31 Dec '16, 9pm

More Singaporeans falling prey to ransomware

Wedding photographer Chan Kar Mun knew something was amiss when her computer rebooted to an unfamiliar screenshot instead of her usual home screen. The screenshot said her files and folders, which include edited photographs she was due to send to her clients, have been encrypted and locked. It was followed by a list of instructions on how she can pay a ransom of more than $1,000 to get her files back. "I could not believe I was hit by a virus that I have not even heard of before," said Ms Chan. She tried downloading antivirus software but to no avail. Luckily, she had a backup set of raw footage. Ms Chan was a victim of ransomware. According to antivirus software firm Symantec's latest Internet security threat report, Singapore ranks 42nd globally in terms of ransomware by destination, with 16 total attacks a day and a total of 5,767 attacks in 2015. 16 Daily number of ran...

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