RAN$OMWARE– It’s Über Mal

Last week I went down to LSU to attend a Business Breakfast. The speaker was Lisa Traina, CPA and Worldwide Information Security Guru.

What you want to do RIGHT NOW is back up all your stuff. CELLPHONE, Email, photos, files, etc.  Stop what you’re doing and go to Wally World, spend $100 bucks on an external drive and do as I say.

Don't lose all your stuff. Back it up!!!

Don’t lose all your stuff. Back it up!!!

In the cyber world, we’ve all heard of malware. Viruses and Trojans and Spyware, oh, my! But the latest scam is something called RANSOMWARE.  The terrorist hackers will lock you down unless you agree to pay them.

ACTUAL SCREEN SHOT of somebody who's got problems.

ACTUAL SCREEN SHOT of somebody who’s got problems.

Rule #1 when dealing with terrorists: DON’T.

These people aren't nice.  And they sell this software so any asshole can go after your stuff.

These people aren’t nice. And they sell this software so any asshole can go after your stuff.

And because you BACKED IT UP, you don’t have to.

HOWEVER, some truly evil geniuses have taken RANSOMWARE to a whole new level. That computer controlled pacemaker you count on to live? They can turn that sucker off.

FDA Warns Pacemakers are Vulnerable to Hackers

The only “science fiction” in my book CHIMERA is time travel. All the other technology, RFID chips, nanobots in the bloodstream controlled by the central office, microwave weaponry, genetically engineered animals.

Butterfly, An Arizona GEEP

Butterfly, An Arizona GEEP

THAT’S ALL REAL.

Now. Back it up!

 

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About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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