Staring at my screen, I really started weighing the pros and cons of just dropping out. In no uncertain terms, my academic fate hung in the balance. The choices were black and white: pay $500 in Bitcoin to some hacker or rewrite my paper from scratch in under 24 hours. WannaCry is an apt name for this ransomware attack. That’s exactly what I wanted to do at that moment. I had no backup file, antivirus didn’t catch it and I was out of time.
Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent than ever. Reaching out to your typical online communities aren’t much help. Once you’re hit, you have few options left. I probably could’ve done more to protect myself but I have little time to do that myself. Now, there are services like Rubica that can protect you from ransomware, phishing emails etc. I wish I knew that earlier.
I ended up paying to get my files back. That hurt my budget pretty badly. I still don’t know exactly what all that ransomware virus has of mine (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-reveals-two-big-ways-stop-ransomware-attacks-195534139.html). They could’ve easily made copies of everything, intending to repeat this attack. I hope I never have to go through that ever again.
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