111 posts • joined Wednesday 6th January 2010 07:28 GMT
Had my bag of fun with this piece of garbage.
The attack vector was something like this : luser allowed her son (against IT policy) to install and run games on her work laptop. I suspect her son caused the laptop to be infected with CL either by opening an email attachment or the such. It proceeded to encrypt every single .doc, .xls and the such files on said laptop.
Then it displayed its ransomware notice.
Her son tried to uninstall it, but panicked when it changed the desktop background to the infamous CL background bitmap.
He sbould've left it there, but he didn't, and downloaded (and reinfected the laptop) with CL accordingly to the instructions given.
Then mommy came to work with said laptop, plugged it into the network, and did some work.
Then she proceeded to phone me.
Worst day ever. I killed her connection, and had to restore from a backup... Luckily it was only her laptop, her home folder on the server and one directory with lots of .PDF, Word and Excel files affected - and the corruption didn't spread to the automated backups yet....
She was under the impression I could "google for a fix and way to remove it" .... Hopefully the loss of her photos and other (not backed up) documents on her laptop will make her think twice now....
Had to do a fresh windows install on a new HDD as I could not get rid of the CL trojan at all... Will probably format and reinstall that HDD at some later stage.
Going to introduce (and enforce) new, tougher IT policies next year. Lesson learnt.
Made my Friday better.
Gotta try this one day... <evil laugh>
Is this the beginning of the end?
Re: What's new?
How long does it take to collect the reading? Just a matter of pointing the instrument towards the meter, and off you go?
Here in Guptastan (formerly Gauteng) they do it the old-fashioned way - open the cover for inspection. Frequently the oke doing the inspection get his numbers mixed up, leading to billing chaos.
We email our 'leccy and water figures in to the loonicipal offices every month to avoid a cock-up on our bill.
George Orwell was spot on...
Rollback to 1984, and commit.
But what about the iPhone5 then?
If the factory itself struggles to produce scratch-free iPhones, then what'll happen should some poor sod plop his iPhone5 down for repairs?
Should be interesting "Shop scratched and ruined my iPhone5!!!"
Wot a daft idea. 'Ere, 'arf a brick at this idea.
They can implement self-expiring ebooks, but there will be ways and means to keep those books from expiring.
What a waste of money and time.
We need a Sparta smiley.
Ne'er-do-wells can jolly well take a hike!
On PC's you have to contend with trojans and viruses.
As if that isn't enough, you also have to contend with malware on smartphones...
A good old-fashioned two-stroke engine and generator to generate the neccessary juice?
Isn't 512Mb RAM a little on the skimpy side?
Re: But the question I want answering is
Most probably a bored Windows sysadmin, not having any work to do...
Well done. :)
Now... about that rickroll...
Excellent video and all that :) Especially the animations.
Hope the wee Sir will remember this for a long time to come :)
People should welcome negative comments posted truthfully as these will help them to offer a better service to the customer.
Any companies putting up blinkers when it comes to negative comments, deserve epic failure.
Of course, honesty is required when posting anything negative. If you had a bad experience, do post it, but don't embellish and make things up.
Also had one of these, and it was good :)
Great to see it was the favourite in 1983, although the chart (and its myriad colors) is a bit hard to follow. Maybe something interactive (a graph which "lights" up when you hover (or mousturbates) your mouse over a certain computer...
Is it possible to plot the demise of a couple of these favourites all the way from 1983 up until 1988?
Hobbit remake for PC
You can get the PC remake for The Hobbit at the above link.
Gollum start asking you riddles
Heh, this also take me back. Was one of the best (and frustrating) adventure games I've had... :)
Will introduce my kids to it.
History repeating itself?
IBM tried to lock out other vendors from its mainframe biz back then.
Microsoft also tried to lock out other vendors from Windows (most notably Word/Excel competitors).
Should be interesting to see what happens going forward...
And nuclear power is safe?
Sure is - if you can get rid of the human factor. Which is next to impossible.
Lucky guys, all of you... *mutter*
Never had a chance of owning (or using) any of those early devices, but it is understandable that those just *works* unlike today's hi-tech gimmickry gadgets which tend to give issues whether these be battery life, wifi (yes, I'm pointing at iOS6 specifically) or just plain usefulness.
Had the 48k ZX Spectrum though, does it count? :D
Seems that old-tech still have the upper hand regarding reliability and usefulness over today's fancy bling.
On my way to play Manic Miner and Horace in the Park.
...patents do blow donkey balls.
High time to scrap the whole kaboodle and Redo From Start.
I'm getting tired of hearing of Y suing Z because of X and A ... BLEH!!!
Re: lol i just hate every IT company equally.
Welcome to the club - wish I can just quit IT totally.
But I can't - it's my bread and butter.
Getting my jacket as I'm outta here.
What will happen should Samsung be banned from doing sales in the US of A?
Supposedly Samsung is banned from doing business in the US of A?
What will happen then?
Interesting Times springs to mind.
Sounds like a nom nom nom recipe, anybody got the recipe details?
It'll probably involve some Sauce of Samsung and so on ...
DRM vs DRM-free
Is there any advantage to be had by including (or forcing) DRM with your software? You do need to pay for DRM development etc, and to counter any bugs/hacks/cracks as they appear.
Or do you rely on people's goodwill not to copy/pirate your stuff and leave DRM out? No need to pay any extra for DRM development etc...
Hardware looks good... software?
I'm usually anti-M$, but this do look good.
Except for the software, that is.
Any idea if it can be rooted with [insert Linux distro here]?
...of the Triffids, anybody?
...will be rewarded with a lot of moola...
Interesting times for Apple.
Remember that movie - when you can log in with only an username, no password...
They should do a remake of that movie :)
...is when the greedy fat porkers decided to cut out people they deem redundant in order to line their nasty pocketses... After all, there's other people left to take up the extra work...
I'm leaving for greener pastures, where there's no fat oinkers oinking for my money... (I wish...)
To all fellow BOFH's
May you have a most Enjoyable Time, Be Safe, and See the New Year in with much cheer and goodwill.
See you all in 2012... trusting that you've snaffled The Bossly Unit's Ark tickets some way or the other... :trollface:
"...61 per cent said they were just too busy to fondle their slab"
I just love El Reg's "fondleslab" moniker :D
Also got one - but use it at home after work. It is the model with both 3G and wifi.
Prefer it above a cellphone as it's got a larger screen for emails and IM.
/goes off to fondle the slab
And make it as unattractive as possible so ne'er-do-wells won't take your clickety-clack fondleslab with them when you're not looking....
...is Futile. Prepare to be Billywindowsed.
Getting my jacket, want to get out of this mess of IT.
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