Prevent this Hack Attack “Locky”

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Prevent this Hack Attack “Locky”

A small hospital in Henderson, KY is in a state of emergency reeling from a “Locky” ransomware attack waged by cyber criminals. The FBI reported that more recently, we’re seeing an increasing number of incidents involving so-called ‘drive-by‘ ransomware, where users can infect their computers simply by clicking on a compromised website, often lured there by a deceptive e-mail or pop-up window,” the FBI said in its report.

How did the hackers get in the Methodist Hospital’s computer network located in Henderson, KY? The criminals reportedly used new strain of malware known as “Locky” to encrypt important files. The malware spread from the initial infected machine to the entire internal network and several other systems. “Locky” ransomware is the newest ransomware variation.

The hospital is reportedly considering paying hackers the ransom money of four bitcoins, about $1,600 at the current exchange rate, for the key to unlock the files.

As with other hack attacks, you can work to avoid ransomware. Experts advise taking these steps to avoid attacks or protect yourself after an attack:

Back up often The ability to restore quickly undermines the attack.

Reputable antivirus software and firewall Business class firewalls and security software minimize exposure.

Block popups Popups are a prime tactic used by the bad guys, so simply avoid even accidentally clicking on an infected popup.

Exercise caution Don’t click on links inside emails, and avoid suspicious websites. If your PC does come under attack, use another computer to research details about the type of attack. But be aware that the bad guys are devious enough to create fake sites, perhaps touting their own fake antivirus software or their de-encryption program.

Disconnect from the Internet If you receive a Ransomware note, disconnect from the Internet so your personal data isn’t transmitted back to the criminals.

Alert authorities Ransomware is a serious form of extortion.

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