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Robbinhood: Inside the Ransomware That Slammed Baltimore
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6/6/2019 | 2:38:17 PM
re: Robbinhood: Inside the Ransomware That Slammed Baltimore
Vulnerable target too - most state and government entities have lousy IT budgets and probable little in the way of any defense points.  Evenso, they do have some money and they have to run 24-7 too.  Same as a hospital but that probably has better defense lines.  So Cities, county and state government are GREAT targets for a hacker.   Most infections (as in North Carolina) begin with one user opening an email and WHAMMO that ends the game.  Government may not have the reseach tool for email digging either so ....... until we know more, also proves NO DISASTER RECOVERY plan, backup protocol in place for a NORMAL server failure. HEY - THOSE HAPPEN TOO ya know.  Sad
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6/5/2019 | 9:43:05 PM
re: Robbinhood: Inside the Ransomware That Slammed Baltimore
That's a good point, Kelly.  Much like a lock pick set, a well-made tool and some practice is all you need to gain access.  In reading through past news items, it does seem as if some folks who get nabbed using these tools are not skilled or savvy cybercriminals.  This may be one reason why law enforcement agencies have been hard on coders who have had a hand in programming malware, rootkits and other tools used to commit crimes.  Even if they don't use them for their own gain, the impact is still great with the number of folks trying to use them to achieve malicious ends. 
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6/5/2019 | 6:33:46 PM
re: Robbinhood: Inside the Ransomware That Slammed Baltimore
It doesn't take a hacker to execute a ransomware attack, that's for sure. RaaS makes it eerily easy for anyone to do it, not unlike DDoS-for-hire services. 
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6/5/2019 | 4:52:51 PM
re: Robbinhood: Inside the Ransomware That Slammed Baltimore
Very informative article! It is very useful to the IT security community to get as much information on the latest exploits as possible in order to stay up-to-date on the malware attack techniques that are being used in the field.

It is logical that ransomware-as-a-service would be a new fertile ground for commercial hacking actors. Why not automate the whole transaction and just watch the money roll in?

In the Information Age, this is exactly what one would expect about now.


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