As ransomware attacks have grown in number in recent months, the tactics and attack vectors also have evolved. While the primary method of attack used to be to target individual computer users within organizations, we’re increasingly seeing attacks that target weaknesses in businesses’ IT infrastructure.
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….
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….
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….
“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….
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….
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,….
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….