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Old 06-20-2019, 02:32 PM
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/u...ng-ransom.html


Unbelievable. riviera Beach agrees to Pay the ransom.

"Some of the cybercriminals have used a tool, Eternal Blue, developed by the National Security Agency. The N.S.A. lost control of the program, which is now being used as a cyberweapon."

Wow, good thing we have that NSA huh?
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Unbelievable. riviera Beach agrees to Pay the ransom.

"Some of the cybercriminals have used a tool, Eternal Blue, developed by the National Security Agency. The N.S.A. lost control of the program, which is now being used as a cyberweapon."

Wow, good thing we have that NSA huh?

Heck ... I'd give it my best shot for $100,000.00
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I wonder if the Russians are hacking the US?

The US just announced we are hacking them a couple days ago.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48675203
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if they got ahold of some top secret NSA software, then its safe to say it was intentional
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Then riddle me this...

Why don't the city contact the NSA an tell them to go into the backdoor and disable it? Its their software they should know how to get in
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Rivera Beach is the "drive-by shooting range" of Palm Beach County. Especially at the intersection of Avenue D and MLK blvd.

I guess I'll end up paying for this with increased taxes next year as I live in Palm Beach County.

Oh, and Riviera Beach is run by idiots. I don't believe they know how to count. Not kidding.
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Florida City will pay the computer hackers $600,000 to unlock their computers
Brilliant idea, brilliant I say....

Next time the price will double, whatta bunch of lame brains....
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The appalling thing is that the article says that many cities have been hit, and that they have been paying the hackers!
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You remember when important files were once kept in filing cabinets and the only real threat was fire?

Pepperidge Farms remembers....
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I'm in the wrong line of work.
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I have a question. As someone who used to work in IT as a network administrator, we had to make daily backups of all of our servers and the ones that had critical customer information had to have the hard drives changed daily and sent to stone mountain for secure storage (like credit card info and social security numbers and the like) Why did these idiots not have this practice? If they would have the most they would have lost was a day or two and would be back up and running within a couple of hours instead of waiting to see if the hackers are going to keep their word and release the hard drive once the ransom is paid. They get what they deserve for their failure to keep proper security procedures.
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Ummm... why doesn't the NSA just un-hijack the city's computers? It's their software, isnt it?
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A subscription to Carbonite (automatic "continuous" back-up), so there would always be a very up-to-date back up off-site. The customer service people would even walk them through the set-up and restoration

Me smells a rat on this one how can anyone be sure who it is that they're going to pay... might be a lot closer to home... follow the $$$$$$
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A subscription to Carbonite (automatic "continuous" back-up), so there would always be a very up-to-date back up off-site. The customer service people would even walk them through the set-up and restoration

Me smells a rat on this one how can anyone be sure who it is that they're going to pay... might be a lot closer to home... follow the $$$$$$
I went to a site one time that installed a hijack ware and every time I started the computer it demanded $15,000.00 U.S. but instead of cash they wanted it transferred to Bitcoin. The problem with crypto currency is that once it is sent, there is no way to trace it (at the moment).

In my case I made backups on an external hard drive of all of my critical files and just deleted the partition ad started it over from scratch (as I have my OS installation disks) Now though I usually use a live USB stick instead of an OS that resides on the hard drive. That way if my OS get corrupted (in memory), I just shut down the computer and reboot. The USB flash drive is write protected with TwoFish encryption software and AES and cannot be written to but only read from.
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I agree. And why do they allow sensitive data to be obtainable to the outside? So they can work from home? These should be closed systems, then the only worry would be employees. But, why should they worry about it, the government has unlimited funds.
I second the idea that the NSA release wasnt by error. You can bet someone HERE is getting a kickback. That is how microsux, mcafee, norton, and the rest of them work. They produce problems so you have to buy upgrades. Networks can be secured if you want them to be. And like Ghost said, keep backups offline. Then at the most all you have to do is reinstall the OS. May lose a day or two of data, but not enough to make the system unusable.
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Cheaper to pay them than loose the data and get new system.
Price could be into the millions.
The hackers used to want smaller amounts like $35k but now that they are getting paid the amount is rising.
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Even a 90yr old wouldn't fall for this scam.
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They should just issue a warrant DEAD or Alive for the hackers for $500,000.
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Even a 90yr old wouldn't fall for this scam.
I have dealt with this attack many times when I worked for a small computer shop. A lot of people fall for it.....I have known no one personally who paid the ransom though.

An employee gets sent an attachment that looks like a shipping receipt from Fedex and when they open it the attack occurs. It takes just a moment and every file inside your computer becomes encrypted and will no longer open. When you double click an encrypted file a message comes up demanding money and usually includes a bitcoin account #. There is no recovery on the machine itself. The computer needs to be reloaded from scratch. All data on the system is lost. Carbonite or some other off-line backup is the only thing that will save you because anything attached to the infected computer gets encrypted too.

An architect opened it and lost everything. Luckily he had Carbonite and I had him back up and running 2 days later with a full recovery of his data supplied by Carbonite.

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Have these idiots ever heard of backup? HAHA...
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