The FBI’s Internet Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive data indicating that ransomware is spreading around the globe. This malware-variant infects your computer by encrypting your data so it can no longer be accessed unless you pay the ransom amount that commonly ranges from $300 to $10,000 in digital currency (i.e., Bitcoins). Between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 related ransomware complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million.
If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam, you should reach out to your local FBI field office:
- New Haven, CT ─ 203.777.6311
- Boston, MA ─ 617.742.5533
Additionally, you should file a complaint at www.IC3.gov noting any relevant information.
Following the tips below help protect you from becoming a victim:
- Create backup copies of important personal and business data so that ransomware scams will have a limited impact. You can simply have your system wiped clean and reload your files.
- Use anti-malware software that contains the latest definitions and practice safe Internet browsing.
- Avoid opening email attachments from unknown users and installing unsolicited software.
Visit our Protect Yourself and Protect Your Business pages for more information and tips to help avoid becoming a victim of fraud.