Ransom Scam Moves To Webmail; Highlights Risk Of Giving Others Your Data
from the your-money...-or-an-empty-inbox dept
Stories of malicious hackers attacking people with ransomware are pretty common. Basically, they get you to download an app that gives them control of your hard drive and they either lock up your content or threaten to delete it unless you pay. However, it seems that the latest round of attacks is even easier. Rather than getting access to your computer, they're just getting access to your webmail, deleting all of the messages other than the one demanding ransom, and waiting for you to login. Considering just how much some people rely on email, and their willingness to trust all that email to a single webmail hosted solution, this could present a pretty serious problem for many people. What's particularly interesting here is that one of the benefits discussed when it comes to webmail or other web-hosted apps is the fact that the content is available from anyone on any machine. However, that same accessibility can work against it as well, because others can more easily access it as well. And, even though it's accessible anywhere at any time, it may mean that users are even less likely to back it up and have alternate sources to get or use their email system. While some are already working on such solutions, it seems like it's only going to become more valuable to have ways to backup and secure the data that you've trusted to various online service providers so that if their security (or business!) fails, you still have access to your data.