Beware of Ranscam Warns IT Support on Long Island
You turn on your computer, eager to put the finishing touches on a project for your most important client. But instead of your typical desktop, you get a message stating that your files have been encrypted and you won’t be able to access them until you pay a certain amount.
You try to open your files and confirm that you can’t access anything.
You recognize this threat as ransomware. You loathe such tactics but the amount requested is relatively small compared to what you’re going to earn from completing the project on time. So you’re not going to take the time to find a work-around. Instead, you go through the convoluted process of paying the ransom, which typically involves converting cash to bitcoin so the recipient is untraceable. Unfortunately, once you send the money, your files are deleted and you never hear from the perpetrators again.
You’ve just become the latest victim of ranscam, which follows all the ransomware conventions except for the part that restores your files in usable form. The only defense for this insidious malware is to restore a backup that doesn’t contain ranscam. If you haven’t done that, you’re out of luck.
Hopefully, ranscam is so new and not widespread enough that you have yet to experience its effects. You still have time to avoid or prepare for a potential attack.