Acer Hit by Ransomware Attack

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Stupid hackers, think money grows on trees. Just because a company is famous doesn't mean it can afford humongus sums of ransom money.
 

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100M if they pay late, or a 20% discount if paid early....
 

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20% discount looks like a good deal ;)

Much loss of face (and maybe cash) for Acer if this is true though.
 

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20% discount looks like a good deal ;)
In my opinion any payment is a VERY bad deal

IMHO there is absolutely no chance of Acer paying even with the hackers promise of

The attackers also offered a 20% discount if payment was made by this past Wednesday. In return the ransomware gang would provide a decryptor, a vulnerability report, and the deletion of stolen files.
which appears to have been the 17 March

At one point, the REvil operation offered a cryptic warning to Acer "to not repeat the fate of the SolarWind."

and I am sure as well that Acer would not for one moment believe the promise.
Even if it was honoured it would set a standard for the hackers that would open the flood gates.

Why Acer? - well I have my own ideas.
 

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This evinces the expression: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" 🤦‍♂️
 

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This reminds me of the famous quote by Oscar Wilde :-

"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness"
 
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It is impossible to secure everything in one week, especially for a large organization like Acer. I pity them.

The best bang for the buck, IMHO, is for them to run a vulnerability checker like Nessus on everything then test and patch in order of the vulnerabilities' critical level.
 
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