the most security experts warn after the epidemic worldwide Ransomware attack to pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals for the decryption of the systems. After more than 200,000 PCs in over 150 countries are affected, the WannaCry backers of the victims require each 300 to 600 dollars if they want to get access to their locked-down computers.
an expert interviewed by the British guardian provides a practical and moral dilemma on the issue after entering on Ransomware Ford changes. In principle, the answer should no be because the payment will promote further criminal behavior. “For reasons of expediency and necessity, the situation is slightly more complex”, added Peter Coroneos, an expert for Cyberstrategien. He pointed to a study of the telecommunications company Telstra, after 60 percent of Australian organizations at least once in the last 12 months of Ransomware were affected – and 57 per cent of the victims paid the ransom demanded by the blackmailers.
However nearly one-third of the paying organisations had not promised access to their files also then. “You roll the dice actually, if you opt for the payment of a ransom, and your chances are not as good,” the authors of the study to the point brought it. BBC leads several experts that it hold in WannaCry infections particularly unlikely, that the payment resulted in a recovery of the data. “Sends Bitcoins which disappear forever somewhere who will pay this ransom, probably”, argues Professor Alan Woodward of the University of Surrey. “Futile.”
another valid argument is that paying companies even as “Soft targets” give to recognize also, and even the likelihood of another targeted attack increase. This new risk must be cause only then right to take precautions and to strengthen its own security.
police and safety authorities recommend even longer, not to respond to the demands of cybercriminals. Explicitly, for example, the Federal Office for security in information technology (BSI) advises issue paper in a to the Ransomware threat to provide appropriate, recourse in case of damage to the preparations and not to pay. Each payment will finance the development of the malicious software – and thus increasing the likelihood for the suspect to be infected again. There is also no guarantee that cybercriminals will actually allow the decryption after payment of the demanded ransom.
but even principled experts concede that victims can face a really difficult choice. It was about the case when it comes to the loss of irreparable family photos or important business documents. In any case, a ransom only “in the last instance” eligible was to draw.
that more ransom has supported initiative No. Europol and security firms are aiming, to reduce ransom payments to Internet criminals. On their website it recommends not only preventive measures, such as a sound backup strategy, but victims with crypto Sheriff offers an easy to use tool, with which can recover the data encrypted by ransomware certain families leave. “Unfortunately we have no decryption tools that work with all types of Ransomware,” it said. “Not yet.”