Rise in ransomware attacks mistakenly causing data destruction

Ionut Ilascu reports:

More and more ransomware victims are resisting the extortionists and refuse to pay when they can recover from backups, despite hackers’ threats to leak the data stolen before encryption.

This stance resulted in Q4 of 2020 seeing a significant decline in the average ransom payments compared to the previous quarter, says ransomware remediation firm Coveware.

But a more insidious phenomenon is prefiguring, where data is destroyed in the attack leaving companies no option to recover it, even if they pay the ransom.

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