Another day, another ransomware victim.
The latest high profile ransomware attack on NASCAR team shows what ransomware is capable for. You cannot avoid it but you can definitely prevent it by protecting yourself fully.
Ransomware knows where to attack
The one thing with ransomware is that it knows where to attack. Just days before it was planned to put Michael McDowell in Chevy No. 95 at the Speedway, something fishy was going on with one of their critical test computers.
Crew chief Dave Winston figured out that something was going on wrong since, as he stated, suddenly random files started to pop up all the time. He said:
“I started seeing random files and said ‘What is this?’ I clicked on one… and I don’t remember if it came up with an actual picture of something, but what it looked like was a screen shot … of a logo or an email or something like it.
I kept working and didn’t think anything of it. But as I went on through the day I saw more and more… I deleted a couple of them and just kept on going.” - source.
And then they hit…
Later on, once he tried to open any other file he couldn't. Everything was blocked and encrypted. Imagine that scenario. All their critical data was locked down: chassis information, wind tunnel spreadsheets, simulations, track data, test facility data, personnel information, car part lists.
Either protect yourself or proceed to the nearest ATM and pay up
Being under a huge pressure and because of the importance of the data, the team made the payment. After few hours they got the data back. Can we call it a happy ending?!
Crew chief Dave Winston said later:
"We couldn’t go one day without it greatly impacting the team’s future success. This was a completely foreign experience for all of us, and we had no idea what to do… if we didn’t get the files back, we would lose years’ worth of work, millions of dollars." - source.
At the end it is your choice
I mean either you will end up like NASCAR team and have a nervous breakdown or you will chose FREE protection and save yourself and your business of a possible ransomware attack.
At the end it is your choice.. Either FREE protection or pay up to attackers.