There have been some recent reports of a new form of Ransomware that can be extremely dangerous if installed. The new ransomware has a name of Ryuk. It is spread via email and phishing links. Once clicked on, it can lay dormant for weeks or months before it will activate.
Once it activates, it can search for and encrypt any file that is accessible. Local computer files and network files (mapped drives) can all be encrypted if accessible. Like typical ransomware, the attackers request a certain dollar amount and then promise a decryption key. There is no way to know whether they will actually give you the that decryption key. They are in complete control at that point.
An attack of this magnitude can be absolutely devastating to recover from. It is extremely time consuming and expensive, not to mention that if you have any type of private information (PHI, PII, PCI, etc.) stored on your system, it then becomes a reportable incident.
The link below provides some additional technical information.
Threat Assessment: Ryuk Ransomware
A couple items to keep in mind:
If you have any questions, please contact your local Kemper CPA Group office and we will connect you with one of our technology professionals.