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Ransomware is the most-used type of malicious software

Ransomware is the most-used type of malicious software
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That’s according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (via TechRepublic). Ransomware takes over a computer and encrypts its contents until the user pays a fee to have the contents unlocked. Verizon’s 2018 report found that ransomware was the most popular type of malicious software, with it being involved in 39% of malware data breaches. Other findings from the report:

  • 68% of data breaches took a month or more to discover
  • 96% of malware attacks use emails as the entry point to a user’s computer
  • But in some good news, only 4% of people fell for a phishing attack
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