The House of Representatives has been targeted by a series of attempted ransomware attacks. Representatives and their staff are being warned by the House’s tech support staff to avoid any suspicious links sent to them via email, as that seems to be where the attackers are focusing their attention.
Ransomware is a form of malware attack that’s seen an upswing of attention in recent months. It works by baiting users into running code that encrypts the files on their computers, locking them out. At that point, the only way to remedy the situation is to pay a ransom to the perpetrator.