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Date:      Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:58:25 +0100
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        "Brandon J. Wandersee" <brandon.wandersee@gmail.com>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Anti-virus for FreeBSD
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On Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:41:56 -0500, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
> Ransomware is probably the least
> threatening of malware out there, since it seems limited in effect and
> is thwarted by regular backups.

Interesting point of view. :-)

Here are a few impressions regarding ransomware (which I think
could be the next "big thing" especially in the industry space
as well as in the "cloud" - because it's so easy to trick users
into doing something wrong, and then they don't have any chance
to avoid paying). Especially where R&D takes place (or "corporate
secrets", "new invention", "big data of clients" etc. are vital
to business operations and how companies are perceived by the
public), this could have a _massive_ impact.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/hospital-declares-internet-state-of-emergency-after-ransomware-infection/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-ransomware-idUSKCN0W80VX

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2906983/security0/massachusetts-police-department-pays-500-cryptolocker-ransom.html

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/21/us-police-force-pay-bitcoin-ransom-in-cryptolocker-malware-scam

https://securityledger.com/2015/10/fbis-advice-on-cryptolocker-just-pay-the-ransom/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/crypto-e-mail-service-pays-6000-ransom-gets-taken-out-by-ddos-anyway/

http://hothardware.com/news/sony-comes-to-a-screeching-halt-targeted-by-massive-ransomware-hack

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/youre-infected-if-you-want-to-see-your-data-again-pay-us-300-in-bitcoins/

http://www.tekconn.com/news/managed-it/hackers-ransom-data-stolen-from-illinois-medical-facility/

As you mentioned "backups": What is their value when they are
permanently online and accessible (bacause that's sooo conventient
for the users) - and therefore get encrypted, too? ;-)


-- 
Polytropon
Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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