WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that locks the files on your device so you can’t open them. A message (or ransom note) from the criminal will appear on your screen, demanding money in return for a code to unlock the files.
You can become a victim of ransomware by accidentally by clicking on an email attachment, or if your security software isn’t up to date.
Cybercriminals usually demand you pay the ransom in a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, because it’s difficult for police to trace.
Ransomware attacks are just like any other extortion attempt. The police advise that businesses should never comply with a criminals’ request for money.