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'Shock & Awe' Ransomware Attacks Multiply
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Crypt0L0cker
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2/16/2017 | 11:28:57 AM
Re: Spora Ransomware
New ransomware samples become more and more sophisticated. Take a look at Spora - highly professional software, probably with big budget and very skilled developers.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/17/2017 | 6:36:34 PM
Reinfection
> Reinfection is also becoming a trend, where attackers who have successfully forced a victim to pay up to get their data back later target the same victim multiple times. "Traditional blackmailers know if someone pays once, they are probably going to pay again," he says. 

This is precisely why game theory dictates never paying blackmail.  The blackmailer always retains the leverage -- unless you take that leverage away from the blackmailer by disavowing its proprietariness and minimizing it.

In this case, if you have secure backups of your data, the loss is minimal.  But even if you get caught with your metaphorical pants down, the option of simply accepting the disappearance of your data should at least be considered. 

Moreover, if you pay the ransom and then STILL don't backup your key data, well... Charles Darwin would probably have something to say about that.


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