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cyber attacks and ransom ware bastages

Jan. 12, 2020, 2:12 p.m.
Posts: 14373
Joined: Dec. 30, 2002

Posted by: tashi

Report me, put me on your ignore list or leave.

Why would I leave - is this your house?

Jan. 13, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
Posts: 1667
Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

If your machine gets locked down by one of these scammers you can fix it yourself.

Download and burn a trinity rescue disc.

Follow this vid.


Jan. 13, 2020, 6:18 p.m.
Posts: 33439
Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Unfortunately they don't lock you out of your machine.  Instead they encrypt all of your data so that it looks like jibberish.

Jan. 15, 2020, 6:26 a.m.
Posts: 763
Joined: March 12, 2004

The weakest link in the chain is almost always the human sitting at the computer.  Got the panicked call from a client Monday at lunchtime.  "All of our documents have weird icons, someone admitted to opening an attachment to a spam email"  The spam slipped through the filter, it looked like an invoice, and the finance person opened it.

150Gb of data borked. About 2 hours to restore from backup, 1/2 a day of work lost for some of their users, and 2 computers to nuke and reinstall.  It could have been much worse.

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