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Clever CryptoWall Spreading Via New Attacks
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RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
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7/2/2015 | 7:45:13 AM
Re: BACKUP!
Haha, thats a funny and interesting "parable". I am definitly going to be using that soon.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
6/30/2015 | 11:44:14 PM
PDs
It's been really disheartening to see police departments/law enforcement agencies in particular give in to ransomware demands.

I'm not sure which is the more depressing aspect of this -- that the organizations that are supposed to protect us are powerless against these attackers, or that they failed to back up their data.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
6/30/2015 | 11:41:56 PM
Re: BACKUP!
Reminds me of a story...

Jesus and Satan get into an argument over who the better programmer is.  They decide to settle it with a 24-hour contest (with God as the judge).

They take their seats before their respective terminals, the contest begins, and they get to work -- furiously typing non-stop.

Finally, a couple of minutes before the contest is about to draw to a close, there is a power outage!  The computers go out, and all the lights go out.

The power comes back on almost immediately, and the contest ends.

God approaches Satan, asking him to show his work.

Satan complains, "The power outage took everything!  I lost it all!"

God then turns to Jesus.  Jesus types in a command at the prompt, presses Enter, and the screen bursts forth with a vivid, colorful display while the speakers pump out Handel's "Messiah."

Satan is agape as God declares Jesus the winner.

"But...how???!!!" says Satan in disbelief.  "I lost my entire program.  How did he do it?"

God looks over at the fallen angel and replies, "Jesus saves."
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
6/30/2015 | 12:54:21 PM
BACKUP!
Can't state this enough. Always back up your important files to a remote location. I've seen this happen first hand and you can easily render ransomware ineffective if they do not have leverage over you. IE) The data they encrypted doesn't matter to you because you have a backup elsewhere.


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