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FBI Warns Businesses, ‘Don’t Pay Ransomware’ Demands

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The FBI has issued a cybersecurity warning to US businesses and organisations after the surge of ransomware attacks in the past year.

The FBI ‘public service announcement’ warned about high impact ransomware and advised against businesses and organisations paying the criminals, as there was no guarantee they will regain access to their locked data.

The FBI said that it has observed cyber criminals using three main techniques to infect victims with ransomware.

The first is the email phishing campaign, where the criminals sends an email containing a malicious file or link, which deploys malware when clicked by a recipient.

The second route is remote desktop protocol vulnerabilities, where criminals use brute-force methods against a proprietary network protocol in order to gain control of a computer over the internet.

The FBI then issued its advice on what to do if a computer is infected.

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