So it looks like garmin paid up....
The smar****ch maker had been targeted by ransomware which some researchers believe is created by sanctioned criminals.news.sky.com
The thing that amazed me in the Garmin outage was the breath of the attack. From online services to call centers to production lines - they hit pretty much everything.
They must have gotten access to some executive's PC that in turn had easy access to just about any other part of their infrastructure, so once they were in they basically owned the whole place and could lock it up with ransomware. Convenience usually trumps security. I wonder how many companies out there operate like that, with no security concept to speak of and no plan B if they get hit.
A lot. My brother works in IT. His previous employer was a big middle-sized companies with about 5,000 employees. They got hit bad by ransomware perhaps two years ago where 1,000 of their PCs were infected. Their only choice was to roll back the state of the computers 24 hours (fortunately, they had good backups, one of the things my brother was in charge of), but the employees could not work for a day. That's a €€€,€€€ loss in productivity right there — and they got lucky. And a stressful day for my brother and his colleagues.I wonder how many companies out there operate like that, with no security concept to speak of and no plan B if they get hit.
The not-so-funny thing is that our policing system hasn't caught up to this at all. Just imagine if I held a factory hostage by physically blocking access or sabotaging it. The company would call the police and the police would investigate. If the crime is “virtual”, then companies don't even report it. Many think it is bad publicity to even admit they were hacked, so they say nothing.
Is the effort really that serious once you factor in that our entire economy depends on IT? I understand that chasing them is very difficult as the same technologies that protect us from them protect them from us. And you are right that the inherent international nature of these crimes will make it more difficult, too.Yes, many of the crimes go unreported, partly because of US laws prohibiting payoffs. But cybercrime is being tracked and investigated, with well-coordinated takedowns by private-public partnerships of law enforcement and security industry teams in multiple countries. Any crime crossing jurisdictional boundaries is inherently more difficult to track.
I do hear that sometimes botnets are taken down, but that is just one form of cyber criminality. And probably you have to be pretty big to get on their radar. I imagine that it is exceptionally hard for states to hire talent. If you are a good security researcher/white hat hacker, you'll make a lot more in the industry. There are some exceptions, though, the security group at the Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ) comes to mind. The LRZ not only operates some serious supercomputers, but they protect quite a bit of the universities's IT infrastructure. (Universities are a big target, because they tend to have a boat load of bandwidth and some serious servers.)The FBI, RCMP, BKA, etc are after these guys and eventually they'll get them. Every now and then there's a big takedown of phishing/malware/botnet gangs, such as this raid in Ukraine against Gennady Kapkanov of the GozNym cybercrime ring. He fired an AK47 at the police arresting him, was released by an Ukrainian judge but rearrested two years later.
IMHO that's rather an indication of how poor companies's IT departments are funded and what level of technology they deploy. Many companies operate their IT on a shoestring budget and seem to consider them a mere cost rather than an essential part of doing business. Hopefully the pandemic will change that a bit, and show companies that they need to get with the times.The fact that many companies now have their employees and executives working from home makes this kind of cyber attack easier, as many are now not protected by corporate firewalls or are using home PCs that are not controlled by corporate IT departments or may even be shared with family members.
It's kinda weird, Japanese drivers (of cars) are amongst the most considerate internationally (at least in my experience). But Japanese cyclists can be maniacs, not caring about basic traffic laws. It seems this is like the theft of umbrellas, which is also somewhat socially accepted in a country where I can leave my iPhone on the table in a café to indicate my seat is taken.
Although I have to say, one contributing factor is the abysmal bike path network. One day, I swear I will take a video of the bike path I take every morning when I drop off my daughter at day care, it is a bike path from a Kafka novel. Pedestrians don't seem to care about bike paths either and move in random directions.
Sounds plausible.I think it is because as a car driver (which I am), you must be hyper sensitive and aware because Japanese cyclists (not the pros/club riders, just the causal ones) and pedestrians are almost universally not paying attention, and the cyclists I've seen are almost always committing one or more law violations.
It seems the lable says Grand Prix TT. But by the looks I'd say 5000. A mystery.The tire there is Continental--can anyone ID the specific 'model'?
(and rim brakes... )
Lopez’s crash looked nasty. Apparently, Campenaerts was complaining about the state of the roads. I only watched a bit as the Binck Bank was hotting up on the other side (great last 40km or so) but what I saw looked really fast!It's all about chainline efficiency. Basically keeping the chain as straight as possible.
So it's more efficient to have the chain in a huge chain ring on the front and in the middle of the block on the back, than it is to have it in say 53x11.
However on a downhill TT he probably got her in 'the big dog' on several occasions.
Sounds like another nightmare course too. Will rider safety ever become a priority...
Lopez’s crash looked nasty. Apparently, Campenaerts was complaining about the state of the roads. I only watched a bit as the Binck Bank was hotting up on the other side (great last 40km or so) but what I saw looked really fast!