ransomware virus on Linux

Garance A Drosehn drosih at rpi.edu
Fri Nov 20 15:57:48 UTC 2015

On 19 Nov 2015, Charles Swiger wrote:

> On Nov 19, 2015, at 4:21 PM, RW via freebsd-questions 
> <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org> wrote:
>> What worries me is that the next version might target Linux 
>> workstations
>> where there's a lot of very complex software running as the owner of
>> the user data.
> Ransomware which encrypts your stuff isn't a major problem if you have 
> a current backup.
> So, verify that your backups work.

Which really means:  Verify that your *restores* work!  :)

(Certainly I've seen cases where someone was running backups
regularly & automatically, and everything looked fine.  But when
they finally needed to restore something, they found out that those
backups were not really working, or were working but not backing up
as much as the user thought they were backing up)

Garance Alistair Drosehn                =     drosih at rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer               or   gad at FreeBSD.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;             Troy, NY;  USA

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