86 posts • joined 11 Sep 2012
Anyways Its really not to do with passwords. If the user has the admin pasword allbets are off. This is true for most home users or small businesses. even if you set them up with an admin account and a restricted user account and teach them to be carefull when the "put admin password in" box appears. They dont care. They just want to use it and get rid of annoying boxes. In a corporate environment pretty unforgivable though. Apparently you do get your data back if you pay the ransom...kinda nice of the hackers...well I guess it means that people are more likely to pay if they know that.
Av software is also not that good at picking it up. I use trend micro wfbs which is usually excellent but it has let it through in 2 of those 4 cases. The other 2 had declined to buy it. Luckily they all had carbonite. Not bad from 2000 pcs though.
how to prevent the attack
1. Have a backup, obviously. Carbonite for instance have a dedicated team who can tell when the infection hit and will roll those encrypted files back for you. Not bad for 80p aweek.
2. Use crypto prevent from foolishit (yes realy). Its free. Sets group policies on any machine to prevent cryptolocker and many other malwares. Basically it prevents exes from running from temp locations and downloads and double file extentions like .xls.exe etc. You just push apply and it does it. Easy. Not bad for free. Of the 2k users I support we've had 4 crypto incidents. Carbonite saved every one of them. Since I found out about cryptoprevent I don't expect to see any more.
Not difficult. Off you go.
A scanner darkly
better still, read it.
No shit. Really? Company that has never made a profit ever isnt worth billions? Fuck me sideways.
the year is two thousand and 1984
Minitruth is established.
Thatll fuck them up
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Im flattered that you found all my posts. I really couldnt give 2 hoots about being modded on a site ive not ever used before yesterday just thought it was odd that you cant have 100 threads all aboua similar thing if thats what the commentators want. Meh whatever.
You are welcome. I was talking about the mods but never mind if you want to be included .
Read the guidlines for a forum? Of course. I also read the eulas every time I install any software.
by the way, if you start posting on the spiceworks forum about LMI, you get moderated and your threads deleted. well, i did anyway. what a bunch of cunts.
Re: is this "new" news?
no, you didnt read the screen properly. it said "blah blah blah pay this now to upgrade to pro" and then just below it said "no thanks".
you dont (well, didnt) need to pay for free. RTFM
hamachi, a piece of shit at best, will be next im sure
maybe, but they are screwing the paying customers too
my LMI bill is £1000 per year now apparantly. well, it would be if i hadnt cancelled it./
YOU ARE NEXT
uh, you are missing a trick here.
im a central customer. with 940 or so clients on LMI. ive been amassing them for 6 or 7 years i suppose. . i run a small it support business. last year, it was £199 for a central UNLIMITED license. most of these licenses are dufunct, dead or duplicates. can you mass uninstall them? no. you have to sit there, and push "client x", "delete", "sure?" "yes" for each one. jesus. ive phoned them up about this, theres no way round it. even iof i remove all of these, its still going to be £500 or so quid a year. FO!!!!
i dont have a problem paying for it. i loved the product - but they have jacked up the price, WITHOUT telling anyone. especially, you know, the person who pays the bills. (my bill, they reckon, is going to be £1000 (yes, one thousand) pounds per year. uhh....err, nope. but of course, did they email me? no. this has happened to a lot of people.
add to this that they have just, with 7 days notice, cancelled LMI free. anybody who uses cubby, hamachi, join.me , LMI backup or any of their other products - YOU ARE NEXT.
personally, i am now on teamviewer. bye bye logmein.
heres a post i put up on the lmi forums a few days ago,
2 things have happened in the past week, neither of which you have made me aware of (or anyone else for that matter).
1) you foist this .exe downloader stuff on us and it doesnt work properly. we understand that browser plugins are becoming extinct. but TEST your software before releasing it, unannounced, on us!
2) the price of central has increased by a factor of 5 for me.
the thing that is the worst is that there is no mention of either of these anywhere. you havent even bothered to send me an email in good time.
in your forums, people have been billed 5x what they paid originally with no warning.
when i signed up for this last year it was £199 full price for unlimited free clients. you now want nearly £1000 for renewal (which ive only discovered by accident)
a lot of the machines in my account (there are 940 of them) no longer exist or are duplicates. i havent bothered to trim them because i had an unlimited plan.
theres no way i am paying £1k per year for this.
ive been using log me in in various forms for about 7 years. i have evangelised about it, its the one part of my business that has been fantastic, i have probably been responsible for a hundred or so paid "pro " accounts from my personal recommendation alone.
i am flabberghasted at what you are doing to the services you provide, and i am not alone. you want to go and check out your forums and other places where IT guys hang out. you wont have any SME customers left pretty soon because its way too expensive, and people are P**sed off about the way you have handled both of the issues above.
you should check out what your competitors are doing - i can get what is basically central and rescue for £333 - not per year, but a one off from remote utilities. and they support mobiles as of next week.
you are forcing me to leave on price alone. but i have a lot invested in my log me in network, so i am going to ask you to do something about the price you are requesting.
i am more than happy to pay £199 per year for unlimited clients as was the deal last year, but no more.
Re: Should have upgraded to Central
thats simply not true.
central is now tiered.
i am being billed £1000 for (yes, one thousand) for my central subscription
with no notice or warning,.
Yeah well fuck the mainstream media
yes, i was wondering about that. i expect they must be including someone elses failed drives in their survey.
for every one they buy, 0.2 of someone elses dies...which would explian a few things,.
with all this cloudy shit.
well, except for the usefull bits. which doesnt include hosting all my data offsite on some virtual box somewhere being run by some spotty oik.
the other thing is....they'll probably do this with their other offerings too - cubby, hamatchi...
its not the paying for it that im concerced about (well, happy to pay £199 per year, but not £1k!) but the way they are doing this - not telling people at all or telling people on the same day.
log me in death spiral locked in terminal phase
wonder if el reg will do a story regarding log me in 's recent antics.
1) about a month ago, without telling anyone except in an obscure blog, they discontinue browser plug in based remote support. it fails for many many people as it doesnt work properly.
2) about a month ago - they massively hike the price of central. if you had an unlimited account (which i did) which cost £199. now, without telling anyone, when it comes to renewal time you pay based on the number of machines you have. since i had an unlimited account, i didnt do any pruning. theres also no way of mass deleting pc's - you have to access each entry, hit delete, are you sure etc. i have 960 pc;'s (most of which are defunct) and so they want nearly £1k per year from me. people have actually been billed without being told that there is a price increase. i only found out about the price increase whilst trying to figure out what the hell was going on when point 1 above hit the other week.
3) TODAY they have sent an email to log me in free account holders that FROM TODAY their accounts wont work. theres a 7 day moritorium to decide if you want to buy pro then your account gets ditched.
4) some people use LMI free to administer their LMI backup accounts. you now have to pay for pro to do this.
come on el reg, poke a finger in please...
jerky crappy crap
i used to have a 32" 100Hz tv. it was awesome. picture was fab
when i bought a new panasonic vierra 50 something inch a few years ago, i couldnt believe how jerky it was.
the colour is great though.
i though it was me at first, i couldnt read any scrolling text without "tracking" it with my eyes and i kept thinking that i just couldnt keep up with the action on the tele. it was like i was missing bits in a blur.
sort that shit out first then lets talk about more pixels than i cant see properly anyway.
or would you like a 3d screen sir? no? curved screen sir? no? no?
just make what we have already work you dicks!
just make a hd screen at 100hz or something. ffs.
xcoin currency based on something usefull?
What about a similar thing but instead of pointlessly crunching arbitrary numbers how about cern data or biotech data (a la that seti program from years back...)?
graphics? buy a graphics card
Dont get it. Want graphics? Buy a card on your budget from 16 quid to 1000 quid. If you don't need graphics over and above hd on an on motherboard gpu why bother? The systes I build use a 16 quid nvidia 210 1gb card. Can do hd. You can hook up 3 monitors if you need if you include the mb out. Why would you want to bake it into the cpu? Unless you are using a laptop. But
THen who cares? If you are using a laptop for games then theres something wring with you. If its for consoles then I couldnt care less. Fuck me. Taje tour money and build a miles better pc.
almost but not quite entirely unlike the right question
Just dont ask the nutrimatic.
ocz ssd's are dogshit
i tried them on 3 or 4 builds that i did. 2 of the ocz agilities died within a few months.
their disks are absolute dog shit.
if you want an ssd, get a samsung 840 pro. there is nothing like it for speed and reliabiolity. probably built 50 or 60 builds with them now in the past 8 months or so, not one failure.
" too much of nothing but still all of everything out there"
nice quote my friend - i may have to steal that
btw - who is the downvoting dick on this thread?? probably a $deity botherer?
cryptoprevent from foolishit
As the title. Its free. Or make your own gpo's
Crypto prevent from foolishit. Its free.
for fucks sake
Please in the name of fuck just use blue tooth. How fucking difficult is it? Just farm all the audio from the phone via blue tooth to the fucking stereo in the car. Or just use a cable. Not a fucking iPhone cable. Just a normal 3.5mm jack so that anything can connect to it. Why can I not connect my note 2 to my BMW via blue tooth? They both have blue tooth. It doesn't work. It's not supported. And to add insult to injury the bloke who owned it before had it fitted with an iPhone dock. Tosser.
"they offer technical support"
Do they fuck
or you could say, use a cyrus isoplat
i remember the guy in b and O hifi in Reading trying to flog me one for about £50 to put my cd player on way back when...
it was of course bollox, although i didnt try putting 2 or 3 of them in series....
by the way, carbonite (online backup) have a dedicated team so that if you do get hit by crypto locker, they can roll your backup back to before you got hit giving you unencrypted last version of all files.
very impressed - theyve saved 3 of my customers.
Try foolishit ( yes really ) and get cryptoprevent. Free tool that's sets gpols to prevent things running from temp areas on your and your grannys pc.
Re: Nearly an alternative to my current setup
"a 1 TB HDD where the DVD r/w once was."
thats a really interesting idea - did you jerry rig it yourself or is there a commercial product for doing that?
samsung 840 pro
There is no other. Ive tried just about every other manufacturer and the failure rate on them is 30% or so. Crucial ocz sandusk corsair all fail. I build a lot of pcs in my shop. Samsung is rock solid and blazingly fast. Havent had a single drive fail out of 50 plus drives yet. Christ...buy a 1tb external and duct tape it to the lid if you need that much space for shit. Or you know, just put it in the laptop bag.
just use private tunnel
Sign up for private tunnel. Costs very little..about 15 quid a year iirc. Gives you 50gb of data per year and you can ip spoof both wYs. So if you are in uk and want to visit tpb you can pop up in canada and do it from there. If you are in germany and want to watch iplayer you can pop up in london
patty cake patty cake
does jessica rabbit count as anime?? if so im jizzing already.
excellent mad scientist name
Dr marco villa. I wonder if he changed it from "villain". Just a white cat and leather arm chair required now. And my coat of course.
Re: Whatever it is...
yeah, but i can hold my note 2 any way i like...the iphone on the other, err, hand...
shit sucking bastards
I run a repair shop. Had a mac book air in last year. Customer had cracked the display. Apple wanted over 600 quid to replace it. I said I could do it for £200. Ordered the spare for 100 quid or so. Took the glued aluminium (bastards) surround off. The fucking screen was also glued in. The screen is about 1mm thick. It is impossible to get the screen out without shattering it and producing millions of tiny glass shards and it leaking liquid everywhere. Behind the screen are 3 diffusers. If they are even slightly covered in say the liquid from the screen they dont work properly. They have thousands of tiny grooves in them and i tried to clean off the liquid but its basically impossible to get them clean. If they are half a mm out of alignment they dont diffuse properly and produce blotches. I managed to get the replacement screen working just fine but because of the fucking stupid design the screen was blotchy. The reason apple want 600 quid plus for a 100 quid part? They replace the entire top hood. Its disgraceful.
love the crayon
But surely we need some tits on it somewhere?
Or uh just use wifi. There we go. Solved. How pointless would you have to be to be in the middle of nowhere and in desperate need of an hd film?
And upon further reflection maybe if they werent paying actors spastic amounts of money they wouldn't be so expensive to make. Its so expensive now that they simply look for a format that the retarded general public like and run with it. Over and over again. Such a shame.
I dont like the blockbusting shit heaps that Hollywood pumps out anyway. The kind of films I like have a story. Yes people a story thats not ridiculously predictable. Id much rather watch that at home with my missus or friends. My rather humble home cinema system cost me about 600 quid. Its more than adequate. Fuck cinemas.
Cinemas are going to die out. Most people now have a decent sized screen and maybe surround sound. If they dont then a simple cost analysis of going to cinema vs buying your own kit will show that its cheaper to have your own if you go that often. It cost us 10 quid each to go see a film the other week. Then its 3.50 for a fucking small tango and more again for popcorn. Throw in wankers in the cinema either on their phones or talking and id much rather be at home thanks.
Re: seen 3 of these now
You are welcome. They also do unlimited pcs and nas for 155 quid per year per 250gb in addition to the other home plan of 42 per year for unlimited. They also have server backup including sql for about 400 per year. Also become a reseller and get 30% discount.
seen 3 of these now
Its very nasty. Ive done a tonne of research on this.
To clear up some misconceptions
1) every decrypt key is different so theres no point in trying to use a honeypot
2) apparently you do get your files back if you pay (havent done this personally though)
3) its also trivial to remove although I wipe every machine I see with it anyway
4) if you do remove it before paying you cant then pay them unless you have the strain that changes your wallpaper to give you the ip address to pay with (cute huh??). If you (deliberately) reinfect in order to get the pay screen you double encrypt
5) if you use offsite backup like carbonite it will backup the encypted file over the top of the good file as soon as it changes. However carbonite have a dedicated team to help with this as its tedious to manually restore versions of 1000000 files. They can spot when the infection happened and roll back your files to before any of them were encrypted so you can then restore all. You get back every file in the latest version before that file was encypted.
Im seriously impressed with carbonite. All 3 of my customers that got hit had carbonite (cos they accepted my advice to get it) and all 3 are fine. Just rebuild the machibe and we are good to go
Fortunately my customers nearly all have carbonite so this wont be effecting my customers much. The ones that dont have it were warned...
Local legend has it that Wokingham used to be famous for having the most pubs per square mile in europe. Wokingham is really nice. Bracknell on the other hand....
How does anyone expect to make make money out of this? Its free. Its never made a profit. It got debts of half a billion dollars. Its revenue it some tens of millions per year. Its fine as long as its free but no one is going to pay to use it. Its just glorified text messaging. I dont use it but I get that people like it. Maybe get mobile carriers to Sell tweets similar to texts (I.e. get 500 tweets per month for 5 quid or something?) If it goes public its fucked but the guys who set it up make a mint. Good exit strategy for them. Its It's probably all they care about (justifiably) but would I buy the stock? Nah thanks. I hope to buggery my pension pot doesnt buy any either.
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