device or files ever again.