One of a company’s worst nightmares goes a little something like this.
An employee boots up their computer at the beginning of the work day. A couple of minutes into work they get an email from someone who seems to be a coworker. They click the link without thinking, and a message flashes onto their screen:
“Your files have been encrypted. You have 24 hours to pay a fine of $500. If you do not pay the fine, your files will be permanently encrypted.”
Yesterday, for several companies across Europe and Asia and even in the United States, that nightmare became a reality.