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Can drive encryption block Ransomware? Can Ransomware affect Linux?


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#1 MajesticFailure

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:48 PM

Can drive encryption block Ransomware (assuming you have a strong password)? In what scenarios would Ransomware affect Linux?


This isn't a First Aid query so feel free to move it :^)



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 11:12 PM

In full drive encryption, the drive is only encrypted when its at rest (powered down). That protects the drive in case of theft. The drive must be unencrypted to boot up and during operation. So it won't block ransomware.

 

Ransomware can be created for any operating system. One type of ransomware has been found for Linux called linux.encoder.1


Edited by Smsec, 20 May 2016 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 11:17 PM

Thank you. Guess we need to keep our systems updated always. That's a relatively polite ransomware by the way :S



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