Don't Fall Victim to Ransomware

Gordon Smith
By Gordon Smith

A number of our customers have contacted us recently having received copyright infringement notices by email.

The emails encourage the user to click a link to "download the infringement document". This will certainly download something very nasty to your computer, possibly putting you in the line of fire for ransomware. Once the malicious ransomware code is installed on your computer it can take over, threaten to extort money from you, and hold your data to ransom.

Of course you should not pay any ransoms demanded, and contact the police immediately. It's a very stressful thing to have happen to you.

Copyright infringements do need to be taken seriously but they won't come in an email without any detail about who/what/how you have infringed somebody's copyright.

CloudFlare, one of the world's internet infrastructure providers, is seeing a huge surge in DDoS attacks.

These attacks use multiple computers around the world to bombard your website with requests, crippling your site's ability to function. Again, the attackers will try to extort money from to stop the attack. They often contact you in advance to warn you it's going to happen. CloudFlare has tools to detect and protect against DDoS but again the experience is better avoided than endured.

Don't click links in emails from people you don't know or trust.

For more information on keeping your website safe and secure, contact Dotwise on 020 8399 4920 or email¬†[email protected].