“More than half Dutch have never heard of ransomware ‘




The organization behind the campaign Alert Online writes that more than half of the Dutch population has never heard of ransomware. Compared to this number fell last year from 65 percent to 53 percent, according to a survey.

The increase in the number of people who are aware of ransomware is due to the fact that more people from becoming victims, so writes the organization. Therefore, the alert launched online campaign on Monday passed under the leadership of Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff. This is to ensure that the so-called “cyber skills’ of the population be encouraged. This would be necessary because, for example, but 52 percent of the Dutch use automatic updates and regular backups. These are measures that can reduce the impact of ransomware. This form of malware encrypts files on an infected system and then asks for a ransom in exchange for decryption.

From the research titled ‘Cyber Security awareness and skills in the Netherlands “also shows that Dutch likely they estimate victim to malware too low. Other findings are that the prominence of the term “data leak” has increased compared to last year. This term is twenty percent of the general public and ten percent of the working population is unknown. It also appears that password managers are rarely used, while 41 percent of the Dutch say they know this one. About 50 percent of the population gives to memorize passwords themselves. The study was conducted by TNS Nipo 2674 Dutch, who were divided into the groups ‘general public’ and ‘active population’.

The annual Alert Online campaign will last until October 14th. Several organizations hold activities in the framework of the campaign, which is a measure of ECP commissioned by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Example, there is a “test” developed, which enables users to see how alert they are online.


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