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Somerset County, New Jersey, was hit by a ransomware attack this week that hobbled its ability to conduct business, and also cut off access to essential data. "Services that depend on access to county databases are temporarily unavailable, such as land records, vital statistics, and probate records. Title searches are possible …

  1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
    Coat

    China is a Russian "ally" -- Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure

    So what if China has been hacking Russian companies? What can Russia do, launch an attack into China?

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: China is a Russian "ally" -- Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure

      If I was in Russia and creating Malware I'd make it look like it was from China, and if I was in China creating Malware I'd make it look like it had Russian origins. But if I was in North Korea writing malware I'd add some indicators to give people both of the two "sources" to everything.

      Malware is everywhere ... this is malware-change these days, all organizations need to start assuming that they will be hacked and all their data lost, moving to an environment where there is zero-zero access to their data from outside and only read-only access internally. Update the data internally via a keyboard with multiple inaccessible backups.

      Sure - this is not going to be easy but malware is easy so everything harder is safer.

  2. b0llchit Silver badge
    Alert

    Rise of the machines

    AI can 'catch and kill malware' in 0.3 seconds

    It surely looks like SkyNet. It also starts to smell like SkyNet. Please do not connect to missiles or it will be(come) SkyNet.

    1. Oh Matron!

      Re: Rise of the machines

      I wouldn;t be too worried about terminators.... I'd be more worried about a threat actor uploading a bogus firmware update to john deer tractors. That would result in a horrible famine!

      1. b0llchit Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Rise of the machines

        But everybody can easily repair their own tractor, can't they? Hello? Hello...?

        (I think the internet is down)

    2. iron Silver badge

      Re: Rise of the machines

      I was thinking it sounds a bit like Soulkiller from Cyberpunk, that's an AI too.

  3. J.G.Harston Silver badge

    " it has a 14 percent false positive rate that "remains too high to adopt this approach as-is," the researchers wrote."

    That's seven times better than the AV on my machine that complains every time I try to save over an existing RTF document.

    1. gerdesj Silver badge
      Childcatcher

      Rich Text

      Do you really use RTF (Rich Text Format)? It's a strange https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format "missing link" within:

      plain text -> wiki text -> full on word processor/DTP

      The wiki page alleges that it was yet another attempt by MS to take the piss, competitively speaking. I think it was an early MS attempt at getting to grips with how to do anti-competitiveness.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yet Another Malware Killer

    “What the team said their design does differently is add real-time malware killing to the mix that eliminates the need to send data to administrators for verification, losing valuable seconds to stop an infection.”

    Defender for Endpoint (and I’m sure competitive equivalents) already has “block at first sight” (aka Cloud Delivered Protection) to prevent unknown or polymorphic malware. Attack Surface Reduction also has rules to block software with low or no reputation. Plus it’s maturing and improving constantly, with a massive head start.

    Best thing this company could do is sell its IP to an established player, which is probably what they’re gunning for with this press release.

    Last thing I need is another bloody magic antimalware bullet for some sales droid to sell to my management at the pub. There are more effective tools already in the tool belt that need to be implemented properly first.

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