How to Recover From Ransomware

By | November 16th, 2017

Here’s the scenario. You’re working on your computer and you notice that it seems slower. Or perhaps you can’t access document or media files that were previously available. You might be getting error messages from Windows telling you that a file is of an “Unknown file type” or “Windows can’t open this file.” If you’re….

Top Ten Ways to Protect Yourself Against Phishing Attacks

By | July 25th, 2017

It’s hard to miss the increasing frequency of phishing attacks in the news. Earlier this year, a major phishing attack targeted Google Docs users, and attempted to compromise at least one million Google Docs accounts. Experts say the “phish” was convincing and sophisticated, and even people who thought they would never be fooled by a….

Data Backup: Minimizing The Impact of Ransomware

By | June 1st, 2017

The old adage “Backing up your data is important to plan for, as hard drives inevitably fail.” is as true as ever, but equally true now is the need to backup your data to thwart the increasing frequency of ransomware attacks. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software that blocks access to your data, by….

Ransomware Visits Backblaze

By | March 11th, 2016

“Elli” from our accounting department was trying to go home. Traffic was starting to build and a 45-minute trip home would become a 90-minute trip shortly. Her Windows 10 PC chimed: she had an email. “Last one,” she uttered as she quickly opened the message. It appeared to be a voicemail file from a caller….

Locker: Cryptolocker Progeny Awakens

By | June 12th, 2015

At midnight on May 25th a dormant strain of ransomware awoke and began to wreak havoc on the systems and networks it had infected. The ransomware, known as Locker, was continuing in the footsteps of its ancestors, (Cryptolocker, CTB Locker, Cryptowall, and others) infecting systems, encrypting files, and then extorting money from people, businesses, and….

Today Show: Cryptolocker Continues To Hold Data Hostage

By | June 19th, 2014

Last October we wrote a blog post about a new piece of ransomeware called Cryptolocker. At the time it was a relatively new virus, and was not yet affecting as many people as it is now. As of March, Geek.com reports that Cryptolocker’s “… masterminds have raked in somewhere in the neigborhood of $30 million,….

Recent Malware Forcing Victims to Pay For Data Retrieval

By | October 18th, 2013

Lately, Backblaze has been seeing a few reports stating that a very specific type of ransomware, known as CryptoLocker, that takes control of a victim’s computer and holds it hostage until that victim pays to get it removed. It is known as ransomware because if Cryptolocker is not paid within a specific timeframe, it will….