Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Quick, When Did You Last Do a Full Back-Up?

If you're not backing up data regularly, you do not care about it. That's what I tell my business users. So I'm sharing that idea with y'all. Computers get stolen. Hard drives fail. And then there's this new malware.
Rombertik goes through several checks once it is up and running on a Windows computer to see if it has been detected. That behavior is not unusual for some types of malware, but Rombertik “is unique in that it actively attempts to destroy the computer if it detects certain attributes associated with malware analysis...effectively destroys all of the files in a user’s home folder by encrypting each with a random RC4 key.

6 comments:

genericviews said...

i don't back up. I think that most things work better if your hard drive gets erased every couple of years and you lose everything. There is no other way to get rid of terrabytes of useless data like emails and pictures of other people's grandchildren. There are even laws forcing you to keep everything in your business. Then... OOPS... no more worries.

Data should have a point, a purpose and it's storage value should exceed its storage cost. When it doesn't, we sould be able to delete it with a clear conscience and no regret. Since we can't, we NEED malware to do it for us. Utherwise we will become burried under tons of archived and useless data.

Michael said...

self expiring data it what we need. You only need to keep financial records for 7 to 10 years right?

when you save a file it not only has a place to be, it has a data type associated with it that determines its expiration date.

we have lots of utilities on the mainframe os to handle migration and expiration of data, but I have not anything like that for pc ....

burt said...

NAS. Use one. Make sure it's not running on a Windows-based system. Don't assign it a drive letter. Require login credentials to use it every time you want to use it.

thesouthtexaspistolero said...

genericviews, that's some top-shelf satire there.

ProudHillbilly said...

Was always amazed that my agency, while having full access to our computors while we worked, never backed them up. Some of us occassionally remembered to back up to an external hard drive, but there was no agency back-up for anything but the big servers.

ProudHillbilly said...

Was always amazed that my agency, while having full access to our computors while we worked, never backed them up. Some of us occassionally remembered to back up to an external hard drive, but there was no agency back-up for anything but the big servers.