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Is Ransomware Still Spreading?

By:Christine Fettinger

Ransomware is a type of malware that takes your information hostage, and there are many variations of ransomware.


Today, we’re discussing CryptoLocker, which literally takes your personal data hostage. CryptoLocker encrypts a massive amount of data that is extremely difficult to decrypt. The ransom fee on average is 300 USD to release your personal files.

Ransomware is nothing new, in fact, the first ransomware started in 2005. It’s been awhile since we wrote about it – but it’s still one of the most troublesome malware categories we have to face. Check out a recent case study (here) from our client, regarding what we’ve managed to do to help them avoid the negative impact of ransomware.

Within the case study you might note that this particular client has a bulletproof disaster recovery plan that came in handy during the CryptoLocker attack.

A user should never pay for the ransom as it is a dangerous option. By paying, you’re basically funding money towards cybercriminals. Paying the ransom does not guarantee safe retrieval of your files. Submitting your credentials is also a problem and it certainly does not guarantee malware removal from your system – and let us not forget the chance of a reoccurring attack.

The greatest piece of advice we can give out is to backup your information. Filtering inbound or outbound traffic, and installing a reputable anti-virus will also help, such as our vendor, ESET. As well, it is best practice to install the latest patches for everything. This can be firewall, anti-virus, OS, apps, and your other devices.

Do not be afraid to ask for help or even embarrassed, because it does happen. If your organization does not have a backup disaster recovery (BDR) routine setup, we recommend a quick call with one of our Senior BDR consultants at {contact}.