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Windows 7: UK Police warn SERIOUS RANSOMWARE attack against UK users


16 Nov 2013   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
UK Police warn SERIOUS RANSOMWARE attack against UK users

Hi there
Just seen this so if you are using a UK provider or even visiting the UK and using public services take note of this warning issued by UK police. (Target at WINDOWS users).

BBC News - Police warn of 'ransom' spam targeting UK users

Cheers
jimbo

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16 Nov 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Already covered here ..Crypto Locker ransomware
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16 Nov 2013   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
I missed that - however I think my title is a bit more "meaningful" for a lot of people especially as the POLICE are now involved and have issued a public warning.

Cheers
jimbo
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16 Nov 2013   #4

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

A handy little Tool that prevents this from one of our Malware Experts at another Forum i volunteer on...

CryptoPrevent | Computer Technician - PC Repair Software |Foolish IT LLC
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16 Nov 2013   #5

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there.

Solutions are always GOOD but the FIRST priority is to warn people that the threat even EXISTS in the first place. !!!

A recent (slightly OT but possibly relevant in some way) was the world's response to the recent disaster in the Philippines -- everybody was so busy trying to raise funds and send TV crews etc out to these places that people totally lost sight of WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND WHAT WAS THE BEST RESPONSE - like get heavy gear on site to open airports and clear roads, get a unified command structure in place with some Law and Order around and there were literally loads and loads of people around from everywhere all doing their own thing.

There was loads of totally UNUSEABLE or inappropriate aid sent such as who can use a lot of Canned stuff which usually needs some form of cooking when there is totally NO FUEL, NO POWER, or NO TOOLS / EQUIPMENT on which to even do the cooking. In addition TV crews, journalists and sorry to say some "Twitterati" type Tourists all got on to these sites and were probably consuming what little power, accommodation and fuel that was actually left -- I've long since thought there are too many "Big names", Politicians and "Corporate" sponsors involved with Aid relief -- I trust people like Medecins Sans Frontiers, The Jesuit missions (you don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate some of the basic work these people do in difficult circumstances) , the Salvation Army etc etc - rather than various Politicians getting involved with this stuff. I despair sometimes when I see how much of people's generous donations etc are totally wasted because the basic Logistics aren't set up properly in the first place.

The point being you need to ASSESS the situation and THEN you can try and fix it -- if people are unaware that the problem exists in the first place then the best solutions in the world won't help.

(As far as Aid is concerned cast your minds back to HAITI -- Aid was left ROTTING in distribution centres simply because the Airport wasn't opened for DAYS nor were the Roads cleared).

I'd feel REALLY CHEATED as a Donor if this is what happened to the money I'd contributed.

Cheers
jimbo
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16 Nov 2013   #6

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Not at all relevant Jimbo....certainly one of your more obscure analogies.
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17 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

If the police know about the "serious" ransomware, why don't they do something about it? After all, the intelligence agencies monitor everyone for all practical purposes, that includes hackers. Knowing that the CryptoLocker operation requires command & control servers (C&C), why don't they take down and/or block the IP of the C&C servers? Doing so would be a good PR for M5, NSA, and others, if they'd actually do something useful for the general public...

Instead of taking action, they just warn the general public that is mostly incapable to do much to prevent CryptoLocker taking over their system. Your tax dollars, pounds, etc., at work I guess...
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17 Nov 2013   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

They already have programs to prevent infection, so long as your system has not already been infected...

CryptoPrevent - Protect Windows from Cryptolocker Infections - Technibble
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17 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
They already have programs to prevent infection, so long as your system has not already been infected...

CryptoPrevent - Protect Windows from Cryptolocker Infections - Technibble
True, but...

You seems to forget that the CryptoLocker requires installing a root-kit, that the CryptoPrevent does not block. Once the root-kit is in place, reversing the CryptoPrevent changes to the policy is simple, through the CryptoPrevent interface.

Not to mention that the CryptoPrevent needs to be updated rather frequently and automated update only available with the licensed version. Most people will opt for the free version and not update when it is available, effectively they may have false sense of protection.
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17 Nov 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

I believe this would work better HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - SurfRight

better protection and is free ..
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