Ransomware has now become such a big problem that national security is at risk. The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security warns about this. Important parts of the infrastructure could fail if they are hacked by ransomware attackers.
That happened recently in the United States, when a large mega pipeline was hacked. A large international meat company also suffered from a ransomware attack and a carrier was hit in the Netherlands, which led, among other things, to a temporary shortage of cheese in supermarkets.
According to the NCTV, a ransomware attack could in the future ensure that part of the Dutch central government is down, or that important vital processes such as internet access or the banking system can no longer be controlled.
The Netherlands got a taste of this at the end of last year when the municipality of Hof van Twente was shut down, but the national government and the critical infrastructure have been spared for the time being. However, the NCTV points out that in the United States, federal government agencies and the energy sector have already been affected.
Companies pay millions to cybercriminals to release their files held hostage. In this video we explain to you which illegal technique causes this: