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Date:      Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:04:18 +0000
From:      Martin Smith <lists@rakupottery.org.uk>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Anti-virus for FreeBSD
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On 24/03/2016 19:58, Polytropon wrote:
> 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? ;-)
I think this is actually one of the biggest problems, computers and the 
internet have had a
very similar effect to the motor car, they have made people lazy, and of 
course the drive
for higher profits by using less staff does not help either, hence 
everything has to be
instantly available from everywhere without any  thought for security.....
>
>
-- 
Martin




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