US, Canada Issue Joint Security Alert Regarding Ransomware

It's not just your imagination, ransomware is on the rise to such an extent that US CERT and it's Canadian counterpart have issued a joint security alert on the subject.
The likes of TeslaCrypt 4 feature 'unbreakable encryption' and use scare-tactics to encourage victims to part with their money. This is what has prompted the joint alert from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre which warns about "destructive ransomware variants such as Locky and Samas". Interestingly, the advisory actively discourages victims from bowing to ransom demands.

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