Is tape dead?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Tue Sep 15 12:58:01 CDT 2015

>>> Ever heard of CRYPTOWALL ?  I think that I got it from looking at
>>> PDFs on the web while doing some research.  [...]

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Mouse wrote:
> I trust you've now switched PDF viewers to one that doesn't
> gratuitously execute (attempts at) live content?

Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.  I'm more inclined to suspect the 
latter, but I obviously did not have them configured the way that I 
thought that I did.

>> Sounds like Cryptolocker.  Even the police paid the ransom to get
>> their data back.
> If the police needed to even _consider_ doing that, they need to fire
> whoever decided they didn't need proper backups.  (And whoever was
> responsible for the mistake that got it running there to begin with,
> either whoever decided to let it run or whoever decided to use tools
> that would let it run, depending.)

Far too many guvmint agencies have far too much stuff "easily accessible" 
that shouldn't be.

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