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  # 1781656 13-May-2017 14:36
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Geektastic: "the ransomware exploits a vulnerability in Windows"

How to protect yourself? Hmmmmm.

Hello, welcome to Mac OSX....

 

 

 

No OS is immune to exploits.





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  # 1781667 13-May-2017 15:06
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"This is an important issue though not sure it is in the right place."

 

 

 

I suppose the moderator will move it.

 

I posted it there because I think its important for people to know that only they themselves can protect themselves from crime.

 

The government isn't going to do it.

 

We are more vulnerable than before.

 

I received a reply back from the Privacy Commissioner about the public listing against me, but because I am bankrupted I've lost a lot of my privacy rights and legal rights.

 

I do hope this is an important issue for people, then I know that people care about our country and our right to freedom.

 

Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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Rikkitic:... Just keep regular backups and restore as necessary. No problem.
Isn't that bald statement a bit simplistic, for example the backup should not be accessible via one's network?


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  # 1781674 13-May-2017 15:24
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How can you tell if your PC has the patch or not?





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  # 1781675 13-May-2017 15:25
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Ford:

 

 

 

I do hope this is an important issue for people, then I know that people care about our country and our right to freedom.

 

Ford

 

 

As long as it is here I will reply here. It is an important issue for me. I think officialdom in this country (not limited to any specific government) has a very cavalier attitude towards personal privacy and I am very much opposed to that. More and more information gets collected, often for no other reason than its own sake, and more and more gets exposed through sloppiness and crappy software, though somehow it is never anyone's fault. I don't see why being bankrupt should be a license to throw you to the hacker lions of the world. It smacks of the poorhouse or being tied to a rock for the vultures or being placed in stocks so people can throw tomatoes at you. Going broke is bad enough, though it can be the mark of a very capable entrepreneur simply going through a bad patch. In any case, I don't see the justification for the added humiliation. This is not how civilised societies treat people.

 

 





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  # 1781678 13-May-2017 15:30
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kiwifidget:

 

How can you tell if your PC has the patch or not?

 

 

If you have automatic updates turned on, you should have it. One way is just to download it for your computer and try to install it. Here is the link

 

 





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  # 1781679 13-May-2017 15:32
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lapimate:

 

Isn't that bald statement a bit simplistic, for example the backup should not be accessible via one's network?

 

 

Sure. [insert common sense here]

 

 

 

 





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  # 1781684 13-May-2017 15:53
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Fred99:

160,000 infections @ US$300 = US$48 million in ransomware demands.


If 10% pay, then that's enough to retire on.



Retirement plan sorted. All I need now is to learn how to actually do it. Anyone want to go halves? 😎





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  # 1781702 13-May-2017 16:35
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With what? Your prison sentence?

 

 





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  # 1781717 13-May-2017 17:39
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lapimate:

 

Isn't that bald statement a bit simplistic, for example the backup should not be accessible via one's network?

 

 

To me a backup is only a backup if it's offsite, offline, and incremental. Anything else is a copy. Most cloud backup tools are online, so I class them as a copy, though the ones that have incremental / versioning are pretty good.




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  # 1781720 13-May-2017 18:03
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Does this ransomware thing infect across networks by itself (ie without user copying files or touching it)





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  # 1781722 13-May-2017 18:22
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timmmay:

 

 

 

To me a backup is only a backup if it's offsite, offline, and incremental. Anything else is a copy. Most cloud backup tools are online, so I class them as a copy, though the ones that have incremental / versioning are pretty good.

 

 

 

 

And if you want to go back 1 version, then you need to have accessible your full and all incrementals since.

 

Reverse Incrementals is where it's at.





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  # 1781725 13-May-2017 18:31
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And people wonder why the FBI didn't unlock the iPhone for the FBI


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  # 1781726 13-May-2017 18:32
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quickymart:

 

Well, I'm running XP so I guess I'm kinda screwed then...no patch for me I guess.

 

You're either winding people up by saying that on a technology community or you're actually serious. If you're serious then please send me that PC so I can sledgehammer it.

 

 

No, I'm serious. Owing to having children I can't afford to upgrade the OS, and it will be staying like that for a while, unfortunately. And it's my main desktop machine so it won't be going anywhere for some time.


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  # 1781744 13-May-2017 19:21
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right so enough of the off topic chat...how do i check that i have the patch or not?

 

does the normal malware/virus protection stop this or is it an inherit windows exploit? how do you actually get infected with this virus?

 

 

 

if files are placed in a google drive folder on a PC will the google drive get infected too or can i just reinstall and get the files back from google drive that way?


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