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May 12, 2017 15:19 |  #1

This is an informative warning & advice for all who browse internet, open emails and use social media services.

Please disconnect the network, back up all your files (photos, videos, documents) to external drives, then disconnect all devices where the backups exist, then reconnect to the network.

Why? Because all your work is valuable.

A large scale ransomware attack is going on, see
https://arstechnica.co​m …down-computers-worldwide/ (external link)


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May 12, 2017 15:29 |  #2

Can you make this more visible? Seems important!


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May 12, 2017 15:39 |  #3

Must admit I normally dismiss these sort of posts as alarmist, but seeing whats happening here in the UK , I think this is one to take note of and take all possible measures to protect your data.

Of course this is a Windows only issue and non updated version at that.


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May 12, 2017 15:44 |  #4

Chet wrote in post #18353101 (external link)
Can you make this more visible? Seems important!

Added an alert (reminder).


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May 12, 2017 15:46 |  #5

Some good info about some possible ways to remove that ransomware if you are one of the infected:
https://www.pcrisk.com …des/10942-wcry-ransomware (external link)


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May 12, 2017 15:47 |  #6

We got a guy at work get hit with something like this 2 years ago and because we had him mapped to our drive on the server it wiped out all of our data. Fortunately/unfortunat​ely we had a backup but it was a week old so we lost data from the previous week.

I use backblaze and I wonder how they handle this situation... what if an attack occured they wouldn't upload the broken file would they?


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May 12, 2017 15:53 |  #7

Thanks, Pekka.


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May 12, 2017 15:57 |  #8

Buy a Mac NOW

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Hard drives are so cheap now I just makes too much sense to have multiple copies of everything.

Good luck my, MS buddies.


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May 12, 2017 16:09 |  #9

PRINT your work! If its not printed, it doesn't exist!!!!!


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May 12, 2017 16:09 |  #10

Let's not make this a flamewar about OSs, please. Whatever the system, backups are essential.


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May 12, 2017 16:13 |  #11

Pekka wrote in post #18353130 (external link)
Let's not make this a flamewar about OSs, please. Whatever the system, backups are essential.

My apologies, Pekka. I'll delete my OT post. Of course you are correct.




  
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May 12, 2017 16:17 |  #12

I think the folks who perpetrate this kind of stuff should be treated with a sufficient amount of succinylcholine to insure they don't try this again.




  
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May 12, 2017 16:22 |  #13

will keep in mind, thanks


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May 12, 2017 16:25 |  #14

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18353120 (external link)
Buy a Mac NOW

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Hard drives are so cheap now I just makes too much sense to have multiple copies of everything.

Good luck my, MS buddies.

This attack could not have affected Mac OS?


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May 12, 2017 16:42 |  #15

Bassat wrote in post #18353138 (external link)
I think the folks who perpetrate this kind of stuff should be treated with a sufficient amount of succinylcholine to insure they don't try this again.

One easy way to stop these would be making Bitcoin and all its derivatives illegal globally. Anonymous payment target is what makes ransomware possible.


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