Ransomware attacks on the rise, targeting both individuals and organizations

  • Published on May 15, 2019
  • According to the Department of Homeland Security, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting both individuals and organizations. Senior technology reporter for ProPublica, Renee Dudley, joins CBSN to talk about how some data recovery firms pay hackers' ransoms -- often without telling their clients.

Comments • 25

  • zyphos szn
    zyphos szn 10 days ago

    And now my school district is hacked and the hackers told my school district to pay them 7.1 mil

  • Asura.H
    Asura.H 3 months ago

    Ransomware creators/spreaders should be counted as terrorist and should be sentenced for death for the loss of million peoples and ruining the development and evolution of a country.
    Every countries should hire bunch of expert to create a system to hunt and track the hackers or else Internet will be conquered by the criminals in the future.
    All the data, money will get into the hands of criminals.
    Serious actions should be made as soon as posibble , this case have potential to be more serious than wars because it concerns the whole world.
    "Hackers are Dangerous Terrorists" That's how we should treated them from now on because Virus and hackers are not that simple anymore.
    They can crush a country and they can crush anyone's life.

  • Jason Hemway
    Jason Hemway 4 months ago +1

    *Gets rocket science cap on* A company working to help victims who regularly deal with the same hacker groups must have a business relationship with them. My head just exploded.

  • Karen O
    Karen O 4 months ago

    THIS WAS A MOVIE! Maybe they wrote it?

  • Nathaniel Anderson
    Nathaniel Anderson 4 months ago

    I like Utube. But I can't stand Facebook. I signed off as soon as I found out that they were responsible for distribution of the false propaganda during the 2016 election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the fact that Mark Zuckerberg doesn't understand why he is responsible. He owns a media distribution platform, just like, CBS, NBC, or a radio station. He should be liable for the distribution of slanderous materials. I lost some friends because of Facebook. As a result, I am not going to have any friends, or share any thing with anyone, on any other social media outlet. I will comment, just so I can document how I feel, and what my point of view is on Issues and content. I will never go back on Facebook. I sincerely hope that Utube does not disappoint me in the same way. I hope that all advertising is screened, and Soviet Union style propaganda, is not distributed on this platform. So far, everything is going well. I don't like lies. It is a waste of time to listen to them.

  • Lauren Padgett
    Lauren Padgett 4 months ago

    This would then be a legit indictable criminal enterprise. Do not negotiate with terrorists. The Iranian's are contracted from someone with motive, then.

  • nosuchthing8
    nosuchthing8 4 months ago

    So it will be a tax on us all

  • Nerdy Rodent
    Nerdy Rodent 4 months ago +4

    Don’t pay the ransom! We can get you data back. *for double the ransom

  • david wilson
    david wilson 4 months ago


  • Christopher
    Christopher 4 months ago +1

    Anti American Silicon Valley cannot be trusted with the secrets of America.

  • Michael🇺🇸
    Michael🇺🇸 4 months ago +3

    Speaking of attacks....Democrats- Stop attacking our guys for wearing MAGA hats. We don't attack your guys for wearing dresses.

    • Đeath Vader
      Đeath Vader 4 months ago

      Stop wearing a target on your head.

    • Michael🇺🇸
      Michael🇺🇸 4 months ago

      @Justin Norton the last school shooting was a Lgbt nutcase

    • nosuchthing8
      nosuchthing8 4 months ago +1

      You DO attack people that wear dresses. Look at Charlottesville. And school shootings. And attacks on jewish people. And.....

    • Justin Norton
      Justin Norton 4 months ago

      No, you just commit mass shooting and plan terrorist attacks.

    • Christopher
      Christopher 4 months ago

      Good point, American patriot.

  • Vivek Kayastha
    Vivek Kayastha 4 months ago

    *.BUFAS file extension from Chinese Hackers

    HOMER DRUMPF 4 months ago

    Good thing I use Windows 10

    • Md Aftab Uddin
      Md Aftab Uddin 3 months ago

      I use windows 10.. Lost all my files by ransomeware...

    • GamingTV
      GamingTV 4 months ago

      it mostly happens to systems that's connected to wifi internet, anyone can spoof your radio signal

  • Make Racists Afraid Again

    I transferred all my pictures onto disks.
    I don't care about anything else on my computer. I wouldn't pay a dime.

    • Đeath Vader
      Đeath Vader 4 months ago


    • nosuchthing8
      nosuchthing8 4 months ago

      Actually there are some special dvd burning setups that can last centuries

    • Felipe M.
      Felipe M. 4 months ago

      Discs expire between 10 to 30 years time and Disks while more reliable, can eventually get corrupted.
      If you think either of these solutions last for a lifetime, you hot another thing coming.

  • Lythos
    Lythos 4 months ago +1

    Wait what