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July 2017, Vol. 16, No. 5

Wanna laugh? Data protection techniques give ransomware the boot

You have to feel badly for all the organizations that were victimized in May by the WannaCry gang and watched helplessly as their lifeblood data got stitched up into an unrecognizable and unreadable form. Given the circumstances and how dire the effects might be on some companies, it's pretty easy to resist saying "I told you so" to the storage jockeys caught with their defenses down. Hopefully, those outfits that bit the bullet and bitcoined their way out of encryption hell are back in business and wiser for the experience. But if this ransomware episode plays out like previous attacks, a lot of companies will pay up and still not get their data back. As the old saying goes, there's no honor among thieves. Defending against this type of security breach is a lot different from defending against other insidious attacks. What makes ransomware different is that it's all about storage. The bad app locks up your storage, and you either unravel the rogue code's encryption or start learning about blockchain technology and shipping ...

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