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Ransomware attacks are proliferating as criminals turn to gangs providing turnkey post-compromise services, Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. In a joint UK-US-Australia advisory issued this afternoon, the three countries said they had "observed an increase in sophisticated, high-impact ransomware …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge


    We must ban encryption.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Obviously

      We could ban Windows. That would at least be effective.

      1. veti Silver badge

        Re: Obviously

        In the sense that it would stop most people from using computers at all, sure.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Obviously

          Doesn't Windows do that already?


    2. druck Silver badge

      Re: Obviously

      We must ban encryption - no internet scam coins, no viable business model.

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Different Rules for Feds and Plebs? That’s a Problem.

    Payment is what it's all about and the advisory condemned the paying of ransoms, saying: "Every time a ransom is paid, it confirms the viability and financial attractiveness of the ransomware criminal business model." .... Britain's National Cyber Security Centre

    An interesting statement/admission whenever one thinks of the taxation clone levied so freely by governments against whatever they imagine able to pay. Criminal eh? Hmmm?

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Different Rules for Feds and Plebs? That’s a Problem.

      To all with a titter of wit, and especially to those without such a sense and who would anonymously supply a downvote without furnishing it with even the simplest of reasoned explanation and thus waste the opportunity to make a difference in a deep seescape beyond shallow comprehension ..... you deny the veracity of the possibility of the parallel similarities which match ransom and taxation at your peril in those novel times of virtual space places which directly impact upon physical environments/Earthly terrain and politically divided and divisive territories.

  3. Bitsminer Silver badge

    UK, US and Australia

    So its Three Eyes now, is it?

    Five Eyes (FVEY) is no longer?

    1. julian.smith

      Re: UK, US and Australia

      Australia = Useful Idiot

  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    It’s all fun in the circus

    Until they stop the beer supply mate!

  5. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Don't pay extortionists? Firms shelled out $5bn in Bitcoin in 6 months

    Heard yesterday in a ransomware related webinar: most of the "ransomwared" companies now pay crooks, mostly because of

    1) being insured

    2) trying to avoid to have their dirty little secrets exposed (or at least thinking they won't be).

    Trusting crooks is so stupid, it's unbelievable most boards choose to do it.

    1. julian.smith
      Big Brother

      Talk's cheap

      "it's unbelievable most boards choose to do it" ... Please advise the names of your board positions

      You are not in that position ... nor are TLA wannabe's ... talk's cheap (value tends to zero)

      When the rubber hits the road the rational decision is to pay up!

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