Lost forever – 61% of users could not fully restore data damaged by malware

04 Sep 2013
Press Releases, Virus News

When malware strikes, the impact on data can be disastrous. And to make matters worse, there’s no guarantee of getting that valuable information back. Only 39% were able to retrieve all the data they lost in a malware attack, according to a summer 2013 survey by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab. 61% lost at least some of their information forever.

One attack in five successfully steals or corrupts confidential data. For 17% of victims, that data was irretrievably lost; 44% could only restore part of their lost information. And ultimately it’s the data that matters to us: the survey showed that 56% value their information more highly than the computer which stores it. Users are willing to pay for data recovery, with one in ten hiring outside experts to try to claw back the missing bytes.

However data recovery is often too late: not all data can be restored. For example, a third party specialist can do nothing if the user’s computer is infected by a so called file encryptor, a malicious program which encrypts the user’s files. To decrypt these files, a unique key is required. The only way of getting that key is to deal with the criminals, who usually demand a ransom. One of the most dangerous samples of this type of malware is Seftad. A successful Seftad attack can encrypt not only the user’s photos and video but also the master boot record (MBR). It completely blocks access to the computer, and can irretrievably destroy all programs on the hard disc.

Is there any way to avoid the losing important information to malicious attacks? Of course there are many, including the extreme measure of refusing to store valuable data on digital devices. But only two are really viable – regular back-ups and a reliable protection solution.

Protecting your digital assets

Kaspersky Lab develops security solutions to answer specific features of cyber-threats. This is the only way to create reliable protection technologies. For example, we know that Windows is the desktop platform most often attacked by cybercriminals. They use various sophisticated techniques to achieve their goals – rootkit technologies, vulnerabilities in legitimate applications, etc. To combat them, Kaspersky Internet Security features several proactive technologies which can repel the most dangerous threats: these include Automatic Exploit Prevention to protect software vulnerabilities, and effective Anti-rootkit systems.

The same approach informs the development of Kaspersky Lab’s security solutions for other platforms. The company’s in-house technologies for data protection are featured in Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac and Kaspersky Internet Security for Android.

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