If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(New Jersey 101.5)   Aptly called Ransomware, it's the latest computer threat that lets criminals hijack your machine, Norton won't help and you're probably already at risk EVERYBODY PANIC   (nj1015.com) divider line 84
    More: Scary, EVERYBODY PANIC, Automatic Updates, anti-virus software, online banking  
•       •       •

4984 clicks; posted to Geek » on 01 Aug 2012 at 12:11 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



84 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-08-01 08:56:18 AM
Is the file named REAMDE?
 
2012-08-01 09:26:59 AM
I love that not one of the items on the 'protect yourself' list includes BACKING THE fark UP.
 
2012-08-01 10:11:17 AM

Elvis_Bogart: Is the file named REAMDE?


My thoughts exactly.
 
2012-08-01 10:29:59 AM

unyon: I love that not one of the items on the 'protect yourself' list includes BACKING THE fark UP.

 
2012-08-01 10:32:37 AM
I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?
 
2012-08-01 10:41:39 AM
I thought Norton was ransomware.
 
2012-08-01 10:43:16 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?


Because most people, when reading your suggestion, will probably just rearrange their icons and change their desktop wallpaper back to the Windows XP theme.

:-P
 
2012-08-01 10:52:10 AM
I bet it's this "system32" file I see.

Everyone should delete system32 to make sure their computer is safe!
 
2012-08-01 11:03:11 AM
Latest? Seriously??
 
2012-08-01 11:10:06 AM

FirstNationalBastard: I bet it's this "system32" file I see.

Everyone should delete system32 to make sure their computer is safe!


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-01 12:12:06 PM

Elvis_Bogart: Is the file named REAMDE?


My first and only reaction.. "Hmm, this sounds just like the book I'm reading"
 
2012-08-01 12:14:39 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?


Yeah, most folks would have no idea what that is.
I'm about to buy a 3 license version of 7 ultimate, for me, the wife and the kids pc. Would like to find a nice ghost replacement, but until then I'll use my ghost thumbdrive I have from work.
 
2012-08-01 12:24:17 PM
I use an image disk.. Then Steam to download whatever game I'm playing. Otherwise Chrome is all I use. I can be up and running within an hour after booting onto my image disk.
 
2012-08-01 12:37:34 PM
Use a firewall
Use a home router
Make sure you've enabled automatic updates on your computer system at home
Download free Microsoft Security Essentials Tool Kit
Don't open any spam email messages or click on suspicious links
Keep your antivirus software updated
Don't use administrative rights when browsing the internet
Use a "sandbox" browser like the latest version of Internet Explorer or Chrome

Well crap. That won't load on my MacBook Pro.
I'm so screwed.
 
2012-08-01 12:42:18 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?

Yeah, most folks would have no idea what that is.
I'm about to buy a 3 license version of 7 ultimate, for me, the wife and the kids pc. Would like to find a nice ghost replacement, but until then I'll use my ghost thumbdrive I have from work.


Download any of the thousands of linux bootable cd's. Burn the image. Boot the image. Read up on the dd command. Use the dd command (properly).
 
2012-08-01 12:44:37 PM
What is this "software installed onto a victim's computer without the victim's consent or knowledge" the article speaks of? I'm unfamiliar with such a concept. Synaptic always asks for my password, and I don't regularly operate as root.
 
2012-08-01 12:49:13 PM
Because you will believe anything.
 
2012-08-01 12:51:09 PM

Grapple: Elvis_Bogart: Is the file named REAMDE?

My first and only reaction.. "Hmm, this sounds just like the book I'm reading"


Reading that now as well. It's a decent book, but certainly felt I was mislead about the premise... where I expected to find at least an attempt to explore the effects of new technology and online societies on our world in the midst of a thriller, has quickly boiled down to more or less another spy action/thriller. I'm between 2/3rds and 3/4ths of the way through it now, and I'm pretty sure the ending was telegraphed halfway back. Still, it's good enough to have sucked in my interest, so...

/liked Ready Player One and (help me) even Daemon/Freedom better so far
 
2012-08-01 12:52:07 PM
New Jersey 101.5 is as annoying as fark to listen to on the radio. All of their hosts and DJs have echo chamber turned on.
 
2012-08-01 12:58:45 PM
Isn't this the next logical progression from scareware?

/"protect yourself" list should definitely include "use something other than Windows".
 
2012-08-01 01:10:14 PM
LINUX

I'M WRITING THIS ON LINUX

LINNNNNUUUUUUXXXXXXX
 
2012-08-01 01:12:18 PM

Elvis_Bogart: Is the file named REAMDE?


Exactly what I thought.
 
2012-08-01 01:15:21 PM

xanadian: FirstNationalBastard: I bet it's this "system32" file I see.

Everyone should delete system32 to make sure their computer is safe!

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x375]


Does Tech Support Jesus have his hands in his robes in that picture?
 
2012-08-01 01:19:25 PM
1. Don't run as an administrator
2. Don't install shiat you don't know the source of
3. Back your shiat up regularly and keep historical copies

I don't care about things like this. Internet-enabled home computers have been common for well over a decade and all modern operating systems, used properly, are reasonably safe. On top of that, anti-malware tools are common, effective, and easy to use and the same applies to versioning backup software.

If you're still having problems like this, you're just on the wrong side of digital natural selection. Enjoy being a Morlock.
 
2012-08-01 01:21:07 PM

Dufus: I thought Norton was ransomware.


Beat me to the punch.
 
2012-08-01 01:22:02 PM
Latest?

This was a problem when I worked at Symantec back in 2005. At least one poor woman that called up the CEO had given the hijackers her credit card information, but of course her computer stayed locked.
 
2012-08-01 01:26:14 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: Dufus: I thought Norton was ransomware.

Beat me to the punch.


They tested free virus removal with the same techs that did the $69.95 virus removal, and the free removal had a lower satisfaction rate than the paid.

There is something psychological about paying for a service that makes use rate it higher even if we had problems when using that service.

My old coworkers over there tell me they've been moving things back to the US/Canada lately, so they've heard how frustrated people are with the way India was handling things.
 
2012-08-01 01:54:24 PM
Latest?

Two years ago I was occasionally dealing with that trojan that goes through and encrypts every .doc, .jpg, .xls, etc. file on your system with a 1024-bit RSA key and changes your desktop background to an actual ransom note.

It actually said, in basically as many words, "if you want to see your files again, do not contact the authorities". I was HIGHLY amused. I was only a little disappointed by the fact that the image wasn't made up of magazine word clippings.

(Of course, paying the ransom wouldn't get them to send you the decrypt key. That one, if you didn't have a backup, you just basically lost EVERYTHING)
 
2012-08-01 02:03:39 PM
I'd love to be the fly on the wall when a member of the black helicopter/Ron Paul crowd gets hit with the variant from the screenshot!
 
2012-08-01 02:15:29 PM

DemonEater: Latest?

Two years ago I was occasionally dealing with that trojan that goes through and encrypts every .doc, .jpg, .xls, etc. file on your system with a 1024-bit RSA key and changes your desktop background to an actual ransom note.


I'm yet to see that one. Though I did find Zeus on one machine. Updated antivirus and everything. :-/
 
2012-08-01 02:15:51 PM
At least Win7 finally included a worthwhile backup utility (which came in handy for me when upgrading my laptop to a solid-state drive). The problem is, most people don't want to bother with backups.
 
2012-08-01 02:38:10 PM

Rude Turnip: New Jersey 101.5 is as annoying as fark to listen to on the radio. All of their hosts and DJs have echo chamber turned on.


yeah, they pretty much suck, but the traffic and weather was always handy to have.

the exception is Big Joe Henry - loved listening to his show.
 
2012-08-01 02:42:53 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
GIVE ME BACK MY SON!!!
 
2012-08-01 02:43:36 PM
This is the current craze with the kids...

www.abuse.ch
 
2012-08-01 02:48:29 PM

finnished: This is the current craze with the kids...

[www.abuse.ch image 850x559]


i212.photobucket.com

But that is amusing.
 
2012-08-01 03:16:34 PM

asciibaron: Rude Turnip: New Jersey 101.5 is as annoying as fark to listen to on the radio. All of their hosts and DJs have echo chamber turned on.

yeah, they pretty much suck, but the traffic and weather was always handy to have.

the exception is Big Joe Henry - loved listening to his show.


I agree; he would be the exception.
 
2012-08-01 03:29:26 PM
I save everything to The Cloud so I'm getting a kick out this.
 
2012-08-01 03:39:51 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?

Yeah, most folks would have no idea what that is.
I'm about to buy a 3 license version of 7 ultimate, for me, the wife and the kids pc. Would like to find a nice ghost replacement, but until then I'll use my ghost thumbdrive I have from work.


Windows 7 already comes with a backup utility that can make images whenever you want it too and store on another drive. You can then simply boot the system from a disc or thumbdrive and tell it to restore from whatever image you want.

It been very useful at work where I can restore systems from a daily backup to deal with crap like this when employees have an oops moment.
 
2012-08-01 03:47:26 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Well crap. That won't load on my MacBook Pro.
I'm so screwed.


Are windows-specific exploits a big problem for your Mac, then? I know as a Windows user I'm dead terrified of the Flashback exploit and the Mac Defender trojan.
 
2012-08-01 04:07:39 PM

unyon: I love that not one of the items on the 'protect yourself' list includes BACKING THE fark UP.



Yeah, well, since it works by sitting on your system slowly encrypting your files, it might be a month before it triggers, and you may not have enough backups to get everything back. Even it you do, it is going to be really hard to sort everything out.
 
2012-08-01 04:32:56 PM
Done in one.
 
2012-08-01 04:56:01 PM

Nightmaretony: Done in one.


File extensions, how's THAT sh*t work?

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-08-01 05:02:18 PM

Jim_Callahan: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Well crap. That won't load on my MacBook Pro.
I'm so screwed.

Are windows-specific exploits a big problem for your Mac, then? I know as a Windows user I'm dead terrified of the Flashback exploit and the Mac Defender trojan.



It was humor. No, I'm not worried about a Windows virus affecting my Mac.
 
2012-08-01 06:19:08 PM

urban.derelict: Nightmaretony: Done in one.

File extensions, how's THAT sh*t work?

[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 462x218]


I'm confused. How is an image extension(.jpg) an application(.exe)?
 
2012-08-01 06:37:10 PM
www.funny-base.com
 
2012-08-01 06:48:41 PM

Do the needful: Unoriginal_Username: Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?

Yeah, most folks would have no idea what that is.
I'm about to buy a 3 license version of 7 ultimate, for me, the wife and the kids pc. Would like to find a nice ghost replacement, but until then I'll use my ghost thumbdrive I have from work.

Download any of the thousands of linux bootable cd's. Burn the image. Boot the image. Read up on the dd command. Use the dd command (properly).


Kewl, I keep meaning to mess around with linux, but I"m too lazy. I really need to do some research. One of the reasons, in my opinion, that it isn't that popular, is because there are so many flavors, it's hard to find one that fits.
 
2012-08-01 06:56:48 PM
Of course, even with Windows fully updated, using a nice, sandboxed browser, all it takes is one 0-day exploit to hamstring your just-updated antivirus and leave you with Antivirus 2013 staring you square in the face.

/Cat and mouse game
 
2012-08-01 07:05:23 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Do the needful: Unoriginal_Username: Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. Why don't victims just reformat and apply the last image?

Yeah, most folks would have no idea what that is.
I'm about to buy a 3 license version of 7 ultimate, for me, the wife and the kids pc. Would like to find a nice ghost replacement, but until then I'll use my ghost thumbdrive I have from work.

Download any of the thousands of linux bootable cd's. Burn the image. Boot the image. Read up on the dd command. Use the dd command (properly).

Kewl, I keep meaning to mess around with linux, but I"m too lazy. I really need to do some research. One of the reasons, in my opinion, that it isn't that popular, is because there are so many flavors, it's hard to find one that fits.


What I've noticed is that linux starts becoming popular the moment people find they have "spare" computers that they can use to test builds on. When it's your main computer, your baby, yeah, you don't wanna mess with it. When you have a four-year-old computer sitting in the corner doing nothing you suddenly realize that testing numerous builds of linux might be fun, in a weird way.

I've actually found some really cool builds just messing around. I mean the "main" builds that everyone knows about - Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc. - are all pretty awesome, but random things like Mepis can impress you. I still bring that one out whenever I have aged, esoteric hardware that needs a basic OS. Rather satisfying.
 
2012-08-01 07:18:23 PM

noblewolf: [www.funny-base.com image 537x650]


Linux needs a sammich
 
2012-08-01 07:27:17 PM

yukichigai: What I've noticed is that linux starts becoming popular the moment people find they have "spare" computers that they can use to test builds on. When it's your main computer, your baby, yeah, you don't wanna mess with it. When you have a four-year-old computer sitting in the corner doing nothing you suddenly realize that testing numerous builds of linux might be fun, in a weird way.


You know, you just described my experience with Linux to a "T". 5 years ago, I finally had an extra computer, and I started messing around with a few basic distros. Today, I'm mostly a full-time Linux user (Windows has its place still) and I just got hired as a UNIX SysAdmin.

All because I was bored one afternoon and thought "hey, spare computer". My latest hobby machine is a Pentium 4 that's dual-booting Puppy and Xubuntu. I've got a Pentium III in the garage that's going to become a Damn Small Linux machine next. This is getting to be an odd little hobby.
 
Displayed 50 of 84 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report