How Criminals Use Malware and Ransomware to Attack Computers?

Malware comes in many forms and is used to attack computers. Most infections are spread through email and websites. They usually require permission for installation and will look like an official request from a trusted brand. Another method criminals utilize as common examples of malware is exploiting a computer’s missing security update. 

Ransomware

Ransomware is a computer virus used by criminals to extort money from victims. It was first created in 1996 by Adam Young and Moti Yung. They used crypto virology to create an attack that prompted the victim to send asymmetric ciphertext to the attacker in exchange for a decryption key. The attacker then launders the money using traditional money laundering techniques and digital currency-specific venues.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from ransomware attacks. One of the most effective measures is to ensure that your security software is updated. Regular updates to software include patches that … Read More