Ransomware is increasingly in the news, and you might even have been affected by it.
Ransomware is malicious software, often spread by a Trojan virus, which can block access to a user’s files. Simple ransomware attacks can sometimes be circumvented by a knowledgeable user, but sophisticated attacks will encrypt the user’s files. This renders their files completely inaccessible until the ransom is paid, often via cyptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which are difficult to track.
Unfortunately, this kind of cyber-attack is becoming very common.