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What is Ramsomware?

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Ransomware is malware designed to render your files inaccessible and demanding a ransom typically in Bitcoins for the release of your data. Even if the ransom is paid the victim has no guarantee they will regain access to their files. Companies that suffer such a data loss disaster are unlikely to recover.

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Ransomware outbreaks have been fast spreading, damaging and difficult to control. Cryptolocker famously hit and closed many health facilities and was both crippling to services and very expensive to deal with. Possibly more dangerous was the more recent Petya/NotPetya outbreak. Dubbed NotPetya it superficially masquerades as Petya, a previous form of Ransomware, it was highly effective at infecting across entire networks and encrypting files as it went. The malware then presents the screen shown here above ostensibly demanding $300 in Bitcoins. Where Petya was designed to make money NotPetya has no mechanism for collecting cash or generating decryption keys. 

Motives behind NotPetya are opaque but the results are clear; both it and all Ransomware is designed to cause damage and spread chaos as infection is a data loss catastrophe. 

Whilst you should take every precaution to prevent infection, the most productive approach to take is to accept Ransomware infection as inevitable and treat it as a catastrophic data loss event. Preparation is key and Wizards Ransomware File Triage System is designed to deliver Cyber Resilience by preparing for infection giving you a defined, clear, tested and rehearsed recovery pathway delivering as close to zero downtime as is possible.

  • Ransomware infection needs to be treated as another type of data loss event.
  • However good your security and in-house practices, Ransomware infection needs to be regarded as inevitable with remediation routines established and practiced.
  • 'There are only two types of organizations: those that know that they've been hacked and those that don't yet know' Crowdstrike's Dmitri Alperovitch.

Please click here for our Ransomware infographic/data sheet.

To understand more about how Wizards can help you deal with Ransomware contact us on 0333 241 7707 or use

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