Ransom-ware! There are over 4000 attacks of these kind per day according to the FBI in 2017. This is up from 1000 in 2015. If you have not seen this attack before it is only a matter of time before you will or know someone who has dealt with this. 58% of victims will never recover the data lost from this attack. 93% of Ransom-ware attacks come from email attachments/hyperlinks. The Healthcare industry is the number one target for cyber criminals.

Think twice before you click. Be wary of any updates that your computer asks you to do. The ransom can range anywhere between $500 and $5000.

If you have any doubts about the attachment please contact the sender or contact your IT professional. Cyber criminals use fear, urgency, curiosity, and sympathy to get you to click on their link or download an attachment.

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