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Old 03-29-2018, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Divided Tribes of America
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And this isn't new... Savannah was hit with the same/similar a couple months ago.
General Sherman’s ghost is apparently into hacking.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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Did they not do regular backups?
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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Did they not do regular backups?
Maybe. But often no. Companies and cities become overly concerned about cost, being unwilling to drop the 10K or so to do these sorts of backups. Plus IT has to manage this-which is another cost.

Its sort of like choosing to drive without car insurance. yeah maybe you are fine most of the time....but its still a dumb thing to do.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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And for those more geeky than I (and I'm pretty geeky)

Do you think this ransomware could have been down loaded to employees' personal devices if said employees worked on computers at home? When I was a teacher I could work on the school divison's intranet from home. It could get really interesting if the same SamSam program uploaded itself to personal systems.
I doubt this one was, but the scenario you present can happen depending on how the work environment is setup. If they just VPN in then it depends on the vpn. But most of these are via penetration of the system, and if you own someones computer who is remotely accessing a system, you can pretty much do anything you want to the remotely accessed system if the user has the rights.

So it would depend on WHO you had hacked.
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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City computers in Atlanta are being held hostage by a ransomware attack. For almost a week city employees can not access their computers. Citizens can not pay their municipal bills. Police are back to hand writing their reports and tickets.

Hackers are demanding $51,000.00 in Bitcoin in exchange for the city to regain access to their computers. However,

NYT

CNN

CNBC

This may be happening in Atlanta but, every city and every computer is subject to the same type of attack.
Hackers could bring this country to it's knees.
Though possibly unrelated, this is the kind of thing the Russian cyber-warfare unit has been working towards. A few years ago they shut down a television network in France, and they have recently been poking around the USA electrical grid.
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