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A nasty cyber gang claims to take a bite out of Apple with $50 million ransom. The gang of cyber criminals are demanding the Cupertino-based firm pay up the money or they will release Apple device blueprints.

The US Justice Department is creating a task force to tackle the growing threat of ransomware and extortion schemes targeting school districts.

Ransomware Backup Protection: Image-based backup, and a hybrid cloud model, delivering enterprise-grade functionality at a small business price. Ransomware backup detection is provided through a Total Protection Solution, devices actively monitor backups, and when a ransomware footprint is detected, it notifies admins that they have a likely ransomware attack.

In the past, cyber attackers have often been unaware of how much stolen data is worth to organisations. However, the implementation of GDPR means that organisations can be fined up to 4% of their global annual turnover or €20m, whichever is greater, if found to have a data breach. These fines effectively provide cyber criminals with a price point for criminals to understand how much the data is worth to organisations.

Incidents infecting hundreds of thousands of computers globally bring problems into rather sharp focus. Ransomware has been with us for many years. We’ve seen a number of customer cases that prove it’s possible to survive these attacks. Without having to pay. As the ransomware threat continues, it’s imperative to understand how you can protect your business. Having a strategy is a really good start.