Hostage Data

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Ransomware continues to surprise me in different ways. Recently there was an incident where data was not only encrypted, but also copied back to the criminals. In this case, Apple was the target through a supplier with the ransom note saying that without a payment, the data would be auctioned off.

That's crazy. Not only might you have business issues where you can't access data, but now you have the stress of the data possibly being released or sold. While not many of us work in organizations where our data would be worth $50mm, it might be worth a significant amount, especially if the data were customer data. This alone might be a good reason to ensure that you have local data already encrypted without the keys present. At least then the criminals couldn't read your data.

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