What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that generally blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money (a ransom) to release it. If the ransom is not paid (usually within a specified time period), the data are typically deleted forever.

How does Ransomware Spread?

Ransomware attacks typically spread as file attachments in emails and are unleashed when email recipients unwittingly download or open the attachments. Some ransomware, such as WannaCry, can also spread automatically between servers and computers without user interaction.

What if I am infected with Ransomware?

Isolate the infected system by disconnecting it from your network and the internet and call ITque immediately – 408.500.0724.

How can I protect myself from Ransomware?

The best way to protect yourself from ransomware is to never open emails from an unknown source, especially emails with attachments. In addition, you should:

  1. Have up-to-date, business-grade anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on all servers and computers.
  2. Have a robust spam filter stop suspected emails before they hit your email server.
  3. Train employees to only open emails they are expecting or those from people they know and trust.
  4. Call ITque to find out how we protected every single one of our clients from recent Ransomware attacks.

Recent Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has infiltrated the public consciousness recently with two huge attacks, both appearing to start in Europe and then spreading to the United States and numerous other countries. Dubbed WannaCry and NotPetya, these Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on thousands of computers, hundreds of companies and in dozens of countries. Here are brief summaries of both.


First reported in Europe on or about May 12, 2017, WannaCry is ransomware containing a worm component that attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Windows to remotely compromise systems, encrypt files, and spread to other hosts. For more information visit US Department of Homeland Security WannaCry


First reported in Spain on or about June 27, 2017, this variant of the Petya malware—referred to as NotPetya—encrypts files with extensions from a hard-coded list. Additionally, if the malware gains administrator rights, it encrypts the master boot record (MBR), making the infected Windows computers unusable. For more information visit US Department of Homeland Security NotPetya 

ITque: Network Security Experts

Although ITque can do almost anything in the IT realm, our specialty is network and data security. In fact, we’re proud to have one of the best security gurus in the Bay Area as our CTO. Call ITque today to speak with our CTO and find out how we protected 100% of our clients from these (and all other) Ransomware attacks. Call ITque today: 408.641.7030.