What is Ransomware?


Ransomware is a form of malware used against your device. Once cybercriminals gain access to your information, they encrypt your files making them inoperable. Malicious actors will try to pressure you into paying a ransom in exchange for your data. They can threaten to release or sell your information to others if the ransom is not paid. 

Ransomware is quite dangerous and can appear anywhere throughout the internet. In order for cybercriminals to infect your device with ransomware they must infiltrate it first. The malicious act has gained popularity as it has become increasingly easier to pervade devices. Users should be cautious before interacting with suspicious activity and should verify links or attachments before opening them.  

Common attacks to look out for include but are not limited to:

  • Phishing Campaigns
    • This appears in emails and include malicious links or images that can compromise your device if clicked or opened. Double-check the sender’s email address for familiarity and report suspicious emails to IT. 
  • Remote Desktop Protocol
    • RDP(Remote Desktop Protocol) is the ability to connect to a computer over a network connection. RDP can be very harmful if users give access to malicious actors or connect to unsecured networks. Make sure you only connect your devices to trusted networks. 
  • Software Vulnerabilities
    • Devices can become more vulnerable if software is not up to date. This is why it is important for users to remember to check for updates or enable automatic updates.


If you suspect you have been infected with ransomware contact IT Customer Care immediately at (718) 817-3999 or via email to: HelpIT@fordham.edu


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