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Religion / Re: Are cows hindu?
« Last post by Sandra Craft on Today at 12:52:31 AM »
Cows being 'The Chosen People' of their religion? I think they would totally be Hindu. Pigs, on the other hand, would be atheists, and reviled by 2 of the Abrahamic religions, along with those weird Seventh Day Adventists.

But on the other hand, Jews and Muslims don't eat pigs so there may be an element of safety for them in joining those religions, reviled or no. 
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Life As An Atheist / Re: On being atheist in Nigeria!
« Last post by Icarus on Today at 12:42:22 AM »
May he live in peace...........evidently not in Nigeria.   Aaaargh.
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Media / The Quiet Life of the Nemesis of Ransomware Gangs
« Last post by Recusant on March 24, 2019, 11:51:33 PM »
I'm far enough out of the cybersecurity loop that I've never heard of this fellow. Apparently he's doing an amazing service, but he needs to take better care of himself. Hat-tip to Lark for showing me this story. :sidesmile:  :toff:

"Hated and hunted" | BBC

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Ransomware is a particularly nasty type of computer virus.

Instead of stealing data or money from victims, the virus takes control of computers and scrambles every single document, picture, video and email.

Then the ransom demand is issued. Sometimes it’s written inside a note left on a desktop, sometimes it just pops up on a screen without warning.

"I'VE ENCRYPTED YOUR FILES PAY ME OR THEY WILL BE GONE FOREVER"

They always come with a price tag. Pay the hackers a few hundred pounds - or sometimes thousands - and they’ll restore your files.

All of the victims mentioned above were hit with some form of ransomware. But the Hong Kong businessman didn’t lose his job and the photographer and head teacher were able to recover their work.

None had to pay any money, and once they’d got their lives back in order, all sent emails of thanks to the same person.

He’s a man who has devoted himself, at huge personal cost, to helping victims of ransomware around the world. A man who guards his privacy dearly to protect himself, because for every message of gratitude he receives, almost as many messages of abuse come at him from the cyber criminals who hate him.

In fact, they hate him so much that they leave him angry threats buried deep inside the code of their own viruses.

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