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📊 2023 OpenText Cybersecurity Threat Report

  • 29 March 2023
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📊 2023 OpenText Cybersecurity Threat Report

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19.9% of consumer PCs were infected more than 5 times.  WTH!!!

This is mind boggling.  I don't understand how people can just go through life without AV & malware protection.  They might as well get rid of the refrigerator and just assume that when the pork chops turns blue it’s still good...(sad noises :()

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19.9% of consumer PCs were infected more than 5 times.  WTH!!!

This is mind boggling.  I don't understand how people can just go through life without AV & malware protection.  They might as well get rid of the refrigerator and just assume that when the pork chops turns blue it’s still good...(sad noises :()

Not here! I never been accidentally been infected but test malware 10+ years ago using Windows XP and Win 7.

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Not here! I never been accidentally been infected but test malware 10+ years ago using Windows XP and Win 7.

I run malware protection, a honey pot, AV, and Defender on my Windows machines, and believe it or not, one of my older Windows 7 machines was hit by ransom a wile back. Not a critical machine, and no remote servers mounted servers. But I did not see it for a day, and my dropbox sync synced all the encrypted files. So it can happen no matter how careful you are.  But I just low level formatted the drive to be sure it was clean, put the OS back on, and used backup to get the machine on-line in a day.  And if you have a paid dropbox account, they will roll back your files for you to when no encrypted files are seen, so they synced properly as well. 

So no matter how careful one is, you can get hit. Never had a virus, but this was a surprise. A solid backup saved my machine.

It's completely fine to have preferences when it comes to social media platforms. If you enjoy using Twitter and find it to be the platform where you feel most comfortable posting and engaging with others, that's perfectly valid. Each social media platform has its own unique features and user base, so it's natural for individuals to gravitate towards the ones that align with their interests and preferences.

As for TikTok, it's understandable that it may not appeal to everyone. Different people have different tastes and preferences when it comes to content consumption and creation. If TikTok doesn't resonate with you or doesn't align with your interests, it's perfectly fine to choose not to use it.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to use the platforms that you enjoy and find value in. Social media should be a positive and enjoyable experience, so focusing on the platforms that you feel comfortable with is a great approach.

 

Regards;

David Johnson.

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Not here! I never been accidentally been infected but test malware 10+ years ago using Windows XP and Win 7.

I run malware protection, a honey pot, AV, and Defender on my Windows machines, and believe it or not, one of my older Windows 7 machines was hit by ransom a wile back. Not a critical machine, and no remote servers mounted servers. But I did not see it for a day, and my dropbox sync synced all the encrypted files. So it can happen no matter how careful you are.  But I just low level formatted the drive to be sure it was clean, put the OS back on, and used backup to get the machine on-line in a day.  And if you have a paid dropbox account, they will roll back your files for you to when no encrypted files are seen, so they synced properly as well. 

So no matter how careful one is, you can get hit. Never had a virus, but this was a surprise. A solid backup saved my machine.

I believe it

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I am late to this topic, but not here for swag anyway.

 

I think the part of the opening statement struck me the hardest: “...the average ransom demand was at its highest ever, with the median cost hitting just under $200,000.” and “...Ransomware gangs increasingly targeted smaller businesses.” just pisses me off. Smaller businesses could be put out of business by such an attack, and obviously often have less capable IT support or the funds to pay such a ransomware bill in the first place.  (Also indicates to me that the “gangs” have a poor long term planning. Kind of reminds me of drug dealers killing their customers with bad drugs. Eliminating your customers is just stupid. But I digress.) 

We really need to push our clients for secure, air gapped backup systems. Latest Ransomeware now knows how to look for servers on the same network and backup systems as well. 

A lot of interesting info in this report but for me the first stat that stood out was that among infected consumer PCs, 19.9% were infected more than five times. How is that possible? 

I was also surprised by this, again! I can’t help but wonder if these systems were never really recovered and cleaned properly?  You would think people would learn, but if they have no education on the cause, and believe just repairing the system is enough, then I am not surprised at all. 

@MajorHavoc  “You would think people would learn, but if they have no education on the cause, and believe just repairing the system is enough, then I am not surprised at all. “ My gran always said someone can be ugly and they can fix that by going for a facelift. BUT there is no cure for stupidity as there are no tablets or vaccines for it. 

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@MajorHavoc  “You would think people would learn, but if they have no education on the cause, and believe just repairing the system is enough, then I am not surprised at all. “ My gran always said someone can be ugly and they can fix that by going for a facelift. BUT there is no cure for stupidity as there are no tablets or vaccines for it. 

I love this. I think I have heard that out much more simply however: “You can’t fix stupid.”  😀

But this is a point I have made many times. Just tossing on some software to try and protect a machine is not enough. People need to be educated on what is dangerous, what is happening, how to take steps to protect your date, etc, etc. That should be a product all by itself. 

Does anyone get prizes or will share here .

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