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05-15-2017, 04:06 PM
 George Frankly Member SOA AAA Join Date: Aug 2011 Location: CO Favorite beer: Sam Smith Oatmeal Posts: 7,205

Radiolab did a show with a woman who is very non-tech-savvy trying to pay a Bitcoin ransom. It was basically a string of things not going well.
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05-15-2017, 04:08 PM
 ALivelySedative Member CAS Join Date: Dec 2013 Location: Land of the Pine College: UNC-Chapel Hill Alum Favorite beer: Red Oak Posts: 859

\$300 per computer/device, in a hospital, would get expensive quickly. Not to mention an entire healthcare network.
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05-15-2017, 04:26 PM
 kadsura Member CAS SOA Join Date: Oct 2016 Posts: 221

I could see cybersecurity insurance products now wanting to add riders that pays

$min(RansomAmount, DataLoss)$
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05-15-2017, 05:15 PM
 snikelfritz Member Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Yep Studying for Nope Favorite beer: Yep Posts: 25,436

I get how it's a PITA to restore everything from scratch, but it does seems there's a solution.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wa...tack-1.4115239

"If you have a backup then this whole thing is moot," said Matthew Braga, CBC technology writer. "You just wipe your computer, restore your backup and it's fine."
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05-15-2017, 05:52 PM
 Cloister Member Join Date: Oct 2001 Posts: 2,216

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 Originally Posted by snikelfritz I get how it's a PITA to restore everything from scratch, but it does seems there's a solution. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wa...tack-1.4115239 "If you have a backup then this whole thing is moot," said Matthew Braga, CBC technology writer. "You just wipe your computer, restore your backup and it's fine."
As long as the backup is offline, or with a cloud service that includes file versioning. Of course, if everyone implemented a robust backup strategy a lot of problems would be easier to deal with.

Also, some ransomware will reside silently for a long time, encrypting your data (and hence backups you are creating) and decrypting files on the fly so you don't know what's going on. Then they remove the keys, and your data and backups are all encrypted. Again, a cloud service with long term versioning may save you.

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05-15-2017, 06:02 PM
 redearedslider Member CAS Join Date: Oct 2015 Posts: 10,013

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 Originally Posted by Cloister As long as the backup is offline, or with a cloud service that includes file versioning. Of course, if everyone implemented a robust backup strategy a lot of problems would be easier to deal with.
But storage is so expensive! We can barely store one version of each file, let alone multiples!
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05-15-2017, 06:17 PM
 PeppermintPatty Member CAS Join Date: Sep 2001 Posts: 30,462

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 Originally Posted by redearedslider But storage is so expensive! We can barely store one version of each file, let alone multiples!
I know that carbonite, crashplan, and dropbox store versions.
#28
05-16-2017, 12:47 PM
 SlowMotionWalter Member CAS Join Date: Jun 2013 Posts: 9,392

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 Originally Posted by PeppermintPatty I'm surprised there hasn't been a thread on this, yet. Holy s***, this thing spread fast. And was stopped fast -- almost by accident. A malware fighter on vacation noticed some reports of ransomware, but that's so common he didn't pay attention, and went to bed. Then he woke up and saw that there was a disaster. He got a copy of the thing and ran it in a sandbox and found that it was looking for a particular domain that didn't exist. He registered that domain, to create a "sinkhole" to analyze how it was spreading. And it turns out that the virus doesn't do anything if it finds that the domain exists -- probably an intentional kill switch. Of course, it's only shut down until they recompile it without the kill switch. The guy who did that was on vacation at the time. His boss gave him an extra week of vacation to make up for it. (This story transcribed from what a friend told me. Check out the article linked below for the source.) https://www.malwaretech.com/2017/05/...r-attacks.html
Dude got doxxed by UK tabloids for his effort.

https://theoutline.com/post/1536/uk-...al-cyberattack
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05-16-2017, 01:23 PM
 1695814 Member SOA AAA Join Date: Aug 2002 Studying for GED Favorite beer: Root Posts: 32,700

I've never heard the word "dox" before. :tmyk:
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05-19-2017, 09:44 PM
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