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Businesses in Kelowna have been hit by ransomware attacks, Mounties have warned.
The RCMP said several local firms, including “small mom and pop businesses,” have suffered hacks.
In a ransomware attack, a criminal injects an encryption code which causes the data on a computer to become unusable.
The criminal then demands cash – in Bitcoin – in exchange for a key to unlock the data.
Those who pay do not always receive the key.
The RCMP suggests the following tips to avoid falling victim to an attack:
Do not answer suspicious emails and do not click on any links in them
Be cautious of any unsolicited email
Ensure a backup plan for your data that is consistent and frequent
Have anti-malware software
Ensure regular software and system updates/patches as well as frequent system-wide password changes
Publish and enforce an employee security policy
Those who do fall victim are recommended to do the following:
Contact your financial institutes
Contact your local police
Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501 or through the Fraud Reporting System.
Call Equifax Canada (1-800-465-7166)
Call TransUnion Canada (1-877-525-3823)
Anyone with any information about crimes of this sort can call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.
To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit crimestoppers.net.
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