A Whimsical Look at a Not-So-Funny Topic – Week of 01-08-2024

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Ransomware, Todd Laff, Todd Laff Chicago

In the latest episode of ‘Ransomware Gone Wild’, LockBit affiliates, much like rebellious teenagers, decided that hospital hacking is back on the menu, ethics be darned. The healthcare industry is buzzing like a kicked beehive, especially after SickKids in Toronto and a trio of German hospitals got an unwanted cyber handshake from LockBit. These guys are strong contenders if there’s a ‘bad idea’ award.

LockBit, the cyber-world’s equivalent of a troublesome celebrity, has been hogging the ransomware limelight since 2019. They’re not just a one-trick pony; these folks are innovators, bringing us the first macOS ransomware in April 2023 – talk about being platform-inclusive! With their fancy anti-analysis tricks and a penchant for breaking into systems through the digital equivalent of a secret backdoor, they’ve made quite the name for themselves.

And oh, the ransom demands! If you thought your last online shopping spree was extravagant, LockBit’s ransoms have reached the dizzying heights of $50 million. Their victim list reads like a who’s who, including space enthusiasts SpaceX, chip gurus TSMC, and even healthcare heroes like SickKids.

Now, onto the hot gossip in Ransomville: To pay or not to pay the ransom? That’s the million-dollar question (sometimes literally). While the cool-headed tech gurus advise against funding the digital underworld, there’s a tug-of-war of opinions, especially when human lives are at stake in places like hospitals. It’s like choosing between a rock and a hard place but with more zeroes on the price tag.

2023: The Year Ransomware Decided to Break Records? It looks like the baddies were particularly busy, with a staggering rise in attacks, especially aiming at the already overworked healthcare and education sectors. These numbers don’t even count the sneak attacks exploiting software vulnerabilities. It’s like knowing there’s a hidden trapdoor, but not quite knowing where it is.

In a plot twist, many of these cyber scuffles go unreported, making it harder for the cyber-sleuths to paint the full picture of this digital pandemonium. The moral of the story? It’s better to be a cyber-prepper, focusing on dodging the digital bullet rather than nursing a cyber wound.”


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Online Security Expert Todd Laff reviews online hacks and security issues and how to protect yourself and secure your network.
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