Sensationalism sells, that's the bottom line. One of the proven and surest way to get inventory moving is to scare the public. Rile them up and they'll surely go into self-preservation mode. And the media, most often than not, is more than happy to push that agenda, because they too stand to benefit from all the hype.
If you've been paying attention to buzzwords being pushed in recent months, there's always an accompanying product, services that are later being pushed. Artificial Intelligence (AI), was the not-so-recent buzzword that was being circulated, then came in all the products that allegedly leverages it to do all sorts of things. Only later we found that's it's the latest version of “The Turk” machine – it's actually, mostly, done by real people in the background, plus the security compromises. Before that, cloud-anything (it still is a magical word) which paints this one-tech-fits all solution, but carries with it plenty of cons that the media conveniently doesn't cover enough — because it hurts the bottom line. Recently it's “Deepfake”, which was short-lived and also proved that the public has a tunnel vision and short-term memory — forgetting that FaceTuning is very popular on Instagram, that Photoshop existed, and that special effects has been accessible as a desktop tool since the mid-90's. Deepfake and Deepnude made great news, and got the public really riled up… well, the stupid ones. And of course, the all-time big-hitter, “computer viruses” — that is, the ones that kept coming since after the Brain computer virus made it's debut in the late 1980's (I were there when it first got shared, and we toyed with the machine code because it was a funny prank) and companies realised that selling software to remove it is actually profitable. So whose not to say the pervasiveness of this old staple is not perpetuated by the same companies who sells the “cure.”
And now this, “ransomware.” It's utterly complete bullshit. It's a work of science fiction. Any techie with a working brain will scoff at this new buzzword. Yes, it's possible to turn off a server from remote, it's very easy. But it entails several levels and layers of security to be able to do that. And if an unauthorized remote user is able to do that, first thing you need to do is to fire your security team — because server is security is very fundamental, and even the crudest implementation shouldn't make it susceptible to this form of high-jacking. Second of all, find your power switch and network cables, take it offline and follow recovery steps — that is, assuming your team again did their work properly and create recovery “disks” and make periodic backups, if not, again, you did a lousy job at hiring people. Thirdly, chances are, your infrastructure is an IaaS, so let the vendor tackle the problem, and maybe sue them for gross negligence, and then they can fire their own people.
Ransomware is kinda like someone over the phone is threatening to turn off your refrigerator if you don't pay them.
You got to use common sense before you start buying into bullshit propaganda.
Follow the money.
Some articles simply grinds my gears, bs like… #MAGA, #AI hype, overselling #deepfake-anything (ever heard of #FaceTune, #Photoshop & special effects? Too late to the party), now… #ransomware.
#Sensationalism & scare tactics are just as bad as #terrorism.
( @NPR )
Hackers have used ransomware to attack the data networks of Baltimore, the Georgia courts system, and Lake City, Fl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Hackers have used ransomware to attack the data networks of Baltimore, the Georgia courts system, and Lake City, Fla., to name a few.
Now, officials are faced with a dilemma: pay up, or refuse — and risk it potentially costing millions in the long-term.