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Encryption and Ransomware? Answered

If I encrypted a hard drive, then get hit with some ransomware that encrypts files, would anything happen?

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verence

2 years ago

That depends:

If the hard drive is mounted (i.e. accessible, because you started the decryption program and entered the password) the ransomware will encrypt file by file with its own secret key. You can't access the files any more.

If the hard drive is not mounted, but just a single gigantic file, the ransomware will just encrypt this big container file. You will not be able to access a single file in it any more.

If the hard drive is not mounted and hidden from the file system (like been stored in an 'unused' part of the real drive, well then you are secure. Up to the moment, you mount the drive...

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bravoechonovember1

2 years ago

ransomware doesn't encrypt files; it deletes them but saves the file name