Ransomware criminals now setting their sights on data backups
By: Theo Hourmouzis
Published: August 5, 2019
* Ransomware gained widespread attention in 2017 when criminals used the WannaCry variant to infect more than 200,000 computers across some 150 countries. The impact on victims was disastrous.
* Rather than being content to infest and disable production environments, actors have shifted their sights to data backups. The logic is that most established businesses will have a data backup strategy in place and, if the criminals can also lockup these backups, the chances that a ransom will have to be paid is significantly higher.