This has got totally out of hand.
I think we are heading towards a BIG MELTDOWN ahead of the November 3, 2020, U.S. Presidential Election.
I think these ‘hacker groups’ are a FRONT for STATE-SPONSORED attacks!
This is not good. This is NOT going to end well for US!
I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.
I am, however, still NOT convinced.
Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.
What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.
I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.
Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!
Think about it.
P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.
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The Cynic I Am, I Can’t Help Wondering Whether PC Security Companies Had A Hand In The Ransomware Attacks.
Yes, yes, yes … I know that this is an old chestnut and that there are plenty of posts, including determinations by ‘Snopes‘, that antivirus companies are SO ETHICAL (and atypical) that they would never even dream of doing anything so underhand.
But, I am an out-and-out cynic and I have been involved with computers for 48-years.
Yes, I could be wrong — totally wrong.
This, however, is something that has crossed my mind.
It would be so easy to do — surreptitiously. All ‘you’ would have to do is find a few hackers, on the ‘Dark Web’, on the quiet.
Let’s hope I am WRONG.
But, I have long maintained that security software that we install on our PCs represents the BIGGEST malware we have on our PCs! We give them carte blanche to see everything we do, communicate with impunity with a ‘mothership’ and install updates willy nilly!
Just something to think about. Being a cynic does have advantages.
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