Not-profit cancer organisations have been infected by ransomware when less expected. No one has ever thought that ransomware developers would go that far, though they really did.
The Little Red Door agency provides cancer support services including diagnostics, treatment, and supplies to under-served people. Unfortunately, it did not stop the hackers to infect its server and demand a 50 bitcoin (US$44,000) ransom to decrypt the victim’s files.
According to Aimee Fant, an Executive director of Little Red Door, the lion’s share of the agency’s data was located in unspecified cloud storage.
Fant states that the agency will be forced to take the hit and not pay the ransom as its funds are designated to helping cancer patients and their families.
The Little Red Door agency intends to replace the infected server with a “secure cloud-based” platform and hopes to be back up and running by the end of this week. Despite the fact that the agency did not ask for volunteer assistance, the interested readers can find the non-profit organisation on Twitter.
The attack against the Little Red Door agency was reported to the FBI.
A great number of ransomware versions have been undone by white hack hackers working under the No More Ransom Alliance. Their main purpose is finding and exploiting malware holes which allow file decryption for free. It is a huge effort by malware researchers to waste the exploding number of ransomware forms hitting big enterprises and end users.