Ransomware Gang Leaks D.C. Metropolitan Police Data after Failed Negotiations

The cybercrime syndicate behind Babuk ransomware has leaked more personal files belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) after negotiations with the DC Police broke down, warning that they intend to publish all data if their ransom demands are not met. “The negotiations reached a dead end, the amount we were offered does not suit us, we are posting 20 more personal files on officers, you can download this archive, the password will be released tomorrow. If during tomorrow they do not raise the price, we will release all the data,” the gang said in a statement on their data leak site. “You still have the ability to stop it,” it added. The Babuk group is said to have stolen 250GB of data, including investigation reports, arrests, disciplinary actions, and other intelligence briefings.
https://thehackernews.com/2021/05/ransomware-gang-leaks-metropolitan.html

Preventing Cryptolocker and Ransomware in 4 steps

Links and article updated 6/26/2024

I have sent emails, tweets, posted links and articles on Facebook and so much more, all to warn you about the different crypto locker schemes out there. Apparently I failed to write a specific article on how to prevent it.

Hey you Linux and Apple people, you need to be alert for this too!

Here are the Four major things to do in order to prevent crypto locker with two additional options.

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Fake and Phishing emails this one “from” FeDex

While I am upset with FedEx, I am even more upset with FeDex!

Just a reminder for you to not open all email you receive. This is a malware attachment. The real FedEx knows about these. http://www.fedex.com/us/security/prevent-fraud/email.html and http://www.fedex.com/us/update2.html

Instead of delving into the type of scam this is, Phishing, and instead of talking about the malware inside the zip file, I want to tell you to “just say no” and don’t open such emails.

Not so right email header

Not so right email header

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Building a PC Part 3 – Software: Windows, 3rd party SW, Anti-Virus and Security software.

In this most recent series I have been going over the parts for building a PC, what I use and why.

In this exciting fun filled episode, I want to go over some of the software we use when building a computer. Let’s start with the most important part, the Operating system. I recommend Windows.

Win10

I know a bunch of you Linux people just started yelling at your screens. Don’t have a tizzy!

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I learned on UNIX based systems back in the 80’s and from 2003 to 2006 I promoted, through free training, and on this blog several flavors of Linux. My issue with Linux was and is the “my version is better than your version” attitude while leaving the end user out of the equation. At one point Red Hat had their version of “automatic updates”. That was a good idea. They stopped doing that. Others instead of making a universal way to update and patch quarreled and squabbled, leaving those that just needed an operating system to run their business or home computers, out. Microsoft has one way to update and patch. Good for them. Continue reading