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Tim Whited Jun 28 • Cobalt Iron / Announcements
On June 22 at 06:44 a malicious email flood hit Office365 users and the good news is that within 5 hours was being actively blocked.
The bad news is that with the speed of the Internet of things, in that 5 hours millions of users had received that email.
The payload (often in the guise of a ZIP file)? Zero day RansomWare. The kind that finds all of your documents, encrypts them with a private key and then demands a ransom be paid to decrypt the files you (used to) own. They are known to traverse network shares. Few AV programs are able to handle these at this writing.
The current going rate is between $300 - $1,600 (often payable only in BitCoin to be untraceable) per key and the success rate is not very good. Recently a Los Angeles hospital was hit and the ransom was $3.6M, leaving the hospital crippled in its attempts to service their patients.
Be diligent, be patient and keep track of your backups. The OS is usually the least of your concerns, as they need your system operational to tell you they got you. Using the Backup/Archive Client on VM's in addition to Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments can greatly assist in individual file restores.
Be safe out there!
Tim Whited Jun 14 • Cobalt Iron / Announcements
Systems have life cycles. Hardware and OS'es age and go out of support, we all know this to be true.
But how can Cobalt Iron help?
The goal is to protect data, and that we can help with and here's how:
What the Cobalt Iron Guard team will do is ask you for an expected decommission date - say 90 days later. We will then modify the meta data on the Accelerator so that all of the old data is marked as such and all new backups will be stored as expected. That will keep your "old" data separate from your "new" data in the event you need to restore something that was forgotten.
Then when the expected expiration date is reached they will ask you if the "old" data can be purged from the Accelerator.