According to a recent press release, “Asigra Inc., a leading cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider since 1986 today announced its latest release v14 “Cloud Backup Evolved” to address the growing challenges of modern data protection. The company’s newest generation of software converges data protection and cyber security to counter rapidly growing malware threats, including ransomware Attack-Loops™, which target backup data to prevent successful recoveries to force a ransom payment. The impact of ransomware on corporate data can be extremely disruptive and can impact organizations both operationally and financially. According to the findings in a report by Symantec, hackers stole $172 billion from people in 2017. The leading technique used to extort money was malware – including attacks by ransomware and cryptojacking.”
The release goes on, “While proper employee training and preventative IT security measures are necessary to securing the corporate network, the last line of defense is the protection of recovery data from what is now termed ransomware Attack-Loops. An Attack-Loop occurs when hackers insert executable code within the organization’s backup data. When an attack occurs, both primary and secondary data are impacted, preventing the possibility of a clean recovery. To hide the code in the backup set, hackers insert the malware into data objects and other techniques which are backed up and stored in the company’s secondary storage repository. After a time-delayed detonation, the company restores a pre-attack generation of data only to realize that the recovery data re-inserts the ransomware in to the network, recreating the ransomware for a perpetual loop of attacks.”
Read more at PR.com.
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