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Behind the name Englishwiper There is a current risk that affects companies in Germany in particular. "GermanWiper" is a particularly perfidious ransomware; malware that actually encrypts the data on the hard drive in order to extort ransom (mostly in Bitcoin). However, even paying the amount is of no use with this Windows malware; because the name of the software shows what is happening: the “wiper” erases all data on the hard drive. And it overwrites them with zeros, making recovery impossible.
EnglishWiper is a Virus, masquerading as ransomware. In plain English: the malware pretends to encrypt the computer's data. Then, as is usual with ransomware ("ransom" = ransom), a sum of money is demanded, for which the data is then to be decrypted again. Only in this case there is no decryption.
If you pay the money (which you should never do, because then you will probably only be asked for further payments), you will not get your files, folders, documents, photos, music and programs back. Like an ordinary virus, they were deleted. And even overwritten in such a way that they are no longer recoverable; as already shown at the beginning.
Solution against ransomware: Make a backup regularly!
Such as the CERT-Bund (Computer Emergency Response Team) via Twitter warns, the malware comes as an email attachment in zip format. It comes in via an application that (for example) should come from a "Lena Kretschmer". The use of other names cannot be ruled out. If you receive an application by email at the company, then under no circumstances (and generally never) open a zip attachment or any other archive (e.g. RAR). You should mention in advertisements that you only accept text or a maximum of PDF files. So you are reasonably safe.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.