What is ransomware?


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Ransomware is a type of malicious software or virus that hackers can demand the victim pay for an encryption key to regain access.

Hackers used ransomware to take over the school district’s systems.

The question that may pose in many people’s thoughts now, is how do you avoid becoming one of those victims?

A local expert said everyone will be targeted, so you need to be vigilant.

“If you’re not expecting a file from somebody, if you know that person, contact them, see if they sent it to you,” said Jim Wilkinson, Executive Director of IT at Rock Valley College. “If not, simply delete it. Don’t go to strange websites and make sure you have anti-virus, anti-malware on your home computer.”

According to Wilkinson the sites that attract the most malware are adult sites.


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