The FBI recommends that you pay up if hackers infect your computer with ransomware

When I saw the headline, “The FBI recommends that you pay up if hackers infect your computer with ransomware,” my first thought was that someone goofed and omitted a “not” before “pay up.” I was wrong.

Tess Danielson reports:

If a hacker hijacks your computer with malware and holds your data for ransom, it’s probably best to just pay up, at least that’s the latest advice the FBI is giving out concerning ransomware.

Reported last week by Security Ledger, Joseph Bonavolonta, the Assistant Special Agent who oversees the FBI’s CYBER and Counterintelligence Program in Boston, spoke at the 2015 Cyber Security Summit and advised that companies infected with ransomware may want to give in to the criminal’s demands.

“The ransomware is that good,” Bonavolonta explained to an audience of business and technology leaders. “To be honest, we often advise people just to pay the ransom.”

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