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#1 2012-10-08 23:05:26

#! CrunchBanger
From: Paragould AR USA
Registered: 2010-05-01
Posts: 219

Ransomware...How well are we protected?

Just saw a report on the evening news about ransomware...something that I was not aware even existed until now.  Got me to wondering...are we, Linux users, better protected against such attacks than Windows users?  And if so, how much more protection can we expect?

The victim in the news story was a small business operator who's business server was infected with ransomware, locking him out of his customer and vendor data.  He said the cost of the ransom would have been less than the cost in time and money he was out taking the course he had chosen, which was to NOT pay the ransom.

This is just another thing that I'm a little worried about, and want someone to assure me I don't need to be worried.

Thanks for your input.


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#2 2012-10-08 23:32:47

From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: Ransomware...How well are we protected?

Don't install an unkonwn deb from a shady source and you're as safe as can be.


#3 2012-10-08 23:34:16

Internal Affairs
From: North Carolina
Registered: 2009-10-18
Posts: 13,849

Re: Ransomware...How well are we protected?

^ Agreed.

From an open-source perspective, I'd be a little more worried about the other kind of ransomware, i.e. "street performer protocol".


#4 2012-10-09 00:02:30

#! Die Hard
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Registered: 2010-04-07
Posts: 2,303

Re: Ransomware...How well are we protected?

Look at //etc/apt/sources.list
Google unfamiliar addresses.
Draw conclusions thusly... neutral

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