Author Topic: That ransomware attack  (Read 15818 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #150 on: June 27, 2017, 06:50:03 pm »
Ukrainian government and key industries, also Westminster: you have to wonder if the purpose is purely financial?
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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #151 on: June 27, 2017, 07:15:28 pm »
Ukrainian government and key industries, also Westminster: you have to wonder if the purpose is purely financial?

The attack at the weekend on the parliamentary email system was a completely different beast to today's global ransomware attack - you can't lump the two together beyond them both being "cyber".

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/25/cyber-attack-on-uk-parliament-russia-is-suspected-culprit

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And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #152 on: June 27, 2017, 07:17:36 pm »
Surely these things don't specifically target anyone except those who leave their systems vulnerable to attack?
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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #153 on: June 27, 2017, 07:21:11 pm »
Surely these things don't specifically target anyone except those who leave their systems vulnerable to attack?

They don't "target" anyone at all. This one's pernicious because once on a network, it can spread by itself, without... ahem... "help".

Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #154 on: June 28, 2017, 08:54:13 am »
Is nothing sacred?

Queen Elizabeth vulnerable to cyber-attack

Mark Deller, commander air, said

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“We are a very sanitised procurement train. I would say compared to the NHS buying computers off the shelf, I would think we are probably better than that. If you think more Nasa and less NHS you are probably in the right place. If the Chinese want to flood the market with a particular widget and they put £30m into it, one will eventually get through to the defence procurement chain. We have got people looking at stuff like this all the time.
Sic transit and all that..

Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #155 on: June 28, 2017, 09:25:59 am »
Apparently this was targeted, and not for cash.

I heard reported that the malicious code was very complex, professionally written with multiple target vectors. By contrast the ransom code is slipshod, indicating lack of interest.

I wonder who would have expertise in malicious code and a grudge against Ukrainians? Can't think of anyone that fits that description.

Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #156 on: June 28, 2017, 09:33:00 am »
Apparently this was targeted, and not for cash.

I heard reported that the malicious code was very complex, professionally written with multiple target vectors. By contrast the ransom code is slipshod, indicating lack of interest.

I wonder who would have expertise in malicious code and a grudge against Ukrainians? Can't think of anyone that fits that description.

https://www.wired.com/story/russian-hackers-attack-ukraine/

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #157 on: June 28, 2017, 11:29:06 am »
More so when you appreciate that two prime targets, the USA and the UK are both in political turmoil.  In both cases that turmoil may well have been augmented by the efforts of the Kremlin. Governments in turmoil are not going to act in a concerted fashion about anything that is not immediately necessary to stay in government.  Happy days for the Kremlin.
Sic transit and all that..

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And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #159 on: June 28, 2017, 01:11:59 pm »
I wonder if The Maybot has been infected yet ?

Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #160 on: June 28, 2017, 02:22:24 pm »
Ukrainian government and key industries, also Westminster: you have to wonder if the purpose is purely financial?

The attack at the weekend on the parliamentary email system was a completely different beast to today's global ransomware attack - you can't lump the two together beyond them both being "cyber".

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/25/cyber-attack-on-uk-parliament-russia-is-suspected-culprit

Our Defence Secretary seems to think 'cyber' is a noun
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So here was yet more evidence that cyber is a truly global phenomenon
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/defence-secretarys-speech-at-cyber-2017-chatham-house-conference

Why on earth the G'ment email users were not locked out of their accounts after 3 incorrect password attempts, I do not know*

*Actually I can guess, imagining scenes from Yes Minister.
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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #161 on: June 28, 2017, 04:20:51 pm »
I wonder if The Maybot has been infected yet ?

A strong and stable attack of the brexitmeansbrexit worm complicated by a DUP contagion.  Symptoms are a weak and wobbliness.
Sic transit and all that..

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #162 on: June 28, 2017, 06:09:09 pm »
Our highly-esteemed and perennially thirsty defence secretary is so in need of a prolonged consultation with the Cluebat that he wants to use the RAF to go after "hackers".  Even if they had any spare aircraft, this does not strike me as a good use of resources.
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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #163 on: June 28, 2017, 06:51:48 pm »
He never said that use of military force in response to a cyber attack on the UK was the sole option.

Though using special forces to sneak into a perp's house and leave a couple of fish fillets wrapped around the CPU heatsink in their computer has a certain appeal.

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And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #164 on: July 01, 2017, 01:09:49 am »
This is rather good

Hitler Reacts to Not-Petya

http://www.captiongenerator.com/587032/Hitler-Reacts-to-Not-Petya

Morat

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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #165 on: July 03, 2017, 11:23:50 pm »
Strangely enough, even my Chairman (the least technical person I think I have ever met) sent me an email saying I should do some employee testing on reaction to dodgy emails.
So after a little Googling I came up with this https://getgophish.com/ and ooh boy did poop hit the propeller.
It's a pretty funky little tool if you want to have a play with it :)
Just beware that people would rather be told they're bad at driving or sex than be told they really shouldn't have clicked that link. Or so it seemed last week :O
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Re: That ransomware attack
« Reply #166 on: July 04, 2017, 11:54:00 am »
I'm not clicking that link at work.  ;)

But I might pass it on to MrsC for use where she works. Could be useful.
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