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This week, we continue our ongoing ransomware discussion with the Inside Out Security Show panel – Kilian Englert, Mike Buckbee, and Mike Thompson.
But before we launched into our conversation, as an icebreaker, I asked the panel what their advice would be to this tired sysadmin who deleted the wrong directory on the wrong server?
Buckbee: Do exactly what they did to fix the problem.
Englert: It happens, just have to recover and move on.
Thompson: Always take a snapshot before touching your production server.
Here is what happens when you allow your employees to work long hours pic.twitter.com/QMgoaWpKYY
— wir wussten nichts? (@c089) February 1, 2017
Back to Ransomware
I likened this singular, life-changing malware to Emperor Palpatine. Why? The scammers try to be your friend and provide customer support. Meanwhile, they’re clever about extorting money from you.
There were a few interesting ransomware stories that we covered:
- An IT pro that tried to fight back by sending the perpetrators a Locky ransomware. We’re not certain if it was a success, but at least he tried
- One hijacked a hotel from making new hotel keys
- Police storage devices that record video data were infected
- The scariest of them all, Google Play hosted a ransomware app that infected a user’s cell phone
Moving away from ransomware, we also discussed these controversial stories:
- Android VPNs don’t really encrypt
- Backups of backups – pressing delete doesn’t fully delete your data
- US can’t just seize data
Tool of the week: Google’s Site Reliability Engineering