Ransomware criminals now setting their sights on data backups

Ransomware criminals now setting their sights on data backups

Posted August 5, 2019

Ransomware criminals now setting their sights on data backups

Source: CSO
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.