Fact vs. Fiction Archive

Fiction: If you do not pay the ransomware fee, your files will be destroyed..

Fact: Your files could be destroyed, or the attackers could give you a second chance—with a higher ransom request. Sometimes, the attackers know you won't take the bait, so they'll cut you a deal in an attempt to take what they can get. For some perspective, you may want to know that only 3 percent of victims pay the ransom, according to a recent Symantec report.

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