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Old 10-17-2020, 06:12 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by hazel View Post
I think there is an important difference between an office server and a home desktop or laptop machine. Ransomware attacks on home computers are unlikely to be profitable because most home users don't have access to bitcoin and don't have the money to pay large ransoms anyway. Malware for the home user is far more likely to take the form of a keylogger to steal banking passwords or a back door to turn the machine into part of a botnet for spamming or for ddos attacks.
True, but keep in mind that malware that is thrown out into the wild to spread and hit fortune-500 companies does not know or care that it just found a $400 laptop owned by someone living week to week. It just does what it was designed to do, trashed and encrypts files and reports "home". If it is your laptop, you may know that you were not the target but you are still screwed. In that moment it pays to have backups of anything critical. It pays to know how to reload your machine. (And it never hurts to have a friend or two that live in tech space and can help, and who home in LinuxQuestions!!)
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read somewhere that scammers use bad spelling as a sort of filter: ...
"pron" being the classic example.

.. if you're able to recognize these errors it's very likely that you won't fall for the scam anyhow.
Read somewhere that if the intended victims are very literate, they tend to get overconfident and slack.

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TSB Bank emails seem to be my latest scams, I closed my account with them ages ago and the email is telling me a new mobile app has been set up to access my account so it's been locked, click here to verify who you are etc....

And one to my moble phone witha link to click, luckily my 2G phone cannot access the internet so I can't click it!!
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I had an interesting phone call yesterday. It was the usual "Your internet access will be cut off from tomorrow unless you press button 1" but it wasn't in the usual American accent. Instead it was in a very upper class British accent (what we used to call an Oxford accent) in a deep masculine voice. Like a butler.

I wonder where they found him.
Old 10-17-2020, 10:48 AM   #35
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^ Stereotypes of aristocrats fallen on hard times come to mind...

Originally Posted by GPGAgent View Post
luckily my 2G phone cannot access the internet
Not entirely true.
It doesn't come with a web browser you can use, but 2G is networking and this phone _can_ access the internet.
I also learned recently that there's no GSM without 2G.
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Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
I wonder how many real-world scenarios are like this: you know there's something bad on the network, but you cannot find and squash it, even with "specialists" and antivirus - until you decide to scrap it all and start from scratch - such drastic measures!
All this happened with antivirus software (norton) running and up to date. Before that, ESET was installed for several years with no or minor problems.

The IT guy told me some horror stories. He was even asked to support windows 98 networks with old and failing hardware (not my company hopefully), because some people think that hardware and software are lasting forever and they can provide professional services this manner!! Of course, backup is almost unknown to them.
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If someone wants to go to the trouble of hacking into my Debian box and encrypting it for ransom, perhaps it's possible, but I wouldn't pay them anything even if I had the money. I don't think it's possible (certainly not probable) but I would be interested to see an attempt. Everything I care about is backed up to multiple locations, both locally and in the cloud. It's not that hard to reinstall Linux and get it up and running.


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