Stupid hackers. We hate them. Ransomware – Part 1 Listen in as we talk about the Colonial Pipeline. Spoiler: we do manage to go the whole show without saying “we told you so.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/15/welcome-to-darkside-and-the-inexorable-rise-of-ransomware https://www.axios.com/hackers-darkside-shutting-down-colonial-pipeline-6e11766f-3d41-438a-9e21-dc06d1c3816f.html
Scumbag jerky hackers and ransom-ware. We hates them. Hostageware on the rise And yet, they don’t go away! So, what happened this time? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/10/us-government-warns-of-imminent-ransomware-attacks-against-hospitals/ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hospitals-being-hit-in-coordinated-targeted-ransomware-attack-from-russian-speaking-criminals/ar-BB1auEpi?ocid=uxbndlbing https://www.zdnet.com/article/first-death-reported-following-a-ransomware-attack-on-a-german-hospital/ Also, if you saw the lights in the Maui sky the other night but don’t know what they were? https://mauinow.com/2020/10/25/cluster-of-mysterious-lights-observed-across-maui/
Computer piracy is probably more common than people admit. Especially in the business world. All those companies have tons of money, so no problem, right? Sorry, afraid not. Yarrr! Its illegal! Obviously, yeah. You want to save some money, but it could get you in trouble with the law. Employees (especially disgruntled ex-employees), even customers who know you’re pirating can actually report you with the possibility of getting a cash reward/bounty if you get busted. nopiracy.org The fines can be pretty bad (they’ve got rewards to pay out). https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/software-piracy-claims-can-ruin-your-business-and-reward-those-responsible/ While unlikely, a software vendor could possibly request an audit to make sure you’re in compliance. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/09/01/beware-the-bsa.aspx Its not safe! Trojans, malware, and viruses oh my! Many common programs have inexpensive alternatives, even free/open-source ones. LibreOffice or OpenOffice (OSS). GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus for some of Creative Cloud. Affinity and others for cheap. Do you really NEED the big fancy name software? Being paid/legit means you can get support from the company. Important for updates. Important for compliance within your industry (HIPPA).
Our friends at OfficeMax/Office Depot in Kahului have given us a family sized prize for our next drawing! Protecting your PC! Why is this relevant? Why, we’re talking about backups and protecting your computing devices!
We continue on state-sponsored shenanigans. When governments decide they want to mess with computers, they can afford the best and brightest to do their work for them. Cyberattacks – Part 2 That’s kind of scary. So, what’s to be done? What can you look for, if anything? We talk about this and more!
Backups! – Part 1 What do you do with your computer? What would you lose if it went away? How many hours of work? Can you put a dollar value on it? Yes, its time for backups 101, 2018 edition! We go over the basics and update you on some of the newer things happening in the world of backups. Are you safe?
More Backups! – Part 2 What happens to your data when your computer ends up here? Did you back up? Do you have backups? You DO have backups, right? We continue backups 101, discussing how, good practices, and more.
State of Malware – Part 1 What are the baddies up to? What’s the newest malware going around? Are there oldies getting an update and making the rounds again? Join Jonathan and LD as they talk about the current state of malware!
State of Malware – Part 2 Malware is an ever changing monster, finding new ways to be bad. That’s why we sometimes have to take a look around and examine what the state of malware is at any given point! Join Jonathan and LD as they look into the current state of malware today!
Malware Happenings In the “this is why we can’t have nice things” department, the business of malware is ever evolving. Jonathan brings us up to speed on some of the new developments in malware that the bad guys have come up with, plus some of what can be done about it. The good news is they’re moving away from hostage/ransom-ware. The bad news is they haven’t gotten real jobs yet.
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