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Help take down a ransomware network and stop scammers in their tracks

What to report

If you are a victim of ransomware, you should contact your local FBI office or file a complaint at www.IC3.gov. Include all of the following details that apply:

  • The date of the infection.
  • Ransomware Variant - this will be identified on the ransom page or by the encrypted file extension.
  • Victim company information - industry type, business size, etc.
  • How the infection occurred - browsing the internet, clicking a link in an email, etc.
  • Requested ransom amount.
  • The Bitcoin Wallet address of the attacker - this could be listed on the ransom page.
  • Ransom amount paid - if you paid the ransom, how much did you pay?
  • Overall losses - how much the infection cost, including the amount of ransom paid and any other losses associated with the attack.
  • Victim impact statement.

 

The FBI is also recommending safety measures to prevent ransomware attacks. Here are some of their recommendations:

  • Back up data regularly - this could be the best way to recover your critical data if you are infected.
  • Make sure your backups are secure - do not connect your backups to computers or networks that they are backing up.
  • Never open risky links in emails - don't open attachments from unsolicited emails.
  • Download only trusted software - make sure the software you download comes from trusted sites.
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Source: ThreatPost
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