The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has advised computer users and businesses who are attacked by the Cryptolocker or Cryptowall infection to pay the ransom.
As crazy as this seems the FBI has given up fighting the bad guys and is recommending to just give in to the demands.
FBI Assistant Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta made this recommendation at the Cyber Security Summit 2015 in Boston recently.
He was quoted as saying “To be honest, we often advise people just to pay the ransom”. He actually admitted the FBI efforts to stop and protect the American public from this encryption attack has proved futile.
The FBI agent believes paying to get back your data has actually help by reducing the fees they charge for ransoming your own data.
Top level security experts claim paying to recover the files is actually less expensive than recreating the data files.
The FBI is basically stating it’s better to reward the bad guys for bad behavior.
This will only reinforce bad behavior.
The perpetrators of Cryptolocker and Cryptowall will become more empowered by the FBI’s recommendation.
Computrs Inc strongly suggests having secure backups done on a regular basis.
We also recommend having data stored in multiple places on separate systems.
Having data backed up on an external drive and in one of the many cloud based portals provides added protection against having to pay the Ransom to retrieve your own data.