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Re: Whiterose

Subject: Re: Whiterose
From: Paul Barton
Date: May 16 2018 08:55:45
There’s a new whiterose opened up down the road from us - expensive for
groceries but should do the house price some good.

Sorry to hear about your troubles Jim, and thanks for the heads up.

Paul


On 16 May 2018 at 09:42:28, Jim Quaife (jq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk) wrote:

Good morning all.
I have been absent for several weeks now due to our system being
effectively closed down with a ransom virus Whiterose.
I shall not bore you with the details but we have had to replace our server
and one desktop, and all our files were encrypted. Fortunately we back up,
but S*d's Law being what it is, we had had a malfunction and have lost much
of the recent (and therefore current) stuff. Our Outlook account had to be
shut down, and you can imagine what that did as far a work enquiries and
client contact went.
We are at 90% now and will limp back to normal by the end of this week.
This new variant piggy-backed onto a legit e-mail from the Imperial War
Museum. I had ordered entry tickets on line and when the confirmation
e-mail arrived it looked fine, but as soon as I clicked on "print the
tickets" a red banner came up with a phishing warning, and that was that!
It was so new that it got through but our virus protection now recognises.
(Our IT bloke downloaded an analytical program from our virus protection
mob and they has the data within a couple of hours).
The reason I am posting this is to remind anyone who might be complacent to
make sure that you back up at the end of each day and keep your virus
protection up to date.
There was a farmer on Countryfile on Sunday who had the same problem, but
he had personal and business stuff on the same computer and hadn't backed
up. Not only did he lose all his farm records, but also a load of personal
stuff, including family photographs going back a couple of decades.
I repeat - do all you can to be secure - don't go home/pub/bordello until
you have backed up that day.
Jim





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