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New Ranscam Ransomware Lowers The Bar But Raises The Stakes
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Faye___Kane
Faye___Kane,
User Rank: Strategist
7/30/2016 | 6:39:16 PM
Re: Ranscams and Ransomware can go down together
 

You'd think that every business would already back up it's stuff, but nooo.

One summer, I babysat the 12 users at a small company when I discovered, to my horror, that the server had never been backed up in seven years(!)

I repeatedly begged the owner, who wore a gold slab around his neck, to buy a $100 tape drive, but he wouldn't spend the money. I finally shut up about it when he got mad at my asking.

When the sys crashed the next month, I drove home depressed. "What would an IT manager at a real company have done to prevent this?  Asked again? Paid for it himself?

The next day, I was fired because I predicted it, and everyone assumed I sabotaged the server to prove my point.

Worse, I'm sure I could have recovered the data if he had let me get near it.

THESE are the people we try so hard to protect.

 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
7/12/2016 | 11:29:16 AM
Re: Ranscams and Ransomware can go down together
That would be nice, wouldn't it? But the seasoned ransomware attackers aren't going anywhere until orgs of all sizes do a better job at backups so they don't have to pay, and do a better job of user awareness training.
AndrewfOP
AndrewfOP,
User Rank: Moderator
7/12/2016 | 11:21:18 AM
Ranscams and Ransomware can go down together
"..the good news with Ranscam is that it isn't likely to have a long lifespan as a threat..."

 Quite frankly, I would prefer Ransams can stick around long enough to drag Ransomwares down with it.  If Ransams, purported to be 'reputed' Ransomware, receive the ransoms, but fail to deliver the goods anyway, 'customers' would be wised to the idea that paying ransoms are no guarantees of getting the files back.  Only good backups and no ransoms are the best strategy against Ranscams and Ransomwares.  We can then be rid of the Ransomware pandemics.

 


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