#1
FYI, Cyber criminals are getting more and more crafty these days and their malicious attacks are becoming harder to distinguish from legitimate websites and emails. My friend recently experienced this and the ransomware took control of his computer and even encrypt his hard drive, even tried to extort money from him.

is this really possible? How can we avoid these attacks?
#4
don't be the biggest idiot in the world.

Tell your friend he's the biggest in the world. You're safe until your friend dies and you becomes biggest idiot in the world by default
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#8
anti virus/malware etc. programs.


Mostly by not being an idiot.
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#10
I hear there's this great new thing called "INTERNET SECURITY". It mostly consists of not being a dumbass on the internet.
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I hear there's this great new thing called "INTERNET SECURITY". It mostly consists of not being a dumbass on the internet.

It's mr. Dumbass for you.
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#13
Download less midget tranny cuckhold porn and you wont have these problems.
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It's mr. Dumbass for you.

That would imply I have respect for dumbasses. I don't.
#15
Send me $500 and I'll tell you...
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FYI, Cyber criminals are getting more and more crafty these days and their malicious attacks are becoming harder to distinguish from legitimate websites and emails. My friend recently experienced this and the ransomware took control of his computer and even encrypt his hard drive, even tried to extort money from him.

is this really possible? How can we avoid these attacks?

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I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my computer go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.


This is an alternative.
#18
Like others have said, it's mostly just a matter of not going to sleazy websites.

If you are on some site with ads all over the page and lots of popups, you should probably leave immediately. The less professional the website looks, the higher a risk it probably is.

Also, if you do a lot of online shopping you might want to get a different computer to do it on and keep your less secure stuff like browsing porn sites on another machine. Keyloggers can easily screw you around, and you really need to protect yourself from some asshole getting your personal information like an e-mail password and credit card info.
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#19
Keep daily backups; the thought of ransomware is pretty scary tbh.

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#20
I think it will be so obvious if someone would want to extort. I am wondering why your friend ended up in such situation. Is he a minor?
#22
i would recommend making contact with the police. you'll have to be discreet, as sometimes the enemy gets really sensitive and trigger happy when they see that. You'll probably have to get the villain on the phone for more than thirty seconds so that the cops can get a trace. Make sure that you sounds emotionally traumatised, but not to the extent that you become hysterical.

Depending on how quickly the conversation is, you'll recieve information on where to meet, either through the phone call, or a letter that has magazine letters cut and pasted


Make sure the police are aware of the situation. at this point, the police might drop out to a more 'backup' cops. it's likely that SWAT is going to be in charge of the operation, and depending on how serious it is, maybe even FBI.

you'll ave an earpiece and a mic, both hidden. be as calm as possible to not alert the perpetrator. Be aware of what is around you, but don't make it obvious that you are scanning the location for quick exits, the SWAT team in civvies, or even other criminals who might be in on it.

don't do what the guy in that one Bourne film where matt damon is telling him where the bad guys are and the guy thinks its the janitor and it isn't and then he gets shot from one of the actual bad people.

from that point onward, you just gotta play it by ear. Don't trust anyone unless you are able to verify that they are on your side.

good luck out there
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#23
Don't open or install anything unless you KNOW what it is.

It really is just that simple.
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#28
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anti virus/malware etc. programs.


Mostly by not being an idiot.

Many people who were affected by cryptowall in the first few months had good antivirus.

The best defense is a non-automatic backup. Automatic backups are BAD against cryptowall and other ransomwares because it searches your network for ANY drives and encrypts them. So that external you have backing up your drive will get locked up too if its switched on and plugged in.

I can remove crpytowall (even 2.0) pretty easily, but your files will still be garbled junk. But if you have good backups I can get your computer back to normal like nothing ever happened.
#29
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Many people who were affected by cryptowall in the first few months had good antivirus.

The best defense is a non-automatic backup. Automatic backups are BAD against cryptowall and other ransomwares because it searches your network for ANY drives and encrypts them. So that external you have backing up your drive will get locked up too if its switched on and plugged in.

I can remove crpytowall (even 2.0) pretty easily, but your files will still be garbled junk. But if you have good backups I can get your computer back to normal like nothing ever happened.


Agreed. It doesn't matter how good your antivirus is, it can't always protect against 0-day exploits. Heuristics do work, but not at 100%.

A proper automatic backup scheme pulls the data from the satellite systems instead of having the satellites push to the server, that way even if a satellite system is compromised it doesn't have sufficient rights to encrypt and corrupt the server. That's how both my home network and work network are set up, and although I'm not so bold as to think it's unbeatable, it's pretty effective.
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#30
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Agreed. It doesn't matter how good your antivirus is, it can't always protect against 0-day exploits. Heuristics do work, but not at 100%.

A proper automatic backup scheme pulls the data from the satellite systems instead of having the satellites push to the server, that way even if a satellite system is compromised it doesn't have sufficient rights to encrypt and corrupt the server. That's how both my home network and work network are set up, and although I'm not so bold as to think it's unbeatable, it's pretty effective.

Yeah some ways are better. But most people just have a regular old external hard drive or a thumb drive that they use for the stuff they really care about, i.e. pictures and documents.

Another issue could be, even with your schematic, copying the cryptowall files and putting them back on your PC. Though even if that were to occur it would merely be an annoyance and you'd still eventually get back online as normal.