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2012-12-27 12:39:34 PM  
What a "cyber extortionist" might look like.
img856.imageshack.us
 
2012-12-27 12:41:13 PM  
Haha I don't even own an electricity let alone fancy computers
 
2012-12-27 01:25:02 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Haha I don't even own an electricity let alone fancy computers


Wait, what?
 
2012-12-27 01:25:45 PM  
Turn off adblock or we'll starve this squirrel!
 
2012-12-27 01:34:51 PM  

ShadowLAnCeR: Smeggy Smurf: Haha I don't even own an electricity let alone fancy computers

Wait, what?


I'm posting with hijacked electrons
 
2012-12-27 01:43:23 PM  
Cyber extortionists shilling "ransomware" have upped the ante by pushing users' Idiots panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives
that's better
 
2012-12-27 01:45:14 PM  
I actually fixed a guy's computer with some of this crap on it. He thought I was a super hero because I saved him from the cyber police. farking moron.

//He was a PhD attending an entomology conference.
///He didn't know how to computer.
 
2012-12-27 02:00:15 PM  

ModernLuddite: I actually fixed a guy's computer with some of this crap on it. He thought I was a super hero because I saved him from the cyber police. farking moron.

//He was a PhD attending an entomology conference.
///He didn't know how to computer.


So what you're saying is he'd done goofed?
 
2012-12-27 02:08:47 PM  
We had a discussion on this in a different thread a couple of weeks ago. One Farker recommended that when you think you've got one of these new bugs in your compy, you use a clean one and download RKill, TDSSKiller. ComboFix, and MalwareBytes to a USB drive. Then start the infected one in Safe Mode, (you may have to turn off your wireless connection, or disconnect from your physical internet line, some of the Ransomware only kick in if the 'Net connection is active) move the new programs to the desktop from the USB, and run them one at a time in the order listed. Each one is a specialist in seeking out and getting rid of particular malware functions, and by the time all four have done their thing, your machine will be a clean machine. I've also heard good things about Norton Power Eraser, mentioned in TFA.
 
2012-12-27 02:20:03 PM  
Somebody doesn't like feeding the squirrel

/doesn't use adblock
//still gets that message
 
2012-12-27 02:43:48 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: We had a discussion on this in a different thread a couple of weeks ago. One Farker recommended that when you think you've got one of these new bugs in your compy, you use a clean one and download RKill, TDSSKiller. ComboFix, and MalwareBytes to a USB drive. Then start the infected one in Safe Mode, (you may have to turn off your wireless connection, or disconnect from your physical internet line, some of the Ransomware only kick in if the 'Net connection is active) move the new programs to the desktop from the USB, and run them one at a time in the order listed. Each one is a specialist in seeking out and getting rid of particular malware functions, and by the time all four have done their thing, your machine will be a clean machine. I've also heard good things about Norton Power Eraser, mentioned in TFA.


The simplest solution is often the best. I'm open to rebuttals however.
 
2012-12-27 03:08:22 PM  
GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve:

The simplest solution is often the best. I'm open to rebuttals however.

Here's the thread. While the article is funny, as far as the advice in the thread goes, I think the idea is better safe than sorry, and sometimes you need the ghostbusters more than the tiny medium to rescue your little kid from the spirit realm. That's not to say you can't add Power Eraser to the lineup for extra punch.
 
2012-12-27 03:26:35 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve:

The simplest solution is often the best. I'm open to rebuttals however.

Here's the thread. While the article is funny, as far as the advice in the thread goes, I think the idea is better safe than sorry, and sometimes you need the ghostbusters more than the tiny medium to rescue your little kid from the spirit realm. That's not to say you can't add Power Eraser to the lineup for extra punch.


It was your phrasing which won me over.
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"I looked in the trap, Ray."
 
2012-12-27 04:36:31 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: ShadowLAnCeR: Smeggy Smurf: Haha I don't even own an electricity let alone fancy computers

Wait, what?

I'm posting with hijacked electrons


you stole my electrons, give them back!

/im positive you took them
 
2012-12-27 04:59:28 PM  

farbekrieg: Smeggy Smurf: ShadowLAnCeR: Smeggy Smurf: Haha I don't even own an electricity let alone fancy computers

Wait, what?

I'm posting with hijacked electrons

you stole my electrons, give them back!

/im positive you took them


Negative, they find me far more attractive
 
2012-12-27 05:11:58 PM  
The reamde files tells you exactly where to leave your GP to get the encryption file. Just watch out for poachers and jihadists.
 
2012-12-27 05:32:10 PM  
I rather the ransomware than Norton on my hard drive.
 
2012-12-27 05:50:50 PM  
I remember there was this software company in California I believe that exploited a messaging feature in Windows that was supposed to be for network admins to message induvidual users on the network to scam people. They would broadcast the message across the entire internet and the users without a router who were directly connected to their modem would get a dialog box pop up telling the user to buy their popup blocking software to stop it. Of course all you had to do was turn off the feature on your computer which was easy (and was all their "popup blocker software did) but most people did not know how or it was just a feature of Windows exploited by fraudsters. The company made a bunch of money off of unsuspecting people before the government shut them down.

I actually e-mailed sports radio host Tony Bruno how to fix it back when he was on ESPN radio and got an e-mail back from him thanking me.
 
2012-12-28 08:03:04 AM  

Hardy-r-r: I rather the ransomware than Norton on my hard drive.

Same end result but at least the ransomware is free.
 
2012-12-28 02:56:31 PM  

ModernLuddite: I actually fixed a guy's computer with some of this crap on it. He thought I was a super hero because I saved him from the cyber police. farking moron.

//He was a PhD attending an entomology conference.
///He didn't know how to computer.


I support doctors as part of my job. They are often the biggest pains in the ass, but there is a reason for it. In med school one of the first things they are taught is how to delegate. They have to do a LOT of work and a lot of outside independent learning to keep up in their field and they typically don't have time to lean the ins and outs of most of the non-medical related things in their life. So a lot of minor things (car repair, pc maintenance, etc) are delegated to others.

Specialization is a biatch.
 
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