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Old 12-11-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Does anyone else feel like the idiot who clicked on that lonk needs to be held responsible for this mess? At least partially?

Isn't it common knowledge and practice to NOT click on links unless you are certain you know the sender's identity? Even then, hover over the sender's name to see if it's legit. Then check the link. This just seems like 101-level stuff when dealing with email links these days.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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You assume that the county employs individuals that possess common sense. My guess is that there are at least a few on the county payroll whose elevator doesn't go to the top floor.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tega Cay, SC
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Fire the person that downloaded the attachment and watch how quickly the other employees acquire common sense.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Does anyone else feel like the idiot who clicked on that lonk needs to be held responsible for this mess? At least partially?

Isn't it common knowledge and practice to NOT click on links unless you are certain you know the sender's identity? Even then, hover over the sender's name to see if it's legit. Then check the link. This just seems like 101-level stuff when dealing with email links these days.
no, it's actually common to click on a link because it's a link. It happens all the time because most folks are just programmed to click on anything that looks like a hot link.
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Old 12-14-2017, 03:14 AM
 
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Ransom ware is fairly common in the workplace. What is unusual about this case is that it infiltrated not one but multiple servers and that it was down for considerably longer than it would take to pull from backups indicates a severe flaw in their disaster recovery planning and the competence of their IT staff
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Old 12-14-2017, 03:18 AM
 
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Also clicking the link is not what installs the malware. If you ever see a pop up that says you have a virus after clicking a link, don't hit OK. If you can't close the window by hitting x it is safer just to shut down and reboot your PC. If it pops up again is when you contact IT
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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no, it's actually common to click on a link because it's a link. It happens all the time because most folks are just programmed to click on anything that looks like a hot link.

Well, making them pay for some of the costs to restore the systems will un-program them in a big hurry. But, who cares. It's not their money.
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Old 12-16-2017, 10:41 PM
 
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no, it's actually common to click on a link because it's a link. It happens all the time because most folks are just programmed to click on anything that looks like a hot link.
It's common for most folks to click on links? Well, P. T. Barnum supposedly suggested "There's a sucker born every minute". Alternatively, some other folks have common sense challenges, lower than average intellect, etc. Apparently, one clicker still works on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg taxpayers.
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