Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files, demanding a ransom payment through certain online payment methods (and by an established deadline) in order to regain control of your data.

It can be downloaded through fake application updates or by visiting compromised websites. It can also be delivered as email attachments in spam or dropped/downloaded via other malware (i.e. a Trojan).

It is a scam designed to generate huge profits for organised criminal groups.

To prevent and minimise the effects of Ransomware, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre advises you to take the following measures

View advice on preventing ransomware



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