Ransomware attacks have been dominating the headlines recently, but this is not a new threat. The first known ransomware attack occurred in 1989, but the frequency of these attacks has accelerated which has made this threat a priority across enterprises worldwide.

Ransomware is a specific type of malware that targets unsuspecting users and is often introduced through emails containing a malicious link or attachment. With one click, the Trojan inserts itself within enterprise data systems, often laying dormant for hours to avoid detection. Once activated, the Trojan then infects the system and encrypts specific data volumes and files. The hackers then typically demand payment to decrypt the files, usually via bitcoin.

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