Originally Posted by rowcon123
You guys have heard of this too. Scary right ?
Definitely. The sad thing is that it's really quite easy to do this kind of thing, and blocking users' access to all their data is certainly a payment incentive!
What's worse still is that since Cryptolocker has been so
successful (8 figure earnings to-date), there are already copy-cats samples appearing and gaining traction too. Tied together with an anonymous currency like bitcoin it really does make a good pairing.
Backups are, and always have been, a good idea which no-one really bothered with. Maybe they'll start now perhaps since the price of a NAS drive is less than half a typical ransom payment and online backup services such as Carbonite are even less than that!