By Lily Hay Newman,, July 24, 2017 

IN THE LAST few months, waves of ransomware attacks have pummeled the world, disrupting not just businesses but also vital services like hospital care, energy infrastructure, and telecoms. Which means the research Andrea Continella and his team have pursued recently couldn’t be better timed: A tool that detects ransomware automatically, almost instantly, and restores your system from backups before hackers can fully lock it down.

Called ShieldFS, the team’s innovation isn’t a broad antivirus platform, but that’s by design. Instead, it’s a targeted feature that scans only for ransomware attacks.

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