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    Default Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    I saw this in the press today -
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/...ples-computers and it got me wondering.
    How would my computer become infected? In the usual ways? Would it be something I clicked on or something I was emailed? Or a method I'm not aware of?
    I follow all the well know security protocols, well I think I do, and have never had a problem in the last 15 ish years. Then I read something like this and get paranoid.

    I'm only paranoid because everybody's after me....
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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    Yes it's a worry.
    I'm not a Norton supporter but a bit of info from them.
    Not sure how recent it is.
    https://nz.norton.com/ransomware/article

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    Thanks Driftwood, I just read the link you gave as well as the one Lawerence posted.
    I'm a bit more informed now.
    "Happiness is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have..."

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    Sorry,I did not see your link before posting

    This shows where Wcrypt has hit so far https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt

    Just refreshed the Map and Aussie has just been hit

    To Add, Top right hand corner go to 24H and it shows were been hit also
    Last edited by Lawrence; 13-05-2017 at 11:18 AM.

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    Link dosent work for me

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    What's the usual way?

    The way that normally gets users is through an exploit in an unpatched program. User interaction is not necessary, even visiting a site that can exploit your system is enough to do it.

    The payload could exist in anything, especially ads and the only method I think that should work against ransomware is to monitor and intercept any encryption activity on your own system. It's annoying but worth it to be safe, considering 1 bit coin is about nz$2100, so it's not cheap to pay the ransom.

    Other than that, make sure to do backups regularly.

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    To add to Kame's post, make sure that at least one of the recent backups is kept offline.

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    It affects windows systems that havent got kb4012598 on them, from March this year.

    It's a Windows vulnerability that they've been hitting

    So for those who decided to disable or turn updates off, now maybe a good time to keep it up to date

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    Default Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    It affects windows systems that havent got kb4012598 on them, from March this year.

    It's a Windows vulnerability that they've been hitting

    So for those who decided to disable or turn updates off, now maybe a good time to keep it up to date
    no surprises there

    heres the OS's it hits -- interesting the Latest version of W10 is not listed as its been patched already --and that's why its advised to update. So for all the moaners that cry about windows update - would you rather have a locked encrypted PC ?

    Impacted platforms
    ********* All versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista Service Pack 2 are vulnerable; no patch is available
    ********* Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 x86** KB4012598
    ********* Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 x64** KB4012598
    ********* Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 x86 KB4012598
    ********* Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 x64 KB401259
    ********* Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 x86** KB4012212 or KB4012215
    ********* Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 x64** KB4012212 or KB4012215
    ********* Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1* KB4012212 or KB4012215
    ********* Windows 8.1 x86 KB4012213 or KB4012216
    ********* Windows 8.1 x64 KB4012213 or KB4012216
    ********* Windows Server 2012 KB4012214 or KB4012217
    ********* Windows Server 2012 R2* KB4012213 or KB4012216
    ********* Windows 10 x86* KB4012606
    ********* Windows 10 x64* KB4012606
    ********* Windows 10 version 1511 x86 KB4013198
    ********* Windows 10 version 1511 x64 KB4013198
    ********* Windows 10 version 1607 x86 KB4013429
    ********* Windows 10 version 1607 x64 KB4013429
    ********* Windows Server 2016 KB4013429

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