Recent research shows that users who are faced with ransomware attacks do not have enough equipment to recover their data on their own. According to the 2021 Ransomware Status Survey and Report research, 83% of users who have been attacked by ransomware are looking for ways to get their data back by paying the ransom to the attackers. Noting that 90% of the participants, who stated that they had no choice but to pay the ransom, allocate a special budget for ransomware attacks, Komtera Technology Sales Director Gürsel Tursun shares in 4 steps why users should not be paid for ransomware attacks that cause concern.
Ransomware attacks, which are becoming more and more common today, continue to be one of the important security problems. Ransomware attacks encrypt all files on infected systems, preventing user access. Attackers usually leave a note inside the computer with the ransomware virus they have developed and demand a ransom so that users can regain access to their files. According to a global ransomware study conducted in 2021, 83% of users who are attacked by ransomware are looking for alternative ways to get their data back by paying the ransom to the attackers. Underlining that especially users agree to pay the ransom because they think it is an easy way to obtain the data, Tursun underlines that paying against ransomware attacks is not a definitive and legal solution to recover data.
Is Paying the Ransom the Only Solution?
Ransomware attackers, who want to seize personal data and make big profits, prevent users from accessing their data by hijacking and encrypting them. There are various security tools that can recover files encrypted by ransomware, but attackers are constantly improving their applications and password cracking tools do not work after a while. Research data shows that most ransomware victims choose to pay the ransom either because they don’t have proper data backups or because they see it as a cheaper and less risky option than not paying. The important thing for users is to get rid of the ransomware attack and get the data back as soon as possible. According to Komtera Technology Sales Director Gürsel Tursun, payment is not the only solution, and users have 4 important reasons not to pay for ransomware attacks.
1. There is no guarantee that you will be able to access the data after the ransom payment.
Most ransomware victims assume that they can regain access to their data and systems if they pay the attacker the amount of ransom demanded. There are numerous examples of attacks where users pay a ransom only to discover that the decryption key is not working or that the data is already unusable. Ransomware attackers do not always deliver the data completely to the user.
2. The ransom payment only encourages more attacks.
Users accept the ransom demand to survive an attack or because there is no onsite data backup and only pay to avoid operational disruptions, encrypted data and effort to unlock systems. Whatever the reason, it’s not a good idea to pay an attacker because it only helps him raise funds to launch more attacks.
3. Ransom payments support more advanced attacks.
The ransomware tools most threat actors use haven’t changed much over the years, but some have started using very sophisticated and malicious software in their extortion campaigns. Thanks to payments from ransomware victims, attackers can complicate their attacks by improving their software.
4. Attackers can still leak or sell your stolen data.
Ransomware attacks have become relatively common in recent years. Accepting and making payments in ransom attacks does not completely protect users from danger. Attackers always have the power to back up or recapture data, leak it.