Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hackers ransom Canadian city and 3 hospitals in Ontario

BBC is reporting that "When malicious hackers disable your business and demand a ransom, should you pay up? Many firms do out of desperation, turning to intermediaries to help broker the deal." This is what happened to Norsk Hydro, a global aluminium producer.

"When they eventually launched their ransomware attack, it was devastating - 22,000 computers were hit across 170 different sites in 40 different countries. Chief information officer Jo De Vliegher reopens the ransom note that appeared on computers all over the company. It read: 'Your files have been encrypted with the strongest military algorithms... without our special decoder it is impossible to restore the data.'"

This also happened to the city of Strathford, Ontario on April 14 2019.

CBC is reporting that it also happened to 3 Ontario hospitals this year.

Do ya think it's the same Agency committing all those attacks?

I don't have any money to pay a ransom. I'd just throw my computer in the garbage and post from the library like I did every other time my computer was hacked with a military grade intrusion.

1 comment:

  1. Saw an item regarding a hospital in Ontario which was hit. They didn't pay up. they shut all their computers down, brought in the techies and started them up one by one.

    In my opinion, its not good to pay off black mailers, regardless. It might also be a very good reason for corporations, hospitals,, governments, etc. to end each day or every half day with backing things up and taking it all off line. It may be expensive, but in the long run it will save money and put the black mailers out of business. You don't pay criminals. this is just a modern version of the "protection racket".

    I don't do my finances on my computer. Keep a list of my favorite blogs and email addresses on paper. If the computer dies, I can go back to where I was in a day. Now if you're a corporation/hospital, etc. a day is a long time, but in my opinion its better to get through this time and send the rackatters off to some thing else.


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