Ransom Ripoff Saturday


In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

The malware worm taking over the computers goes by the names “WannaCry” or “Wanna Decryptor.” It spreads from machine to machine silently and remains invisible to users until it unveils itself as so-called ransomware, telling users that all their files have been encrypted with a key known only to the attacker and that they will be locked out until they pay $300 to an anonymous party using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. At this point, one’s computer would be rendered useless for anything other than paying said ransom. The price rises to $600 after a few days; after seven days, if no ransom is paid, the hacker (or hackers) will make the data permanently inaccessible (WannaCry victims will have a handy countdown clock to see exactly how much time they have left).

@ TI

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15 Responses to Ransom Ripoff Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Beware Microsnot users!

    Bitcoins are stupid currency as are the perpetrators thinking they won’t be caught, their end is near.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Don’t use Windows.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      Bitcoin, I’ve seen articles about that and how it has faded, or….WAIT!! I just remembered I watched a documentary about Bitcoin and I STILL don’t get it, therefore it will fade away, lol. Nobody gets it, rather the multitudes don’t.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Signed all of today’s petitions.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    The neighborhood California quail decided to fly up on my fence nearby. I had a good eye level view.


  4. Den says:

    I tore down the remaining fence and stacked it, damaged my wrist slamming it on concrete pushing on a prybar that let go too fast to react.

    For sale now on local FB group, maybe I can get some money for food/beer.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      Happy to see you’re still busy, a good sign, but hated to hear about your injury. 😦

      Hope you snag some bucks.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    The Old Post Office is stop 22 on the Pullman Arts Commission downtown walk. Took me 25 minutes on the sticks to arrive. Overcast but it doesn’t look like rain.


    • David B. Benson says:

      One of the tellys here was showing woman’s beach volleyball with 2 person teams. Looked to be so energetic that I stopped watching to avoid exhaustion.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Round trip was 53 minutes again. Saw a magpie, then a tiny EV and later 2 new hybrids followed by observing an unafraid field rabbit in the neighbor’s yard. Becoming sunnier.

      Day 7: 429+53=482 minutes and no aches.


  6. Den says:

    The ants won’t find me here:


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