Security Monk vs. Emperor Palpatine

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This week, we continue our ongoing ransomware discussion with the Inside Out Security Show panel – Kilian Englert, Mike Buckbee, and Mike Thompson.

But before we launched into our conversation, as an icebreaker, I asked the panel what their advice would be to this tired sysadmin who deleted the wrong directory on the wrong server?

Buckbee: Do exactly what they did to fix the problem.

Englert: It happens, just have to recover and move on.

Thompson: Always take a snapshot before touching your production server.

Here is what happens when you allow your employees to work long hours pic.twitter.com/QMgoaWpKYY

— wir wussten nichts? (@c089) February 1, 2017

Back to Ransomware

I likened this singular, life-changing malware to Emperor Palpatine. Why? The scammers try to be your friend and provide customer support. Meanwhile, they’re clever about extorting money from you.

There were a few interesting ransomware stories that we covered:

  • An IT pro that tried to fight back by sending the perpetrators a Locky ransomware. We’re not certain if it was a success, but at least he tried
  • One hijacked a hotel from making new hotel keys
  • Police storage devices that record video data were infected
  • The scariest of them all, Google Play hosted a ransomware app that infected a user’s cell phone

Moving away from ransomware, we also discussed these controversial stories:

Tool of the week: Google’s Site Reliability Engineering

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