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3 ways Ransomware attack Backup in traditional backup technology

In light of the continuous ransomware attacks, enterprises are moving back to the 1950s traditional technology, as a way to defend against them. According to a survey, enterprises are now keeping their mission critical data in tape storage devices to make sure they have a way to recover their data. Using tape storage, instead of developing a reliable backup and disaster recovery plan can backfire for the enterprise.

3 ways Ransomware attacks Backups

Ransomware works by locking data and asking for a payment in return for a key that will unlock the encryption. Hackers are well aware that companies do backup this data in order to prevent them from forcing the companies to pay the ransom. This gives the hackers a lot more reason to ensure that the ransomware not just locks the data but specifically targets backup as well. Here are three ways ransomware attacks backup data.

  1.   Locking backups using the network

Many backup procedures use a network to copy backup files to backup appliances. It’s a normal practice to use default/original directories of the backup software being used. Hackers have figured out this pattern and they program their ransomware accordingly. Ransomware are capable of infiltrating the network and not just lock the original files but also the backup files. This makes the entire process of backing up futile.

  1. Hacking Backup Software

Most enterprises use convenient backup software APIs (Application Programming Interface) to do their backup. These software backup the data into tape storage or an on-premise backup infrastructure. There are certain ransomware that are capable of hacking into these software and in turn infect the backup files. This makes the tool meant to protect against ransomware, the very tool that facilitates it.

  1. Time delayed Ransomware

This type of ransomware can be categorized as one of the most dangerous because it resembles machine learning. Once it infiltrates the data, it remains hidden while tracking data activity. It evolves and matures, tracking network and backup patterns. After the certain amount of time, it locks the files, infects all backup procedures and then demands a ransom.

Recent studies suggest that in fear of ransomware attacks, enterprises are moving to tape storage devices. It is true that physically there’s little danger to those devices but it is evident that ransomware is perfectly capable of infecting the backup taken in tape storage devices. Therefore, it’s not a smart decision to revert back to traditional storage means. Instead, enterprises should aggressively make the move to enterprise cloud storage solutions. These solutions can efficiently backup your data, ensure that it is protected and out of reach of these ransomware and is always available and recoverable. 

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