“Ten percent of the Dutch population has ever been a victim of ransomware

“Ten percent of the Dutch population has ever been a victim of ransomware

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Ten percent of the Dutch have been the victim of ransomware, malicious software that a computer “hostage” and ransom requests.

Only 40 percent of the victims did report the crime to the police, according to research by Markteffects commissioned by security firm ESET, among over one thousand Dutch. People who come illegally movies, series or download software or sexual websites, are more often affected by ransomware than people who do not.

The fieldwork for the research was largely carried out after the WannaCry-attack, where more than 200,000 computers infected were.

A large majority of sets in the survey not to know what ransomware is. Especially women (75 percent) say there is no knowledge about to have. Ransomware encrypts all the data on a computer, so it is no longer accessible. Only if there is an amount of money is transferred, the data will be made accessible again.

Dave Maas, managing director of ESET the Netherlands, advised the Dutch not to pay. “Payment of ransom, you should never do, because you can never know for sure whether you get the files back, or soon again will be infected.”

Also recommends Maasland to the used security software up-to-date. Also he advises to click on links that are not to be trusted to click.


According to the research are Dutch people less often suffer from ransomware than other types of malware. 25 percent said that the malware on a desktop to have had. This tends to be a virus. Smartphones (6 percent) and tablets (5 per cent) appear to be less affected by malware.

Victims of malware doing in 80 percent of the cases reported to the police, say the researchers.


Friday it was announced that the National Association, The Sunflower has become a victim of ransomware. The volunteer organization organizes customized vacations. A document with data of 4700 vakantiedeelnemers seemed to have disappeared and taken hostage. On the losgeldverzoek, the organisation went not in.

The document contains information about the vakantiedeelnemers, including names, addresses and information about their physical condition. The Sunflower has no reason to believe that the hacked data on the street. The Sunflower is now working with a reserveversie of the document.

See also:
What we know about the ransomware WannaCry

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