Hard Drive Recovery Group’s (HDRG)’s recently published article focuses on bringing light to the unexpected resurgence of ransomware attacks in various industries.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (a.k.a. malware) which essentially blocks users from accessing their personal files or systems. This is done through encryption. The ransomware writer will only reverse the encryption if the user pays the ransom demanded by the writer—formerly sent through snail mail. Now, these ransoms are usually paid in the form of cryptocurrency or through credit card. Hard Drive Recovery Group further expounds on the subject in their blog post “Don’t Be Held Captive By Ransomware”.
“It’s not anything we aren’t too familiar with already,” said Davies. “Ransomware has been around since the late 80s, so we know what we’re dealing with. The thing is, data security is more important than ever. Businesses, especially utility companies, rely on their information databases to operate effectively. And, now that ransomware attacks are targeting industrial control systems (ICS), companies have to take extra measures to ensure that their networks and computers are safe from these threats.”
Ransomware first emerged in 1989. The “AIDS Trojan” was the first known malware extortion attack written by Dr. Joseph Popp. It demanded the user to pay $189 to “PC Cyborg Corp”. Unfortunately for Dr. Popp, his code contained a critical design flaw that made it easy enough to reverse if the user had the computer know-how.
Although it might seem to be the most obvious choice, choosing to pay the ransom isn’t exactly a smart thing to do. There is absolutely no guarantee that the hackers will return your sensitive data. But, if they do, the risk of data exploitation is still very possible. So, the smart thing to do would be to find people who have the expertise to help you recover your data.
Maureen Davies, speaking in place of HDRG, states, “Data loss is always a massive hassle. If you let your guard down, it can cost you millions. But there are ways to avoid it altogether.”
It’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to ensuring that your data is protected. Losing data is more expensive than protecting it. That’s why investing in a good anti-malware software to protect your networks and computers from a malware attack is a step in the right direction. This prevents the attack from ever happening and gives you a chance to recover.
Davies comments, “But data loss is still a major problem, especially in data-reliant industries such as the utility and finance industries. Unfortunately, not everyone is equipped with the necessary facilities and expertise to combat these threats. Some companies are a malware attack away from crumbling and having to start from scratch. This is precisely the reason why Hard Drive Recovery Group insists that you contact them for consultation. “
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from Hard Drive Recovery Group