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Hackers Breaking New Ground With Ransomware
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Whoopty,
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3/16/2015 | 6:57:34 AM
Worry
Ransomware is just about the only piece of malware that worries me. The rest of it, at worst, I need to format my system and although there is the potential to lose some data or important information, chances are it can be recovered or the problems mitigated. When it comes to randomsware though, chances are your files are gone for good, as there is no guarantee that whoever you pay will unlock them for you, even if you do pay.

I have a pretty good system for back ups, but I would be mortified if I lose all of my personal pictures and memories. 
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3/16/2015 | 8:29:35 PM
Re: Worry
Ransomware is bad for sure.  Offline backups are the last line of defense:  put important files on CDs, flash or external drive, and unplug the device when not in use.

I have been trying to find out ways to prevent this.  There is scant and conflicting evidence on a couple of sites.  One site says it does not self-propogate between systems over the internet.  It needs another program to send it, like a Trojan.  I was also reading the infection rate is low so far. 

Defense against ransomware in general:

1. Don't click on links in emails unless you expect that particular email, such as a confirmation to create an account.

2. Backup important data.

Another defense against most ransomware is antivirus software.  However, as stated in this article, this particular one evades antivirus by changing itself every time it's copied, making it harder to detect.


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