May 4, 2023 at 8:07 am #38933Phillip BeallKeymaster
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A member recently took great umbrage at a news story that I posted because it didn’t have anything to do with ham radio. If you are similarly offended, please DO NOT READ THE STORIES in this post, they have absolutely nothing to do with ham radio.
For those of you that are open-minded to getting information on non-ham news events, you might be interested in reading Ransomware attack on City of Dallas knocks police website offline and City of Dallas impacted by ransomware attack, police computer dispatch system down.
Ransomware is not just a threat to government websites, but to you and your personal PC. Admittedly, this has absolutely nothing to do with ham radio, but I still thought it was worthy of being passed along as a general interest news story and cautionary tale for those smart enough to be interested.
GENERAL INTEREST NEWS – GENERAL INTEREST NEWS – GENERAL INTEREST NEWS – GENERAL INTEREST NEWSMay 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm #38981Danial BeardModerator
Ref. Ramsomware attacks:
I recently posted some pertinent info on your computer nightmare thread. If folks don’t know how to set up their routers and firewalls — and cell phones — ask one of our members who do. The cream of that crop would be either Phil, Leo, Rick, George and/or Johnny. I’m sure there are more, but those are the first to come to mind. In any case, this is not something they can do for you. You must be prepared and ready to do your own homework and get your fingernails/keyboard dirty with a little hands-on infrastructure work on your own home network. If you’re thinking in terms of beefing up a favorite commercial or church system on the cheap — don’t. Hire a professional. Yeah, it’s expensive now, but you’ll have a whole new and different perspective when your systems get naileded and you’re staring at the BSOD (Blue-Scree-Of-Death — Windows), or the endlessly whirling rainbow, (Apple/Mac).
A little effort now is cheap insurance.
And as stated in the other post, if you are currently running an older Cisco/Linksys router — REPLACE IT IMMEDIATELY! I recommend Synology for fine grained security controls in both NAS and Routers.
That is all. Carry on.
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