Ealing Council UK facing £501,000 bill after its network was hit by a USB-borne virus

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  1. Keyboard_Commando

    Keyboard_Commando Registered Member

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    How to disable the Autorun

    USB anti autorun tool

    Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine

    Kinda funny ^^ unless you happen to live in the council area and now have to pay higher council tax as a result of their mistakes.:blink:

    Post any tip or tools if you know of any. I must admit USB security is something I haven't really got a clue about. As someone that has just made a USB recovery stick I guess I should get wise to it.
     
  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Reminds me of a limerick:

    There was a girl from Ealing,
    Who had a funny feeling,
    She lay on her back ...

    snip snip
    snip snip

    All over the ceiling ...


    Mrk
     
  3. Aberrant

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    Oh no. All that precious revenue lost.

    -1 for the council.
    +1 for the tax payers.

    :doubt:

    Interesting read nevertheless. Thanks poster.
     
  4. dawgg

    dawgg Registered Member

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    Think its -1 for the tax payers aswell... its +1 for those who parked on a yellow line when they shouldnt have... and the company who was paid to fix it :)

    Amature the way the computers had autorun enabled though - the admins need to go back to basics.
     
  5. eagle5

    eagle5 Registered Member

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    Does not say alot about the people maintaining their systems
     
  6. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

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    Search the forums for discussions of USB and Autorun.inf for tips and tweaks.
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    rich
     
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  7. Baz_kasp

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    Quite obvious they do not have an effective IT management policy in place...if their workstations were all updated with the needed windows updates, under the control of a reasonable group policy and password policy +using up to date antivirus software the chances of kido paralysing their network would be very, very low.
     
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