Ransomware hits admin workstation and kills 7 servers.–PC Pitstop
Ransomware Horror Story
By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training
I wanted to share a horror story with you, something that happened to somebody the day before yesterday. This is what happened in their own words:
“We are a 250 employee non-profit and we heavily rely on our computer systems in almost everything we do. Yesterday, one of our admin workstations was hit with CryptoWall Version 2.0, and because this workstation had drives mapped to all our servers, and the administrator had permissions, all our seven servers were encrypted and we were dead in the water.
CryptoWall took just 55 minutes to encrypt 75 Gigs of information, and it had penetrated most of our network before we found out what was happening, isolate the workstation and get it disconnected from the network. We had backups of the seven servers but it would take days to restore those, so we opted to find out if we could decrypt the files first.