This is not surprising. Our classrooms are inundated with technology and for a very good reason. Interactive technology is how our children now learn and communicate. It has become an integral part of life, and as such, it has become a target for cybercriminals. Just as integral needs to be awareness education for these same children starting a very early age and reinforced throughout the education process.
Thank you to Mr. Krebs for the excellent coverage. Whether this announcement by the FBI and Cisco is truly urgent or a little more cautious than necessary, the underlying security procedures are sound. Please keep your firmware current. Rotate all your system passwords and use stronger randomized values whenever possible. These simple steps can provide better, long term security.
Please be aware of these threats, notify your employees, and train on how to spot these malicious messages.
There are some truly interesting statistics in this article concerning the FBI and their ability to respond to ransomware attacks. Take heed.
This situation did certainly shed a great deal of light on the value of purpose of encryption and for that we can all be thankful. I hope this conversation continues to move forward in a more constructive and less antagonistic manner.
Threatpost is referencing in this article several resources and statements provided by the FBI. This also includes a strong clarification by the FBI concerning ransom payments. The FBI does not endorse paying ransoms and references failed attempts to pay by victims.
This is a curious article, especially given its conclusion. I do not believe that the FBI has been restricted in any significant way by this ruling. I simply believe the warrant process has been better clarified. There is and will continue to be a mechanism for this type of data collection by law enforcement in the US.
These statistics certainly grab your attention. CEO phishing is a serious issue that every organization should consider and take steps to mitigate.
Here are some fun statistics bearing out some more of the truth behind the Government versus Apple/Google phone unlocking debate. As many of us have said from the beginning, this is not a new problem and this will not be going away any time soon.