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Ransomware – this is how you beat blackmailers

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As you would have probably heard, the ransomware WannaCry recently attacked approximately 200,000 Windows PC users in more than 150 countries.[1] The cyber criminals used the attack to encrypt sensitive data on the PCs, held the data hostage and demanded a payment of 300 US dollars in the form of the crypto currency Bitcoin. If those affected did not pay the amount within seven days, the blackmailers claimed they would delete the encrypted data. The attack affected a wide variety of organisations and individuals, including healthcare institutions and logistic companies.

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What to do if you have been hacked

So you’re sitting in the office, and you’ve just opened an attachment in an email that you assumed was from a colleague.

It wasn’t – and now your computer’s behaving very strangely, with pop-ups all over the screen. It looks like you’ve been hacked.

So what do you do now? Do you panic? Maybe you pretend like nothing’s happened and hope it goes away. Or do you switch off your computer and hide until someone confronts you?

None of the options above are good ideas! Instead, simply follow the checklist below from our partner Norton, for what to do if you’ve been hacked:

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