Virus alert

A new virus is born:

A new cyber virus spread from Ukraine to wreak havoc around the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia.

The virus is believed to have first taken hold on Tuesday in Ukraine where it silently infected computers after users downloaded a popular tax accounting package or visited a local news site, national police and international cyber experts said.

More than a day after it first struck, companies around the world were still wrestling with the fallout while cyber security experts scrambled to find a way to stem the spread.

That sounds bad, but it may actually be way more dangerous than the report suggests:

This note from a friend with additional information illustrates the concern:
There is a weaponized computer virus spreading at the moment that is so lethal it’s scary. It looks as if some idiots may have tried to modify an already dangerous professional (NSA or similar) malware to be a ransomware and screwed it up to make it more lethal and entirely uncontrollable. You get told to pay 300 bitcoin (a huge sum by the way) but there’s no way to recover the system. Once it is in it burns it to the ground. No recovery possible.
Chernobyl is currently running in manual mode with retired operators who are already riddled with cancer from the first melt-down. […]
Repeat: Chernobyl’s entire computer system is crashed and it is running in MANUAL MODE with retired operators who are the only ones who know how to keep it from melting down.
And all the computers and all the software is going to have to be replaced entirely.
It has the Ukraine shut down. They literally are sending everyone home just so they don’t TOUCH their computers. The government has thrown up its hands. They’re basically headed for the dark ages.
There’s no present ‘patch’ for antivirus software. It basically laughs at it. The faster your system, the more vulnerable you become. Currently, the US has been kicking it out but it’s spreading so hard and fast that may not last long.
Right now, if you send me an email with an attachment or a link I’ll simply delete it.
Don’t click on any link even if you know the sender and know the sender sent it.
This may be over-stating but real experts who are fighting this in real time are talking ‘fire sale.’ That bad.

How long before an uncontrollable super-virus wipes out millions of PCs?

Practice good computer hygiene, kids, and Just Say No to weird links and attachments. And back up your stuff.

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