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Diamond Life – Smooth Operator

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

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Back Once Again

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

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Where Do You Go To My Lovely?

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

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TAKE IT EASY

Last week has seen yet another dastardly and seemingly incredibly successful ransomware attack using a trusted supply chain as the vector.

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Sign O’ The Times

Bet you all know that Sino is a word that means Chinese, our ‘of China’. If not, you do now.

Recently, there has been the usual flurry of announcements of breaches, attempted, successful and otherwise, which fall into the following broad categories:

Ransomware

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Party like a Russian

A pretty unusual and disturbing couple of weeks in the ransomware department to even try and summarise, even through interpretive, presumably Cossack style, dance.

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Don’t Pay The Ransom

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.

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Return To Sender

It is looking more and more likely that a significant proportion of the workforce may be returning to some kind of office (at least in the UK) soon.

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I’ll be watching you

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

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