#TechTuesday – Ransomware Attack: Debugging the Right Way


Getting bugged with your everyday mundane life is one thing, but battling bugs which can compromise your personal details is another game altogether. And a game, none of us want to be a part of. No wonder, each technological advancement comes with a parallel advancement in the bug tracking market as well.

Where are the bugs?

Now, ask this question to a cynic and the answer would be “they are everywhere!”. Maybe they are not wrong, and this is why it becomes all the more important to know where exactly are we most prone to bugs. Bugs can be found on-premises as well as on cloud-based platforms. Unlike the cloud-based bugs which are hosted through web browsers; on premise bugs are installed and operated through in-house infrastructure and servers.

Ransomware – Holding you as hostage

True to its name, this malicious software blocks access to data which can be gained only after a ransom is paid. The ransom needs to be typically paid in the form of iTunes cards or bitcoin, to decrypt your data for you. Regarded as one of the biggest cyber-attacks in history, Ransomware attacks are typically carried out through Trojan. Typically, those who are exposed to this software are sure to loss a good amount of their data. Having a backup of your data is perhaps the only way through which you can retrieve back your data.

Challenges in tracking the bug

It would be so easy and uncomplicated, if all one needed was a standard bug fixing solution. But the reality is far more complex than it seems. The two major challenges, which market analysts at Technavio have zeroed in are:

  1. Difficulty for non-technical workforce to adopt bug tracking
  2. Increased piracy of bug tracking software

The more advanced features a bug tracking software has, the difficult it becomes for a non-technical team to adopt it. And this is why most of such teams choose software which have least complexity and are easy to use. But as most of these software are unable to cope with the bug attacks, these organizations are more prone to bug onslaught.

Another major impediment in tracking bugs is the increase in volume of pirated bug tracking software. Especially in developing countries which do not have policies on intellectual property rights in place, pirated software is easily available. This makes it rather difficult to track bugs, leading to data compromise.

Fixing the bug

Vendors like Atlassian, JetBrains, and IBM are constantly working on bug tracking solutions. They all started with traditional bug tracking solutions. But with increased trend of BYOD, preference for cloud-based storage systems, and integration of all the devices, the demand for fool-proof bug trackers has increased hugely. So much so that several regional players too have taken advantage of this growing demand, and are building customized bug tracking solutions.

To get a detailed understanding about the global bug tracking software