Disturbing Bitcoin Virus: Encrypts (instead of deleting) victims files, then demands transaction ID to decrypt proving they made a 2BTC payment to attacker... QuickBT received 2 separate calls about this just yesterday...
Preface: We allow Canadians to buy .4 Bitcoin quickly using debit. As the title describes, yesterday we received a panic call from an innocent business owner who's business files (this virus targets AutoCAD, Illustrator, Quickbooks, powerpoint and other business file.ext's) had been encrypted by this virus. His staff and business were at a standstill until he could buy "Bitcoin" (which of course he had never heard of and this was such a great first exposure for him...) Apparently, the virus gave him an address, and was requested a transaction ID proving he made the payment. He only has 30 hours to do so, and cannot sign up for exchanges etc. Has anyone else heard of this? It's TERRIBLE the more we think about it. We are extremely reluctant to facilitate this type of transaction. However we CAN help very easily using our system. If you goto a bank to take out ransom money to get a child back, is the bank complicit? One option we are considering is requiring a police report and approval, however we are simply fuelling this scam then... Thoughts? EDIT: Apologies to the community for the aggressive "Bitcoin Virus" title. We can't change it now, but we will be more careful in the future not to slander the Bitcoin brand. We were just upset at how powerful this ransomware could be. EDIT 2: Fast forward a few years - those attacks were common for a bit, but now security is stronger and taken far more seriously by consumers :) We are doing what we can: https://quickbt.com/pdf/20131010_QuickBT_and_cybercrime_requests.pdf
Prepare for Negative Media Coverage. UK NHS hit by Bitcoin virus
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/12/hospitals-across-england-hit-by-large-scale-cyber-attack Hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, the NHS has confirmed, which has locked staff out of their computers and forced many trusts to divert emergency patients. The IT systems of NHS sites across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit, with a pop-up message demanding a ransom in exchange for access to the PCs. NHS England said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon. According to reports, affected hospitals include those run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, Barts Health in London, Essex Partnership university NHS trusts, the university hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust, Southport and Ormskirk hospital NHS trust and Blackpool teaching hospital NHS foundation trust. Share your experiences of the NHS Read more In a message to a Guardian reporter, one NHS IT worker said: “At approximately 12.30pm we experienced a problem with our email servers crashing. Following this a lot of our clinical systems and patient systems were reported to have gone down. “A bitcoin virus pop-up message had been introduced on to the network asking users to pay $300 to be able to access their PCs. You cannot get past this screen. This followed with an internal major incident being declared and advised all trust staff to shut down all PCs in the trust and await further instructions.
So I decided to play around with bitcoin today. Started my own QT server, sent myself a few coins and used a plugin python script to verify that my wallet received them, used a tutorial to start my own bitcoinj server, and this is where things got weird. My razer keyboard's firmware stopped working. At first, I assumed that it was the driver so I deleted it by hand, no good, plugged it back in, still sending odd keys. After that I immediately took my computer offline and tried the keyboard on another throw away box that I have, same problem. In fact, it added a new exe (!) to razer's driver directory on my Windows machine (I was originally on Ubuntu). This keyboard had already been connected to that machine, it wouldn't have installed a new exe on connecting. So apparently connecting yourself to the bitcoin core is not only not safe, it has some of the most advanced attackers that I've ever witnessed. I want to specify that this only seemed to happen when I used bitcoinj to download a shortened blockchain. I guess that when you have to trust peers for anything, you are at risk of downloading malicious material, but I really thought that the existing clients (such as bitcoinj) would be smart enough to check blockchain md5's or something to prevent this. Absolutely brutal introduction for an interested programmer.
Herd Immunity Against Bitcoin? Analysts Claim Bitcoin ‘Virus’ Has Peaked
Analysts at Barclays PLC have divided the pool of potential Bitcoin investors into three groups — “susceptible, infected and immune” — likening the spread of Bitcoin investment to that of an infectious disease, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, April 10. According to this “epidemiological" model, which Barclays delivered to clients in a note Tuesday, the “immunity threshold” among new investors has now been reached, and the crypto virus is in remission,As more of the population become asset holders, the share of the population available to become new buyers – the potential ‘host’ population – falls, while the share of the population that are potential sellers (‘recoveries’) increases. Eventually, this leads to a plateauing of prices, and progressively, as random shocks to the larger supply population push up the ratio of sellers to buyers, prices begin to fall. That induces speculative selling pressure as price declines are projected forward exponentially,According to the analysis, first word-of-mouth about soaring asset prices spreads investment susceptibility like a fever, yet now that awareness of cryptocurrencies is almost universal in developed economies, the analysts claim the optimal moment for “secondary infections” is probably over. Bearish markets are likely here to stay, they say. As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, Bitcoin is currently stuck in a downtrend trend, trading at $6,846 to press time, with other altcoins’ recovery attempts stalling as well. As of press time, today has seen some very tiny fluctuations towards better health in market cap among the top ten coins (BTC up 1.23 percent, ETH up 2.56 percent), but the markets are hardly blooming. Many analysts have a different outlook to the Barclays stenographers, suggesting that significant capital from institutional investors will come flooding in exactly because the “the speculative froth phase” of the crypto space is over. Yesterday, April 9, Cointelegraph reported on a decidedly healthy diagnosis for Bitcoin from Hong Kong, and earlier this week news broke of planned investment in cryptocurrencies from major institutional firms Soros Fund Management and Rockefeller’s Venrock.
My coworker has a gateway zx6971, which got infected with the bitcoin virus. Was wondering if anyone knew how to get rid of it? It starts up to a bluescreen apparently and she can't do anything. It's running windows 7, so I was maybe thinking booting into bios and then trying to either install windows 10, or if I can get to the console somehow and just erase the hard drive?
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