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The Photobucket fuck up and what it caused

04/07/2017 Leave a comment

That is pretty much the sentiment and thousands of other people feel about Photobucket right now. These past few days, I have been uploading all my images here in WordPress and it is raking some time to change the links on all my pictures. I have been writing in this blog, almost every day for the past 6 years…or more. can you believe the amount of corrections that I have to do? But then again, you would not expect Photobucket to care at all now would you?

Yes, that is the name I found on the internet, a new name for Photobucket if you will. At the rate people are leaving them, it looks like that their business is going to be doomed. I was with Photobucket for 13 years…and they left me in a lurch like that, without so much as a warning. That is the thing that gets me…the lack of a warning and leaving people and their blogs in a lurch.

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The new Petya ransom-ware malware

29/06/2017 Leave a comment

This made the news yesterday. Seems that quite a few people and corporations were hit by it. The only thing is, unlike WannaCry, the encrypted files by this piece of ransom-ware is irreversible. So if you see this on your computer, you are fucked. Even paying that exorbitant Bitcoin amount will not help you.

This malware began in The Ukraine and it spread. Some big corporations like Maersk Line were hit by it. If you want to prevent it, patch your systems. Download the latest patches and patch your systems as soon as possible. Oh, and another thing, backup your files. You have been warned.

Thanks to RecordedFuture.com for the picture above

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WannaCry – The global ransomware attack

16/05/2017 1 comment

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few days, you should have known about the news that has been sweeping the news recently. Computers all around the world have been hit by some virus known as WannaCry. What is it? Well, WannaCry is the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this ransomware is far from over. And what is “ransomeware?” As the name suggests, the virus in effect holds the infected computer hostage and demands that the victim pay a ransom in order to regain access to the files on his or her computer. WannaCry works by encrypting most or even all of the files on a user’s computer. Then, the software demands that a ransom be paid in order to have the files decrypted. In the case of WannaCry specifically, the software demands that the victim pay a ransom of $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection. If the user doesn’t pay the ransom without three days, the amount doubles to $600. After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be lost.

What can you do to stop it? I am glad you asked. First of all, update your computer. See the screenshot above? This the Windows Update page. Go now and check if you have any updates that you have not installed. Secondly, do not click any suspicious links in emails and the like. That is probably how that viral trojan affected those computers. Thirdly, be safe. Learn how to harden your computer to resist those intrusions and invest in a good antivirus and anti-malware program like MalwareBytes. Fourthly, backup your computer and now! Save your files!

Be careful out there people.

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