Backblaze protects your customers from ransomware and any kind of virus because we keep backup versions dating back 30 days.
The first known ransomware attack was in 1989 using the AIDS Trojan/PC Borg malware. An infected computer would display a message to the user that one of their programs had expired and they needed to pay $189 to have it restored. The creator was eventually caught and the ransomware genre went underground for several years, though it reappeared briefly in 2005 and 2006. It wasn’t until 2013 with the introduction of Cryptolocker and its subsequent variants and copycats, that ransomware became widely known.
During the first half of this year, the number of incidents of ransomware has steadily increased. As long as ransomware continues to generate cash for its purveyors, you can expect even more virulent strains of Cryptolocker and its variants to rear their ugly heads.
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