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Ransomware scammers: Won’t pay? We'll put your data on the internet

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interesting new twist

on the plus side - if that happens you get your data back!

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Re: interesting new twist

My first thoughts exactly. Considering I have only very few things on most devices I would not like others to see (travelling internationally does that to you "why, yes, Sir, here is my phone and my laptop, no, I do not mind if you copy the data...")

What was it somebody said (way back)? Backups are for losers, the pros let the web mirror their stuff? (along those lines, anyway).

Changing the numbers and stuff seems like too much work, I feel this is an automated machinery...

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Re: interesting new twist

@Prst. V.Jeltz

My exact thoughts, beat me to the post ;-} And if you have nothing special to hide, who would want your data except you?

Glad my data doesn't live in Winbox.

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Re: interesting new twist

Obviously the ability to perpetrate this stuff is moving down the IQ scale

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Re: interesting new twist

Okay, bad idea. What if we threaten to hit ourselves on the head with rocks?

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Re: interesting new twist

>For example, confidential company spreadsheets could have the exact values altered, rendering them useless for accounts, but useful enough to expose the financial working of the company in question.

That would be a lot of effort for the scammers. Even just looking through these TBs of data looking for something that *might* be embarrassing, and then somehow advertising it to a very bored internet would be a lot of effort for very little chance of reward.

As the researchers suggest, it is mostly an idle threat meant to scare people into giving them coins. It is far, far easier to make the threat than to carry it out.

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Dear Scammers

In your tenacity you have just uploaded a trojan from my machine - please empty your Bitcoin account into mine before I expose your dirty washing, and location, on the web.

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Does this imply Chimera will be targeting MPs?

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unsurprising

Presumably, in the future, there will be an assertion at what is more damaging to users: stealing their files or publishing them ?

I see nothing unusual, here, in the grand scheme of cyber-criminality: pressing people to pay, by any means ...

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With any luck

the perps will be found and executed. That's the best defense against future blackmail.

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Why is everyone so desperate to see my dick picks!

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That's what I was thinking...

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Well, we all heard the rumours about that thing at that place with, you know... (nudge nudge, wink wink)

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Oh Really

I do freelance graphics and my Archived Projects as well as live take up about 10TB (all backed up on removable disks I will add). I think I'd notice the traffic going the wrong way and it would give me plenty of time to work out where the data was going....

I hope they have a 'totally unlimited scammers package' - could cost them a lot of money otherwise.

Bring it on.

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Re: Oh Really

Not unless they use YOUR machine to do all the uploading. Then YOU'LL get hit with the overage bill. Did anyone consider that the ransomware could use the victim's own machine to do the uploading?

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Re: Oh Really

Not unless they use YOUR machine to do all the uploading. Then YOU'LL get hit with the overage bill. Did anyone consider that the ransomware could use the victim's own machine to do the uploading?

I'm guessing that was meant as a joke?

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I wonder?

The question to me is 'are these the M$ users that broke their cloud'. In that case Good Job!! Now we know who the NSA is really working for.

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Upload away losers!

99.9% of the people that view the data won't care who's it is, they'll just be cheering, "YAY! Free porn!"

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Move my files to the cloud?

Over what speed link?

Good luck with that.

Also... VMWare + host network share = no local files of any importance even on the "local" pc.

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Re: Move my files to the cloud?

Many malwares can traverse networks, meaning your host share and its contents will be vulnerable, too.

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Bah!

Which is another reason for encrypting the data in the first place.

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Well..

compromised Windows PCs

Enough said..

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Re: Well..

@Ac

Well, sure, but if you want to compromise Linux on the desktop you can just break into both houses where it's being used and steal their hard disks.

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Re: Well..

@LucreLout

The OS/2 Jokes are over this way.

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