Cryptolocker .... not good all

Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: Involute On: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:20 pm

Interesting. I just got a text on my iPhone this morning from an unknown address - something about a scan and a link to open (which I deleted). Sounds similar to the description in the article.
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:33 pm

I'm shopping for a new iMac and I might go for the solid state drive (SSD) which has no moving parts and is much more reliable than a standard hard drive. Still costly but price has been going down every year.
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:15 pm

I'd love a SSD. I would still probably need a big external drive for the terra bytes of crap I accumulate :lol:
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: Yanche On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:07 am

I long ago move my data storage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with RAID for single hardware disk failure recovery. Since the NAS does not use the Windows file system it's not effected by this types of virus.

It's clear security on the Internet will continue to be a ever growing concern. Very, very computer savvy programers are making lots of money coding these tools. These developers are not doing the crimes themselves but are selling the software to others that do. It's impossible to catch them without insider info. The recent Target point of sale data compromise has awaken many. Look for many changes in credit card industry and new products to protect the individual. What's likely to evolve are devices that you use only for Web browsing. All your other computer uses will be isolated and not having any connection to the Internet.
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:42 am

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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:37 am

Yanche wrote:I long ago move my data storage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with RAID for single hardware disk failure recovery. Since the NAS does not use the Windows file system it's not effected by this types of virus..


That's something I hadn't considered. I know my NAS runs under Linux which it self wouldn't be affected by the virus but as others have said, when you do a backup, you are backing up an infected file.

What's the answer? How does one avoid this scenario?
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: Yanche On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:32 pm

jpete wrote:
Yanche wrote:I long ago move my data storage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with RAID for single hardware disk failure recovery. Since the NAS does not use the Windows file system it's not effected by this types of virus..


That's something I hadn't considered. I know my NAS runs under Linux which it self wouldn't be affected by the virus but as others have said, when you do a backup, you are backing up an infected file.

What's the answer? How does one avoid this scenario?

There is no one right full proof answer but isolation from what is connected to the Internet is one. Having a NAS with RAID configuration has protected me from lost data, both due to virus infection and drive hardware failure. I'm afraid a solution is going to get more complicated and expensive. It will require isolated networks or booting your computer's operating system from a read only CD. That way any malware can't be stored because there is no writable device to store it.
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:04 pm

Yanche wrote:I long ago move my data storage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with RAID for single hardware disk failure recovery. Since the NAS does not use the Windows file system it's not effected by this types of virus..




I back up to my NAS also.... And I don't and haven't ran an antivirus in over 10 years..... The only thing really important on my drives are family pictures. And there is a back up of them at work on a few usb thumb drives.
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Re: Cryptolocker .... not good all

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:24 pm

If you happened to get hit by this there is a solution. Apparently they rook down a bot net distributing this and were able to obtain the keys.

You can go to this page an upload one of your affected files and they will send you the key.
https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com/

More info here:
http://www.fireeye.com/blog/corporate/2 ... ption.html

Keep in mind this, it was defeated only becsue they were able to obtain the keys. Anybody that refused to pay or couldn't is a very lucky person at this point. This is going to happen again and the next victims may not be as lucky.

As the saying goes, "There is people that make backups and those that will."
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