HOWTO Save Yourself From Ransomware Using btrfs
All these things must be run as root on a btrfs filesystem.
First, create the working path:
mkdir -p /path/to/data/snaps
Then create a subvolume:
btrfs su create /path/to/data/current
This last path is where you and your lusers will save your crap (of course, remember to set appropriate permissions and ownerships; it works mostly as a regular directory).
Then, from a
crontab or similar, run this:
btrfs su snapshot -r /path/to/data/current /path/to/data/snaps/$(date "+%Y%m%d")
And that's all. If/when the intruders encrypt your data and ask for a ransom, you still have pristine copies inside the snapshots. Not even root can modify these files, they are pure read-only; the only thing that can be done with the snapshots is to delete them, which you should do a periodical basis.
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