Why you should never pay the ransom

Back in 2017, the WannaCry worm took the world by storm causing financial damage and all but halting services such as those use by the NHS in the UK. This malware reportedly infected tens of thousands of computers in approximately 150 countries. The basic premise of the worm was to, a) encrypt the user’s important files (rendering them essentially inaccessible – they may as well have been deleted), and b) spread itself to as many other computers as possible.

After being infected, the user would be presented with a pop-up similar to this image:

WannaCry Screenshot
By Unknown criminal - https://cdn.securelist.com/files/2017/05/wannacry_05.pngDownloaded from :https://securelist.com/blog/incidents/78351/wannacry-ransomware-used-in-widespread-attacks-all-over-the-world/, Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54032765

This type of malware is called ransomware, and as can be seen in the image, a timer is also displayed, threatening that the files will be “lost” if the timer reaches zero. Do. Not. Ever. Pay. Why not, you ask? Because the most likely scenario is that you pay the ransom and you never see your files again. Which is what likely happened to the majority of people. The type of people who are willing to extort people of money, logically are also not likely to be honourable. But I’ll lose all my data? Okay, well if you pay the ransom, then you will lose all your data and your wallet will be substantially lighter. What are my options? Read on my friend…

Because this particular attack is going on two years old now then you have either likely lost all your data, lost all your data and given the crooks money, or you have only lost some of your data and not given them any money. How? By having backups! If you don’t have any backups, especially in this day and age you are doing yourself a disservice.

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