Lately I've seen a lot of news of this topic but what I haven't seen was someone step forward and ask for the obvious solution to this mega problem.
Ransom-ware is really big business for anyone who knows what they're doing.
- Create the virus
- Infect computer
- Demand the owner pay you in BitCoins to unlock it.
- BitCoins can not be tracked
- Cash in your new BitCoins for their worth and you're free to splurge
The ransom-ware issue is as old as BitCoin. With the spike in worth of BitCoin recently ($1800 per bitcoin) it was a given that something like this
was going to happen. As soon as I saw the value shoot up to 1800, I knew that either some other crypto bank would get hacked (probably from the
owners themselves... that's usually the case) or someone would do something on a mass scale that would require BitCoins as a ransom.
And there it is...
As soon as Japan allowed the use of BitCoin on a large scale as it did recently, I cringe that I didn't jump back on the coin when it was $200 per
coin all that long ago. It remained low for quite a while after.
Here is a History Chart for Prices and Events that moved those Prices
Here is a tad bit of info for each of these tools used in this beautiful heist that's wreaking so much
- Virus software that can infiltrate a system by email attachments (usually in docx format), visiting websites that will install the virus on your
system, infected thumb drives, etc. These viruses hit anyone and everyone, from the little old lady who desperately wants her pictures back that she
stores on her computer to your local donut shop. They are often directed to big money targets, like in this case, hospitals, that will almost always
pay to get their systems unlocked because of the desperate situation they're put in. Once the ransom is paid, the systems are unlocked.
.... Hospitals... Cmon man! WTF is so evil that they will target the sick and dying?!!!! It really takes a special kind of person. The persons
responsible should be hung in a public square and made a spectical of. Seriously! Find these bastards and slay them in front of the world!
- An untraceable form of currency that came to the internet some years ago that were worth almost nothing one day and blossomed out so much that it
made so many people millionaires almost overnight. Seriously... People had millions of these coins because it was just a 'thing'. It was never meant
to go anywhere. People were giving these away to each other in forums, reddit and everywhere else like stars on ATS. Basically it was just like the
stars and flags here. You threw up a naked picture of your wife... 100,000 BitCoins for you! Woot! Then one day... he with the most BitCoins, Won!
...and boy did they win. People started opening up virtual banks and wallets for this. More coins sprung out of nowhere. Eventually, those bank
owners and wallet makers and even crafty people who knew how to get around those, started stealing those coins because face it... There were no laws
against it and it wasn't a protected commodity. Some countries started taking note and banned them. Some let them be used as currency of sorts.
Some countries even allowed prosecution of those who were stealing, hacking and embezzling these coins. Government agencies really got into it when
Silk Road became a huge issue. It''s ALL ABOUT THE DRUGS!!! Then the world knew all about BitCoin.
- The interesting things about BitCoins... They are blockchains that act like encryption. You can't track the source or the destination. It's 100%
anonymous. The guys running Silk Road would have never been caught had he not been a complete dumbass. It's a currency based on encryption where you
put a worth to it by the difficulty of "mining" the stuff from a virtual place. Imagine this. Lets say your computer is hosting a seed. A person
logging in to your computer calculates 1+1=2 then 1+2=3 and so forth and so on. That would give you 2 fractions of a bit coin. Lets say those
numbers get REALLY high (like today) and it takes a lot more processing power and time for your system to figure out the next calculation. That's
what BitCoin is. The numbers don't mean anything. It's just silliness that worth billions today. However, some coins do have a use when applied to
science. Though, for the most part... It may have been just a silly little thing in the beginning, but it turned into the currency of choice to cover
up everything from drug sales to prostitution to gun running to anything and everything you didn't want a trail.
So you see... It's the perfect storm. Two tools used to spread malice come together to wreak havoc all over the world. Ahh... The perfect virtual
ok... So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out.
Ransom-ware started with BitCoin. You want to get rid of the issue? Ban crypto currencies. At least ban it until there is a way to track
Look, I'm all for crypto currencies because it's how money should be... anything you find of worth may have a worth to someone else. It's the big F U
middle finger to the man. But, there is a big problem with this that one only realizes when something like this takes place...
If you can't track a source or destination of a currency, there is no way to track who's doing all of the crazy stuff like this. Imagine the
potential that this kind of activity can have on the world. We're already seeing a small part of it compared to what it could really be.
Simple... BAN UNTRACEABLE CRYPTO CURRENCIES
The prices will plummet to eventually nothing. This little problem will go away over night.
Still... The "conspiracy nut" in me asks... "Who really did this? Is it possible our government did it"?
Look at the info here. Russia is pretty pissed that they're being affected. The delivery system was possibly a tool made by our own agencies. I
always wondered how that stuff got out so easily.
One would think if we can make software that damn sophisticated... How did it get out so easy? You would think that our servers are more secure than
the software we made to unsecure other servers. Cmon... If you're going to build a nuclear reactor, you better build a good wall to contain it!
Something doesn't fit right with me. I feel more like:
"Lets build this really sophisticated Trojan that can infiltrate any system. Let's claim it's been stolen. Hell, let's distribute it ourselves and
say it's been stolen. Then... Wait for it... Lets RANSOMWARE major systems everywhere! It's the perfect bait and switch. While people are freaking
out over that, we can quietly be in other systems or whatever...."
Or... Maybe our own government did this to take down BitCoin and crypto currencies. It's becoming very successful now. Other people are building on
it to make their own currency because it's solid. You can't "print more" the way you do with paper money. You can't track it. You can't hack it or
counterfeit it. (you can only hack the hosting wallets or banks). I'd imagine many governments who want to control money (Big banks!) would be
really pissed at this becoming so big. And it DID get so big. It's worth more than gold!!! ...and there is no way in hell banks can control it.
Oh yeah... Btw... I hope I don't turn up missing or hunted down like a terror after this post
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