Reddington!!! He swore he would keep it to himself!
 February 24, 2015 at 1:03am
The malware looks for specific data file types on local drives, and depending on the malware, also mapped network drives, and encrypts them; then you get the ransom popup. Usually they are encrypted with AES-256 or RSA-1024.
Some utilities are available for specific trojans, but you can’t count on getting that lucky because the threats are constantly mutating. Generally, if the files are encrypted you can kiss them goodbye unless you have backups. On rare occasions you can recover some of them from shadow copy as well if you get there quickly enough.
And some variants of this type of malware can be notoriously hard to completely remove from the computer. Safest and fastest thing to do is a bare metal image restore of the infected computer or reinstall of the OS, and then restore date, but it’s still a PITA.
As far as the FBI, they don’t have jurisdiction in Russia or China, this type of activity is pretty much ubiquitous, and there are much bigger cyber threats out there for the FBI to deal with that make ransom-ware look like chump change in comparison.
Most important things are up-to-date anti-virus-malware, good backups, and user education, although if the email is spoofed well its hard to tell that it’s not legit, and there are other infection vectors besides email.
 February 23, 2015 at 11:48pm
Got any idea how many private businesses get hit by this malware? I do… Privatizing a police force is moot.
 February 22, 2015 at 6:37pm
I can understand the father’s frustration and anger, but it’s been no secret how profoundly dangerous it is to even set foot in places like Syria. I’ve seen a video of this young woman professing her desire to express “solidarity with the Syrian people”.
She was a member of the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led “peace” organization resisting Israeli “occupation”. Rachel Corrie was another ISM member, who got killed when she thought it would be a good idea to step in front of a moving IDF bulldozer.
The kind thing to say is that she was a naive idealist, blinded by her zeal to the realities and dangers of the world. It got her killed. Whether it was by ISIS execution or Jordanian bombs, that’s a human tragedy, but it’s not a reason to start paying ransom for hostages.
 February 22, 2015 at 4:45pm
Umm… 5th week of pregnancy? Ever hear of the X and Y Chromozomes? They combine at conception, not 5 weeks after. As long as we’re talking “physiologically” impossible, try creating a human the old fashioned way without male sperm… Belief in God and Genesis is a matter of faith, not the nuts and bolts of reproductive biology. Stop trying to trash other people’s beliefs to make your feminist self feel superior.
The Y chromosome tags one for eventual differentiation into a male. Initially, however, one's body is chemically that of a female, not a male.
Source: My career as a geneticist.
If we’re talking WHOSE machinery God set up first, then I guess there is only one answer, now isn’t there?!
so your saying sex in the case doesnt work and god does it all? so i could go bang a bunch of people and have a chance of not making a baby ALRIGHT! im gonna go to exactly that
 February 22, 2015 at 12:41pm
Credit where credit is due, but as many have already noted, that makes about 1,599,999,000 to go. Even when people talk about “moderate” or “mainstream” Islam, I cringe. When I look to countries that represent the mainstream of Islamic society, I think of Saudi Arabia and the gulf states, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq. If that’s moderate, we need to find a dictionary, quick. For the record, there are Muslims I admire for standing up at the risk of their lives, such as Zhudi Jasser or Irshad Manji. From what I can tell, people like them are the true radicals. I would be proud to call either of them, or anyone like them, a friend. Give me more radicals like Jasser or Manji.
February 21, 2015 at 6:51pm
So in other words, we know DC is a hell hole of crime, but you’re just as likely to become a victim as anyone else; and we intend to make sure it stays that way.
 February 20, 2015 at 11:47pm
In California she’d likely be dead. All transfers have to go through an FFL, you need to have a Firearm Safety Certificate, and there is a ten day waiting period for first time owners.
February 17, 2015 at 8:18am
Bin Laden was the son of a rich Saudi family, poor man. If only we had given him a job…
 February 16, 2015 at 7:37pm
I’m really fed up with the “hate crime” nonsense. Vandalism is vandalism, murder is murder, regardless of who it is perpetrated against.
 February 16, 2015 at 7:11pm
Personally I prefer the fair tax proposal; primarily on philosophical grounds because I believe taxing a person’s livelihood makes him or her tantamount to a serf or a sharecropper and turns the relationship between citizen and government on its head. But I could live with a flat tax if that’s what we can get.
 February 16, 2015 at 6:59pm
Those damn Amish extremists are the *worst*.
 February 16, 2015 at 5:13pm
It wasn’t just Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Even the French thought Iraq had an ongoing WMD program.
In 2002 Senator Kerry announced that he would be voting for the AUMF “because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
The same year, Ted Kennedy said “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
And also in 2002, Senator Byrd said “We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical- and biological-warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons.”
Hillary Clinton stated “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical- and biological-weapons stock, his missile-delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaeda members.”
I can keep going, but there was a widespread belief even in Democratic circles that Hussein was operating a covert WMD program and was doing everything in his power to evade the inspectors. After the fact, these folks either exhibited mass selective amnesia, or claimed they were duped by the Bush administration, a somewhat incredulous claim especially since they liked to simultaneously call Bush a buffoon.
February 16, 2015 at 4:10pm
Note the word “others”. Who are “others”? Anonymous “sources”. What type “munitions”? Nothing specific is reported. Surely if these anonymous “others” are so knowledgeable, with so much first hand access, they could also tell us the specific designation of the chemical weapon. It is no secret we encouraged other countries in the region to send conventional bombs and shells to Iraq, but that is not the same as shipping them WMD. The Iraqi’s themselves more likely converted them to disperse chemical agents.
Regarding chemicals weapons programs, first of all, with a couple of short interruptions, Iraq had a chemical weapons program since the early 1960′s. Some chemical plants were built by and chemical precursors were provided by European countries, not the US… however Iraq itself also had built production plants and developed it’s own delivery weapons, including Borak missiles.
As for the biological agents, the CDC and the American Type Culture Collection shipped research strains to the University of Baghdad. They shipped hundreds of samples to dozens of countries worldwide annually as part of a longstanding worldwide research program. These shipments were approved by the Commerce Department as they were not prohibited at the time.
 February 15, 2015 at 12:43pm
OH NO! Now they will have to ask mommy and daddy for more money…
February 15, 2015 at 11:11am
Straw man argument. Show me one Muslim majority nation in 2015 that isn’t a hellhole of repression and intolerance in the name of its prophet.
 February 12, 2015 at 7:45pm
Well nobody ever said “smart” was part of the job description, but you have to be a particularly unique sort of idiot to steal a surveillance camera.
February 11, 2015 at 8:23am
OK take off the tinfoil hat now. The photo is a link from a Business Insider Australia story about Choudary, which itself includes a link to a Daily Telegraph story (a conservative paper); neither of which are flattering.