March 31, 2016

Ransomware

TokyoTosho looks like it's been hacked.

(UPDATE: NO IT HASN'T. I need to pay closer attention to the calendar.)

All accesses (by me) are directed to a page which claims I've been infected by ransomware, that all my files have been encrypted, and giving instructions for paying ransom.

But my files are fine. I'm running a scan right now, but I don't expect it to turn up anything. I think it's just text, just a bluff. However, I'm not going to experiment with it to make sure, for obvious reasons.

And it would probably be a good idea for everyone to avoid TokyoTosho for a few days until the mods there notice (which shouldn't take long) and do something about it.

UPDATE: It claimed to be "Petya Ransomware" and there is indeed such a beast. But it doesn't act like what just happened to me. Meanwhile, Microsoft Security Essentials says I'm clean. Malwarebytes Antimalware is running now.

UPDATE: If this is a TokyoTosho April 1st joke, it's in terrible taste. On the other hand, if Malwarebytes turns up something else I didn't know about, it'll be rather ironic.

Meanwhile, BakaBT is running a joke, as well. Theirs is obnoxious but not frightening.

UPDATE: Malwarebytes also says I'm clean. I bet that the source for that page says "April Fool", or that entering a number at the prompt leads to a page that says that, but I don't intend to find out.

UPDATE: The page URL is http://www.tokyotosho.info/20160401/ which pretty much ices it. Bad TokyoTosho! Bad Dog! No doggie treat for you tonight!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 05:01 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Time to log off the internet for 24 hours.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 31, 2016 06:31 PM (PiXy!)

2 Heh. I like World of Warships April Fools joke better.  Wonderduck probably will too.  Which reminds me, I'm having trouble getting to his site...

Posted by: ubu at March 31, 2016 06:33 PM (GfCSm)

3 Ubu, yeah, a toy ship bathtub mode is a great April Fool's joke.  Even better if it's real.  But that's a lot of work.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 31, 2016 06:35 PM (PiXy!)

4 You could say I like it, yes...

If I remember correctly, two or three years ago, TT had a fake "The FBI has noticed you, you pirate!" page on April Fool's...

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 31, 2016 06:55 PM (KiM/Y)

5 Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 now runs Linux.

Except that it's real.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 31, 2016 10:55 PM (PiXy!)

6 That permits you to run all the great Linux applications that haven't been ported to Windows yet, such as... I'll get back to you.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 01, 2016 12:05 PM (XOPVE)

7 GREP and SED, for instance... (And how could you forget AWK?)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 01, 2016 12:11 PM (+rSRq)

8 I have binaries for all of those on this Win7 machine.  (Well, I have gawk, not vanilla awk.)  Dunno how people live without them. 

Posted by: Mikeski at April 01, 2016 05:48 PM (BKBr8)

Posted by: muon at April 01, 2016 06:37 PM (8ak9G)

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