Tech Tuesday: Ransomware Attacks On The Rise

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the inside of a computer
This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. Jenny Kane/AP Photo

It begins with a bogus email that tricks you into downloading malicious software known as ‘ransomware.’ Your computer freezes up and hackers steal your data, then demand money to return it. We discuss the threat of ransomware for governments, companies and individuals.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Steven Potter Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Josephine Wolff Guest

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