On Monday, ExaGrid was said to have been hit by the Conti ransomware gang, and not only was 800GB of confidential internal information – including client and personnel records, contracts, and source code – encrypted but also the crooks exfiltrated the data and demanded millions of dollars to keep it secret.

It seems that a growing number of companies are reporting ransomware attacks. The FBI is involved also with other US government agencies. The accusation of a Russian or North Korean involvement may be unfounded.

It is known that the U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals. The DoJ has investigated the attacks extensively given the frequency that US companies are facing with ransomware.

As usual the illicit Bitcoin was used to pay the ransom. The company clearly is not well managed for ransomware but hopefully as more cases surface some steps will be taken to handle privacy and security safely.

For a gaming enthusiast, backup of photos etc is about the only worry. Importing media into iTunes is tedious. In the last 6 months, more than 20 sets of 100 hits have been procured to massively expand the selection of music.

An LTO tape drive is not that much money. The tapes are not super expensive and tape are fine on a shelf. LTO-8 drives are about $3000 for a bare drive and slightly more with an external interface. Suitable PCIe interface cards are readily available at low cost.

Computer Weekly in Germany broke the story.