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Even Disney Can Get Hit By Ransomware

By May 30, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

It’s been a bad week for the corporate world.

Things started off with a bang thanks to the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that targeted more than 200,000 company locations in more than 150 countries. Among other things, it brought the UK’s NHS to a complete standstill and idled auto factories in France, but hospitals and manufacturing facilities weren’t the only targets. Put Disney on the list as well.

Yes, not even entertainment companies are immune to hacking, although it should be stressed that in Disney’s case, the hackers didn’t rely on the “WannaCry” malware, but more conventional means.

Their purpose?

To grab a copy of the fifth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and threaten to release it online unless their demands were met.

This isn’t the first time an entertainment company has seen one of their prime properties held captive. Not long ago, Netflix suffered a similar attack when an entire season of the hit show “Orange is the New Black” was stolen.

The recent wave of attacks brings up an interesting philosophical question. Should you give into the hackers’ demands and pay the ransom?

Ultimately, the answer to that question is going to be different for each person or company. In some cases, it’s just easier and more convenient to thumb your nose at the hackers and take the plunge, restoring your files from the most recent backup you have, but other cases aren’t quite so clear cut.

Depending on the computer that’s been infected, you might lose critical, up-to-the-minute data that simply can’t be recovered, which may make you lean in that direction.

Of course, paying the ransom itself carries risks, because there’s no guarantee that they won’t take your money and simply not hand over the key. Unfortunately, by the time it gets to the point where you have to make that decision, it’s too late to make a good one. As ever, the answer lies in prevention, which sadly, is easier said than done.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.