Lose access to your files after a ransomware attack? There are plenty of reasons why security experts say you shouldn’t pay the ransom to get them back.
A particularly compelling one that high-profile victims have learned lately: decryption can be so painfully slow that it doesn’t offer a practical path to recovery.
As reported by Bleeping Computer, recent victims of two ransomware attacks learned that lesson the hard way.
One of those was the headline-grabbing hack that shut down Colonial Pipeline earlier this month. Colonial received a decryptor after agreeing to pay a $4.4 million ransom, hoping that it would provide a shortcut to returning operations to normal. When the company fired it up to restore its compromised data, it came to an unsettling realization.