Diamonds are a geek’s best friend You will no doubt have heard about the Russian ransomware gang called Conti (or something like that) which has spent the last year ransoming critical national infrastructure and national health services including the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Following a meeting between POTUS Biden and Vlad, where it is reported that … Read more
Those of you who have read more than one of these missives (thank you, thank you) may have noticed our fascination with the activities of the REvil ransomware group. For those not up to speed, here is a REvil primer. REvil (Ransomware Evil, see what they did there) is a Russian speaking cybercriminal gang that, as the name suggests, focus on encrypting, … Read more
Way way back in (at least in cloud provider release schedule) time, four weeks ago, we discussed the amazing coincidence that the Conti (misspelt) crime gang, which had ransomwared the Irish Health Service (HSE), leading to massive disruption, hurting the weak and vulnerable and very possibly causing early deaths, had provided decryption keys for free, seemingly following direct intervention by … Read more
Ransom has been a thing since, probably, the invention of rope. It is certainly referred to in The Holy Bible. In the Old Testament, it referred to as payment of some sort to release someone, and in the New Testament, it refers to “Christ’s gift of Himself as a ransom for many”.
No such thing as an original sin. A notion that is continuously being challenged in the cyberspace.
To get some perspective, the largest ransom ever paid for the release of a person (according to the Guinness Book Of Records) was $1.5 Billion in 1533 for Atahualpa, Emperor Of The Incas.
The 1983 song ‘Every Breath You Take’, written by Gordon Sumner, known professionally as Sting, so-called because he used to wear a black jumper with yellow stripes, is up there on our list of creepy tracks. It joins Tiffany’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now‘ (a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells song) and everything … Read more