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Post by Barbs on Sat 13 Feb 2016 - 5:48

Well what a week this has been.


This time last week nasty people were invading our Servers as work.  They got in on Friday night,  Saturday morning a Ransom demand was made.  Payment was to be made in Bitcoins.  Support guys worked all weekend trying to recover and secure the network.  We always did backups, they were kept in a bombproof safe. Monday morning the tapes were taken from the safe to do a restore.  It appears they had been encrypted too.  The 'Bast***ds had been in earlier but left no signs and killed the backups.  Hindsight a wonderful thing but we have now learnt the hard way.  But back to the story,  We attempted to buy these 'Bitcoins'.  If you haven’t heard of them they are the Criminals Paypal.  Finally got them but the Hackers  had lost interest.  The system is now secure, we hope!!!!


So the decision was made to rebuild the information.  In a paperless environment that is hard work.  Luckily at the end of January we had an Audit and a download had been done to provide all the activity on the Sales and Purchase Ledger (remembered at 4am yesterday morning still not sleeping, reason I am here).  Hard to imagine that having an Audit could really be that useful. It still means we have to input all transactions from December but we now at least have lists of what should be there.  If there is any consolation to be had we were not the only ones hit last weekend


Moral of the Story Backup Backup Backup. 


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Post by Barbs on Thu 18 Feb 2016 - 6:06

Getting there but hard work.. Stupid o'clock starts and a brain that can't switch off.
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Post by Barbs on Sat 20 Feb 2016 - 14:02

Two weeks on I am now back in 2016 couple of weeks of hard work It's not over yet but I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Knowing my luck its just some hacker with a torch......
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Post by Barbs on Wed 24 Feb 2016 - 19:23

Found a new toy... Ok it's not that exciting but amusing
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Post by Barbs on Wed 24 Feb 2016 - 19:26

A Holoquad
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Post by Araf on Wed 24 Feb 2016 - 23:45

I'd prefer a quadcopter. Smile

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Post by Barbs on Thu 25 Feb 2016 - 6:18

Araf wrote:I'd prefer a quadcopter. Smile


I can believe that
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Post by Barbs on Thu 25 Feb 2016 - 17:52


it's the 25th February 2016.

How good that feels to say.....

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Post by colin565 on Thu 25 Feb 2016 - 23:41

Glad you never gave in to Ransom demands, these guys are the scum of the earth. 

I know we are taking servers here, but if it happened to my computer, I would go for a reboot to factory settings, and if that failed throw it out the window, and go out and buy another. 

Backup is the word, as you said, I always keep backups, private and confidential stuff off line on a disconnected portable drive, and only hook up if transferring data. 

Anyway, hope you can now get some good nights sleep.  Wink
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Post by Barbs on Fri 26 Feb 2016 - 5:42

Thank you.

Weather looks good for the. Weekend so it might be topless motoring. Lol
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