The US National Security Agency, hacking weapons to command computers, espionage bent on bitcoins … you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that you were reading a Sci-Fi script. However, far from Sci-Fi and nearer to WiFi is the reality of ransomware.
Ransomware works by blocking access to your files unless a ransom – anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars – is paid.
It all starts with a click … most often people get infected through an attachment or link in a phishing email or social media message. Other infection routes include hacked websites, malicious popups and file sharing.