Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ominous portent

"Colonial Pipeline paid hackers almost $5 million in ransom".

Hey, good thing this company will never get hacked again, huh?

Teddy Roosevelt: "Perdecaris alive or Raisuli dead".

Joe Biden: "Meh. Just pay up. It's only 5 mil".

Update  Important PSA from the Biden administration (courtesy of JeffS):


8 comments:

Steve Skubinna said...

"Just a private matter."

Meanwhile, the FBI wants to know if you've seen this dangerous grandmother, who was in DC with her walker on January 6.

Paco said...

That's what galls me the most. Usually, the FBI couldn't find its own ass with both hands, but it has no trouble tracking down grandma, who just happened to be in D.C. on January 6th. Maddening.

RebeccaH said...

Hackers are now going "Heyyyy, easy money!"

Paco said...

Somewhere a hacker is slapping his forehead and muttering, "Geez, we should have asked for 10 million!"

JeffS said...

Dane-Geld

A.D. 980-1016

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"

Veeshir said...

Millions for tribute! Not one cent for defense!*

*Unless it's against Americans

Deborah said...

FBI ineptitude may be just a ruse. Who keeps them from acting on known bad actors, and for what readon(s)?

Deborah said...

Please, could someone enlighten me on crypto currency? It isn't widely used as currency, from what I see. It isn't accepted at the market, stores, or car dealership, so....