Regensburg, November 28, 2017 – IT security incidents caused by blackmail Trojans like WannaCry and NotPetya have increased dramatically. Organized criminal groups have significantly expanded the use of ransomware. This is also confirmed by official figures: according to experts at Interpol’s European Cybercrime Center, WannaCry affected around 200,000 organizations and individuals, including hospitals, logistics companies, and railways in Germany. The damage here is immense: With the help of ransomware attacks, cybercriminals earn hundreds of millions of dollars or their equivalent in Bitcoin every year.
DRACOON, the highly secure Enterprise File Sharing solution, keeps data in a secure cloud environment. The data is therefore unaffected by an encryption attack. However, should Ransomware encrypt local drives or network drives such as the DRACOON Desktop Client despite all precautions, trash versioning will ensure that not a single file is lost: the data is overwritten with the encrypted data – the unencrypted versions of the data are still located in the recycle bin and can be restored completely and without damage.
An example of the devastating effects of ransomware attacks is the malicious software Tesla-Crypt. It caused damage of 100,000 Euros in the Bavarian town of Dettelbach. At the time, the Trojan encrypted the data on the authorities’ PCs and released them only after the payment of the required ransom. The methods of cybercriminals are therefore becoming more professional and the economic damage increasingly greater.
Dr. Dieter Steiner, CEO of DRACOON, considers the situation extremely serious: “Ransomware is still an unsolved problem in Germany. Businesses have an urgent need to act proactively instead of paying ransoms. Ultimately, this will only help cybercriminals and will not stop the spread of new ransomware, it will even fuel it.”