Tag: Ransomware

What is the best way to prepare for a ransomware attack?

Q: What is the best way to prepare for a ransomware attack? Are all your drives vulnerable? What about my OneDrive? What about other computers on my LAN at home?

For now, I have manually backed up all my critical data to a WD My Book USB drive. I then went into the Device manager and disabled it. I plan to do this about once a month. Do you have any other suggestions?

— Richard Hawes, Bothell

A: Timely questions!

First the bad news. Once a computer is infected with ransomware all drives to which it is connected —

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We had no ransomware plan in place

Colonial Pipeline had no specific plan for what to do in the event of a ransomware attack, its CEO said Tuesday.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, CEO Joseph Blount admitted that while his company had some basic cybersecurity plans in place, it had had “no discussion about ransom” before the attack.

His comments come as U.S. institutions and companies are scrambling to guard against a rash of ransomware attacks that have hit everything from schools and hospitals to cities and major industrial players such as Colonial and meat supplier JBS.

Blount’s statements drew the ire

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Protect Yourself Against Cyber Hacks and Ransomware

It’s not just pipeline companies, meat processing plants and ferry services that are targets of hackers, ransomware attacks and those looking to get information valuable to them.

The head of a Portsmouth, NH company that’s been on the front lines of cybersecurity for nearly 20 years says there is more to it than that.

Tim Golden, CTO of VITAL Tech Services, said the lack of email protocols led a small veterinary lab to lose $20,000 when an employee followed the instructions in an email that appeared to be from the owner to buy Amazon gift cards.

“No questions along the

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