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When something like this hits the news, you know it is either big... or going to be big. In the case of ransomware, it will be both.
Basically the virus like software grabs your system & installs itself on your hard drive. This allows the program to run in the background & it encrypts your hard drive. When you reboot, come back from a screen saver, etc, the system tells you it has been locked. However it also gives you instructions on how to get your data back. Normally this involves going to a nefarious website and inputting your credit card number (how safe do you think that is?). Supposedly then the hackers will give you a password that will un-encrypt your system.
The thing is, if it is getting on ABC News, you it is out there and it is only going to get worse. This is a crime that is growing exponentially. It will be even worse if you are a business.
If you are a dental office, check out DDS Rescue (a service that I use and recommend) to help by providing hourly backups of your system.
A few months ago, I was beta testing a Personal Cloud Backup System that had a security flaw (hey, that's why you beta test). The system was online about 96 hours before it was ransomeware hacked. It wasn't something I did... the hackers broke into the system over the Internet and installed the software themselves.
If you want to know more about this subject, checkout a quick search I did on Google.
And if you want to find out how to help prevent it, take a look at DDSRescue.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Posted by John Flucke at 06:00