Is tape dead?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Tue Sep 15 12:12:37 CDT 2015

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Guy Dawson wrote:
> Delete it on the master and have it faithfully deleted on the replica.


Backup should NOT be connected to the computer that it is backing up, and 
should be a drive, NOT a connected computer.

Ever heard of CRYPTOWALL ?  I think that I got it from looking at PDFs on 
the web while doing some research.  It's a trojan, not a virus.  It runs 
in the background encrypting files.  Then it pops up a message demanding 
500 euros for the key!

I had a 2 TB backup drive connected to my living room computer.
It got 8000 files on the computer, then got 1000 files on the backup drive 
before I found out and stopped it last night.  Fortunately, 990 of 
those are ones that I also have on another machine (the files that I 
copied from my dead friend's laptop), and hadn't finished that directory 
to move on to the stuff that might be really hard to recreate.
The backup drive is no longer connected to the computer.

So, I have a lot of files to recreate.
and no sleep last night.

I will donate 500 euros to the legal defense fund of anybody who kills the 
author of CRYPTOWALL.

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