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How to Deal with Ransomed Files (WannaCry)

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized - 0 comments - 0

That sinking stomach feeling when you see your computer has been hacked and your files (precious memories – first baby pictures, unpublished novels, or simply an entire day’s work) are “lost” unless you pay a ransom. While we layout many preventative activities, there are but a few courses of action after the fact. Here are some options to consider:

  • nomoreransom.org, a site backed by security firms and cybersecurity organizations in 22 countries
  • Pay the man, unfortunately in the end … you may just need to spend $300-$600 per computer to unlock the files
    • prior to paying, be sure others who have paid received the unlock codes. Also as some of these ransomware events happen security professionals can take it over, and then issue a free unlock.

This specifically deals with the WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers (unpatched and out of date Microsoft systems, in May of 2017) is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and blocks access to data until a ransom is paid, displaying a message demanding payment to unlock it at the risk of losing all files.

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