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A1200 
University of California Hacked with Ransomware
Posted on 29-Jun-2020 13:08:04
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Spoiler: They paid the ransom.

BBC News coverage

Question is, would you have paid or would you have done as the authorities advised and never pay ransoms?

Its a tricky one - this is a rich university so I should imagine they didn't have to sell the family silver to pay it but its still a lot of money.

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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
Posted on 29-Jun-2020 14:37:45
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Rack me some handsomeware...

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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
Posted on 29-Jun-2020 15:39:52
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@A1200

I wonder why they didn't have one way back up? So they could use that to restore data. Surely it's standard now to have an incremental backup system where only new data is saved and current backup data cannot be modified? That way they still would have had a back up of important data even if a full reinstall was needed on all computers.

Of course, even paying a ransom is no guarantee. They could take the money and run. Or, more likely the "fixing" tool would place the system in even more trouble by putting in a sleeper that will lock it all up later again and then demand more money.

It seemed strange calling them a criminal gang, since nerdy hackers never used to be criminals. But, they come across as arrogant, and given the university was working to cure Covid-19, it's obvious they don't care about the life of anyone else or themselves. I think it would be funny if these crims contracted Covid-19; this university found a cure, then sent them a message asking $3B for a cure. Gave them an hour, they arrogantly refuse to pay, then haha they die. Well poetic justice would be nice sometimes.

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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
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@Hypex

Backups are a good point. Perhaps they thought their cloud provider would be taking care of that, which they will of course if the client pays!

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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
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@A1200

LOL. Good point. Head in the clouds relyng on that kind of backup solution. A local backup would be my first port of call. But if your internet can "save" files as fast as a 90's HDD controler then why not.

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Re: University of California Hacked with Ransomware
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@Hypex

I keep backups at home, in Switzerland, and in Australia. If an asteroid hits one side of the earth, I'm still good. Unless it hits too close to home.

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