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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here is a GREAT article on how the Ransomware got it’s start from the blog over at Code42.

Full article: https://blog.code42.com/the-webs-greediest-villain-ransomware/

Article snippet…

Becoming infected with a ransomware program—be it CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, CTB-Locker, TorrentLocker, or one of their many variants—can feel like the digital equivalent of getting mugged. The software encrypts targeted files on the infected computer and holds them hostage until a payment is made when a decryption key is delivered. Demands for payment range from $100-$500, depending on the victim. This past year, several U.S. city police departments admitted to paying ransoms around $500 each for retrieving files that were stolen from them. – Read the rest at the full article: https://blog.code42.com/the-webs-greediest-villain-ransomware/