The criminal act of locking a computer remotely with the use of software programs created to release only when a payment has been made – ransomware, has become a big threat to the free use of computers around the world. Recently, a hospital in Toronto has brought the world together in efforts to put an end to the attacks. A hospital in Los Angeles, USA was hit by the same breed of attacks and only regained access to their systems after paying an $18 500 ransom. After such attacks, data recovery, Toronto and US based centers would be critical to regaining the productive levels previously worked at.
This attack and others in Canada have drawn the last proverbial straw and triggered the USA and Canada to join forces in what could be seen as an odd battle against an enemy so far unknown from where they are acting. This joining of forces is also in response to predicted trends by cyber security companies, tipping that the attacks are yet to increase in complexity and occurrence. Something unsettling if you are a big company, the target , including large government organizations that have system critical operations. Consider the disorder at a hospital if they cannot access medical records for admitted clients.
The shocking discovery revealed by the security experts watching the attacks is that a lot of the potential targets have yet to place the security features required to stay safe from ransomware. Among the stricken targets so far, are; police departments, state hospitals, business organizations, government agencies and lately even individuals. A single visit to a website capable of loading the malicious software onto your computer network is sufficient for your infrastructure to be locked off until you pay the asked amount required by the attackers. Data loss is among the after effects of the attacks. It is then vital for data recovery Toronto experts to bring back logs so that forensic work can be done and possibly catching the culprits launching the attacks.
While use is blocked till one pays, the two governments working against the attacks have been discouraging all victims from obliging to the requested money payments. The reason being that no guarantee is ever given to the victim that the payment will end in the data being unlocked, instead it just gives the attackers more information to rip money from the victim.
In the past months, the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital had to part with $17,000 in order to get access to their systems after being attacked. Another hospital, Henderson, had to publicly declare a state of internal emergency after their networks were crippled by the same strand of attacks demanding around the same amount of money at each hit.
The range of attacks seen so far just bring more fears into the possibilities of more attacks in the near future. Hopefully, more possible victims will adopt security features to protect themselves.