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The great Photobucket fuck up

02/07/2017 Leave a comment

On Friday morning, I found many of the images I use on this blog of mine to have this particular image replacing my images. The culprit? Photobucket…a service I have been using since 2004. Just out of the blue, this company changed their terms of service and told all people who use their service that they will be charged $400 to hot-link their images. Because of this Draconian measure by Photobucket, everyone was up in arms about having to change the links to thousands of images they had hot-linked from their Photobucket accounts to websites like blogs, Ebay listings…you name it. Even my blog was not spared.

People were crying out that Photobucket held their pictures for ransom, saying that they were no different from those hackers that released the WannaCry and Petya malware. While Photobucket were holding people at ransom, to a sense that Photobucket always had login issues, people were allowed to go into their Photobucket accounts and download their images, something I have been doing since yesterday. It is has been a frustrating process of downloading all your images, hosting them someplace else, and repairing broken links on my blog that now point to the image above.

I do not know why Photobucket did that, but many, including me, think that it is a dumb, stupid move. You will not be winning customers this way Photobucket. In fact, you are shooting yourself in the foot. In short, go fuck yourselves

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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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