IT Infrastructure in Irish Companies Held to Ransom

April 4th 2016

Irish Companies are currently facing a major challenge ensuring their IT infrastructure is safe and protected from external attacks. Data Solutions and TechPro magazine recently carried out a study which found that 23% of Irish businesses have been attacked and held to ransom by a ransomware attack. This type of attack is seen as “rampant” in Ireland by some security experts. These attacks are affecting a wide range of industries and organisations.

What exactly is ransomware? It is defined as “a type of malicious software that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction”. Basically a Malicious code gets into a computer or server and then disables access to files by locking them. A demand will be made to the user of infected computer asking for a ransom to be paid in order to unlock these files. Often this ransom is requested in bitcoin with little to no tractability. The cost of the ransom can be reach the thousands of euros. Generally, a threat is made to the user of the desktop that all files will be deleted by a certain time unless ransom is met. 

Ransomware “As Gaeilge”

 

Ransomware can get onto a user’s computer system just like any computer virus. Often it might be a well written email, claiming to be a bank statement, notice of appearance in court or other official documents. If ransom is paid a decryption code is sent to user of computer which should unlock the files.

In order to remain competitive in today’s business world, it is vital that organisations take the steps necessary to protect their IT infrastructure and network from malicious software such as ransomware, harmful viruses, spam, and other spyware. Here at IT Force, we offer a wide range of services to help meet your IT needs. 
Contact us at info@itforce.ie for more info.

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