What is Ransomware?

Ransom is the money demanded by someone who possesses or controls an object or being of value, in exchange of releasing the control or freeing the object or person. 

Ransomware is malicious software that intends to control your PC / Mac / Mobile until you pay the desired ransom to the hijackers. The means of getting into the system are like always – clicking on wrong link in email or on the internet. Most people forget that the ‘tax department’, or any of the reputed companies would not send emails to you for lottery winnings or special offers. Most likely the links would make you download a file that’ll contain the Ransomware. Some people do get carried away seeing a large amount of money and inadvertently click on these links. Once Ransomware is installed on your machine/device, it begins to gain more power and since everything is connected, it propagates to other devices.

Ransomware has suddenly become a threat because it demands money without any fear. The software code will encrypt the data on your disk and you will need a password to decrypt the entire data. This password would be with the hijacker in this case, which should ideally be given to you in case you make the payment. 

Hacking Smartphone with one message – Live

All of us receive promotional messages via various instant messengers like WhatsApp, Hike, WeChat, IMO or Facebook Messenger etc every day. Some of these have free gifts, others offer recharge and mobile balance top-up. Here is one story about such messages. We click on the links in these messages without verifying the source, simply relying upon the sender’s identity. The links in these messages can host malicious software that once downloaded on the phone, can cause serious issues, including Identity Theft. This was displayed by an ethical hacker on live television.

Video Courtesy IBN LIVE.

Please make sure that you do not click on any link in a message that has lucrative offers. Go to the website of the company directly or search for the offer online. All companies that run promotional offers have them on their websites or promote it online via other mediums. Also use a good Mobile Antivirus if possible.