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A third of Brits would cough up £300 to ransomware peddlers

More than four in 10 ransomware victims in the UK have paid to recover their documents, with 31 per cent of users willing to pay up to £400.

A poll of 500 found 44 per cent of all ransomware victims in the UK have paid to regain access to their data. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of respondents had correctly associated ransomware with a virus and 44 per cent had accurately identified ransomware as a type of threat that prevents or limits access to computer data.

Almost 34 per cent of respondents had identified the top three most common ransomware infection vectors as email messages that contain computer viruses, files that contain a virus, or visiting hacked website loaded with malicious code.