Extortion via encryption

A trojan horse is running around, encrypting folks’ data, and demanding cash for its safe unravelling. Sophos has already found the password, but I wouldn’t have been worried anyway. Why?

Because I back my stuff up. And you should too. Whether it is a sneaky virus trying to empty your pockets, or a hard drive head slamming down on a platter, it makes no difference. Your data is now toast.

I run a little script, twice a week, that copies my active folders to a Firewire drive. It grabs my email folders at the same time. Click once, then go to lunch.

Too much of a pain you say? Well, my drive cost $200 (and has legs), and the extortionists in Russia are charging $300 (a one time hit). Gigabytes are cheap. Get some!