Metro social media users increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA – The federal government is warning consumers and businesses about an increase in cyber attacks.

Cyber ​​security experts say they’re seeing an increase in ransomware attacks against multi-million dollar businesses and everyday social media users.

Research shows that most hackers can break into your social media account through your username and password.

Once they get that check, they can do anything, including forcing you to pay hundreds of dollars to get it back.

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15 years of Leanne Springstead memories vanished within seconds of being the victim of a cyberattack.

Springstead said she noticed something was strange with her husband’s Facebook account. After days of unsuccessful login attempts, they realized her profile had changed and they had been hacked.

“I wrote to the guy, ‘Get rid of my husband’s profile,’ and he said, ‘Why, when I bought it from someone? She said. Channel 2’s Ashli ​​Lincoln.

Hackers changed her profile picture, name, email address and password, completely preventing them from regaining control.

“He asked me, do you want to buy him back? ‘, Well, I just stopped talking with the guy because I’m not about to give him money for all of this,” he said. declared Springstead.

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A recent report from Verizon Wireless shows that this year has seen a substantial increase in cybercrime fueled by ransomware and phishing attempts. The report shows that 61% of all data breaches come from stolen credentials.

The White House is also warning organizations and individuals to be on high alert.

Springstead says that although its situation is minor compared to ransomware attacks against organizations, dozens of ordinary workers fall victim to paid hackers in an attempt to recover their accounts.

“It’s really kind of a wake-up call to how comfortable we are with technology,” she said.

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Facebook has several ways to report fraud to users if their account has been hacked.

Cyber ​​security experts say one of the easiest ways to protect yourself is to change your password frequently.

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