Bitdefender reveals 4 in 10 UK ransomware victims have paid to recover their documents.

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Findings indicate 31 per cent of users would pay 400 [pounds sterling] to recover their encrypted data.

Bitdefender has discovered that 44 per cent of all ransomware victims in the UK have paid to regain access to their data, and predict this number to rise in the years to come. 39 per cent of victims found it probable or very probable that they will be attacked again in the future.

The findings also revealed that victims are willing to pay up to 400 [pounds sterling] to recover their encrypted data. When questioned on when these attacks are most likely to occur, 76 per cent of respondents said they believe that attacks could happen at any time.

Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender said: "The ransomware phenomenon has been hitting internet users and generating huge profit for cybercriminals for years. While victims are usually inclined to pay the ransom, we encourage them not to engage in such actions as it only serves to financially support the malware's developers. Instead, coupling a security solution with minimum online vigilance could help prevent any unwanted ransomware infection."

67 per cent of respondents had correctly associated ransomware with a virus and 44 per cent had accurately identified ransomware as a type of threat that prevents or limits access to computer data. Furthermore, almost 34 per cent of respondents had identified the top three most common ransomware infection vectors as email messages that contain computer viruses, files...

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