Fujifilm disclosed that they have suffered a ransomware attack and hence there has been unauthorized access to Fujifilm servers. Apparently their servers have been infected by Qbot trojan malware.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber criminals use to block you from accessing your own data by encrypt the files on your system. The hackers will hold your data “hostage” until the demanded ransom is paid.
This is becoming a serious problem for companies, who often have to pay attackers lots of money in bitcoin (basically impossible to track if the attackers makes no errors) to avoid the data being lost forever or shared with other companies.
And how can companies be sure that if they pay the data won’t be shared anyway?
Well, there is a reliability ranking even for those criminal hackers! Companies can see if the hacker kept his word in the past or not.
As I am Italian, I can speak for my country, where these type of crimes saw a raise from 2019 to 2020 of 246%.
What Fujifilm did today is different compared to what many other companies do, as denouncing the hackers would mean to admit the companies’ own vulnerability. Fujifilm was more upfront today, and openly disclosed the attack.
To stop these kind of attacks, companies must absolutely improve their cyber security and bitcoin should be regulated stronger.