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Fri May 12, 2017, 04:38 PM

Pennsylvania Democrats will not pay ransom

Last edited Fri May 12, 2017, 05:13 PM - Edit history (1)

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Source: CNN

(CNN)Pennsylvania Democrats will not be paying a ransom to unidentified cyberattackers, the state senate's top Democrat Jay Costa told reporters Monday.

The computers of the Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Caucus remained locked after a Friday morning ransomware attack encrypted the lawmakers' server, and hackers demanded a payment in return for an access key.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/us/pennsylvania-democrats-ransom-hacking/index.html



This seems to be part of a worldwide attack that started in Europe.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/12/health/uk-nhs-cyber-attack/index.html

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Edited to add: My sincere apologies. The Pennsylvania story is from March. The British story is current and it links to the PA story, hence my confusion. The attack in Europe is breaking news. The PA story is not.

Edited to add: If you have a Windows machine make sure to keep curent with your updates! A patch for this was released in March.

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drm604 May 2017 OP
orangecrush May 2017 #1
SergeStorms May 2017 #2
drm604 May 2017 #3
Maraya1969 May 2017 #6
NewRedDawn May 2017 #4
PSPS May 2017 #5
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Response to drm604 (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 04:41 PM

1. Good

Don't pay them a cent.


I wonder if this goes back to Russia.

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Response to drm604 (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 04:52 PM

2. Which former Soviet Bloc country......

is responsible for this? Perhaps Russia itself? I wouldn't put it past them, they seem to have a major fear of the Democratic Party. They deep-sixed Hillary's Presidential hopes, and now they're demanding money that could be used to defeat RepubliCONS in Pennsylvania.

Gee, I wonder why they never seem to pick on the RepubliCONS? Could it be because the RepubliCON Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian communists? Nahhhh....the RepubliCONS are far too honest for that to happen, right?

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #2)

Fri May 12, 2017, 04:56 PM

3. This first hit hospitals and businesses in Europe and Africa.

It may yet hit other targets. It's too early to say that it won't hit Republicans.

The perpetrators seem to be solely interested in money

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Response to drm604 (Reply #3)

Fri May 12, 2017, 05:10 PM

6. If the US is any predictor they are going for liberals

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #2)

Fri May 12, 2017, 04:58 PM

4. They are not communists

 

any more. They are a Fascist Oligarchy. Kind of what the Puke party here wants to establish.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #2)

Fri May 12, 2017, 05:07 PM

5. These are always Russians

I've dealt with a lot of these over the last few years. They use the criminal Bitcoin system as a financial conduit and all of those I've seen used on ransomware have been tied to people using Russian email servers.

In this particular case, there's no evidence of political motivation, just money. This sort of thing could be stopped almost in an instant with just a few mouse clicks, but it seems nobody wants to do so.

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Response to drm604 (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 06:06 PM

7. Locking...

Published Mon March 6, 2017, posted on DU May 12, 2017, 05:38 PM Well over 12 hours old.

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