At Junopi Headquarters our Monday started bright and early trying to assist a local small business recover their data that got encrypted overnight by a Cryptolocker ransomware virus that infected their entire server. Unfortunately, Junopi was unable to do anything for them, as they had no backups of any kind. With their scheduling and accounting software encrypted, 15 employees unable to work and over $300,000 in accounts receivables, an event like that could wipe out an entire business.
With all of their data gone, the only solution for that small business was to pay the ransom in hopes of recovering their data. The decision to not have backups in place cost that business a lot of lost earnings, payroll and around $4,200 in ransom money. As of 9pm tonight we are still in the process of getting Bitcoins purchased and transferred. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the payment transfer will be successful and hope the data will be decrypted and returned.