The Growing Threat of Ransomware in Central Ohio, Mainly Columbus

Published | June 12th, 2017

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Ransomware is defined as “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” Many companies have fallen victim to ransomware attacks through email delivery. Ransomware attacks can happen under the radar where most small Columbus businesses will not notice, until it is too late. After an attack, most companies never fully regain all the data that they’ve lost and lose confidence in their ability to prevent future attacks.

More and more criminals are looking to get with the “Columbus Ransomware” and/or "Central Ohio Ransomware" trends. Attacks are increasing, ransom demands are increasing and the techniques are evolving.  Regardless of a “criminal” technical knowledge, groups have established ransomware-as-a-service models, allowing anyone to be able to use their software. And now we're seeing pyramid schemes where infected users are offered a decryption key to unlock their data if they pass along their infection to others. Due to the increase in ransomware attacks, it is still believed that preventative measures are still lacking.

Many small Central Ohio businesses believe that they will never fall victim to a cybersecurity attack, but here at CloudCover we know that that isn't the case. Ransomware is very prevalent in Columbus and Central Ohio among small business who are not properly protected from hackers.