What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malware that infects a computer and restricts access to the user's files unless a ransom is paid to the attackers. The malware is usually spread through phishing emails or websites that host malicious code. Infection methods are constantly evolving, and there are countless ways one's technology can become infected.
How does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is typically delivered as an attachment by email, usually imitating a trusted source (such as a company or an individual) to trick the user into clicking the malicious link. The email might also be disguised as a file, a link, or a text message. The ransomware typically gets activated once the attachment is opened, locking up the system in the process. The ransomware may also be delivered as a download from a malicious website or as an attachment from an email that the user has opened.
About Hoffmx Ransomware
Hoffmx ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts all the files in a computer until the user pays a ransom. Hoffmx Ransomware drops a file named leia_, containing the ransom note. Files encrypted by Hoffmx will have a .hoffm extension appended at the end. Hoffmx Ransomware has also been spotted inside the following files and processes: ['svchost.exe', 'joke.exe', 'CSGhost-v4.exe']
How to Protect Against Ransomware?
The first and most important thing you can do to protect yourself from ransomware is to make sure that your personal computer is up-to-date and protected with the latest security software. You should also make regular backups of all essential files, so if something happens to your computer, you have all of your important data backed up elsewhere.
- Keep your operating system and all software up-to-date
- Use a reliable antivirus program
- Back up your data regularly, and make regular backups of your important files
- Use strong passwords and keep your devices secure by securing them with a strong password
- Install software updates to keep your devices up-to-date and protected
- Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, downloading software from suspicious websites.