FBI Advising Victims Not To Pay Ransomware Attackers

September 19, 2016

FBI Advising Victims Not To Pay Ransomware Attackers

By Chris Brunau

It seems the FBI has seen the light when it comes to ransomware. After unofficially advising victims to pay when hit with ransomware, the FBI now urges victims to avoid paying the ransom.

In addition, the FBI also advises reporting attacks regardless of how little information you have about the attack and attacker. According to Will Bales, supervisory special agent for the FBI’s Cyber Division, any information is helpful in their fight against ransomware. Bales notes that information such as a Bitcoin wallet address, transaction data, or any email correspondence can help the FBI.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, there are nearly 2,500 complaints registered in 2015 representing $1.6M+ in damages. But, as we found in our recent ransomware survey (more on that below), the true numbers are far higher, because fewer than 1 in 4 incidents are actually reported. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center website accepts complaints from both victims and third parties. 

To learn more about Datto’s 2016 State of the Channel Ransomware Report or to learn best practices and solutions for ensuring total data protection for your business, read the full press release here.

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