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‘If you’re hit, there’s only so much you can do to recover data’

‘If you’re hit, there’s only so much you can do to recover data’ (Expert Blogs and Opinion)

“Attacks aren’t only directed at large enterprises,” says Simon Whittaker, co-founder of Vertical Structure. “Oftentimes the hackers are only asking for a few thousand dollars in ransom, illustrating that they aren’t making a huge amount of money overall on these attacks, but the havoc, as well as monetary costs from cleaning up after an attack, can be devastating for a small company.” Criminals will attack any open environment and there have been recent examples of attackers compromising virtualised servers, Whittaker says. “These ransomware infections can compromise a host/parent server, but this may compromise any child servers, too – in which case backups may also be lost,” says Whittaker. “Sometimes companies only keep a backup for one day – and by the time the malware is discovered, the backup will already be written over with encrypted data, rendering it useless.” “If you’re hit, there is only so much anyone (including law enforcement) can do to help recover data from a ransomware attack.

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