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Malware-powered frauds that lock up victims' computers - or worse yet, encrypt files and force them to pay a fee to unlock their information - increased by 500 per cent during 2013, according to a study by Symantec. Symantec's latest global Internet Security Threat Report also revealed that targeted attack campaigns for the …

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Mushroom

Harrumph...

It's arseholes like these who make me reconsider my long-held opposition to Capital Punishment.

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Re: Harrumph...

Too good for them.

I suggest forced labour camps for these kind of people....

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Re: Capital punishment...

Too good for them.

Crucifixion's a doddle...

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Personal assistants and those working in public relations were the two most targeted professions, according to Symantec's report

The solution is obvious...

B Ark.

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I dunno about PAs - I've met PAs who do most of the job of the person they are PAing to, with said Important Person basically being a customer service rep for the operation, in effect.

Completely agree with marketint types, however. Although I think a B-Ark might be more expensive than my choice, which is just an AK47 and a good deal on bulk 7.62x39 rounds...

Steven R

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Pint

separate points of failure?

Perhaps this makes the use of a NAS and PC prerfeable? Especially if "copy-on-write" type filesystems can be enabled...

Of course, some care to hide NAS controls....

Just a thought, but would make a multiple target payload necessary....

P.

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Re: separate points of failure?

Reading a recent thread on here, it appears that Cryptolocker, at least, will happily encrypt not only your local drive, but any attached shares as well, so your idea wouldn't work.

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Re: Compared to

@Fray Way

Just an idea: GCHQ put up a site where you can upload an image of a locked drive and use it for decryption practice. If successful, you get an email with a link to the restored image, and a tutorial on cyber security.

Positive PR.

Waddythink?

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Anonymous Coward

Malware-powered cyber-espionage ..

Ban this LUnex maware from the InterTUBEs now !

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