Ransomware Hits Royal Mail – Lets Recap
This week, UK’s Postal Service, Royal Mail has been hit with a Ransomware attack, which put the countries sensitive data at risk. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what ransomware is, how it can affect businesses and individuals, and what we’ve learnt from this huge scale attack. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
Ransomware is a malicious software (malware) that locks or encrypts data to deny access, and then demands money or payment before the files can be accessed again. It is usually sent as an email attachment with an executable file hidden in it. Once the user downloads and opens this file, ransomware can take over their computer system and encrypt the data files making them inaccessible.
Ransomware can be costly for both businesses and individuals as it can result in a loss of access to important sensitive information, disruption of systems, degradation or complete destruction of data, financial losses due to downtime and ransom payments, reputational damage, and potential legal liabilities. For individuals, the consequences can be devastating as they could potentially lose important documents such as photos, videos, medical records, or financial information.
This attack has highlighted the importance of cyber security for businesses and individuals alike. In today’s digital world, it is essential to be aware of the risks posed by ransomware and other malware attacks. All organisations should implement robust cyber security measures and staff training to ensure their systems are secure. Individuals can protect themselves by keeping their software up-to-date, being careful when downloading files or clicking on unknown links, and backing up important data regularly. Over anything, this attack has reminded everyone that attacks can happen to any businesses, no matter how small or big or well established they are.
The Royal Mail ransomware attack is a stark reminder of the importance of cyber security. Businesses and individuals should ensure that they are taking all necessary steps to protect their systems from malicious attackers. By being aware of the risks posed by ransomware and other malware, we can all help to minimise risk and prevent similar attacks in future. If you want to secure your business that extra step further, enquire today.