Ransomware attacks can be nasty to deal with. If your gadget is infected, you could lose irreplaceable photos or important documents forever. We've even warned you that there's no guarantee that you will get them back if you decide to pony up the ransom.
Global ransomware attacks are at an all-time high as cybercriminals target both individuals and businesses. In response to the increasing number of threats, the FBI is taking action.
The FBI, along with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), recently issued a public service announcement. They are urging victims of ransomware to report all incidents to federal law enforcement. They are trying to get a better understanding of current threats and how U.S. victims are impacted.
Even if you pay the ransom, you might not get your files back. There’s no honor among thieves. Regardless, report it to FBI. #RansomwareFTC
— FTC (@FTC) September 7, 2016
The FBI says it's been difficult to know the true number of ransomware victims, as many incidents go unreported to the law. If all attacks were reported, law enforcement would gain a greater understanding of the threat and justify ransomware investigations. Having victims' details would also make it easier to determine who is behind the attacks and how victims are targeted.