Petyawrap

SECURITY: Current Global Ransomware Attacks
Another global ransomware attack is making the rounds, starting last night in the Ukraine and spreading internationally. This ransomware appears to be a new Petya variant called Petyawrap, and will encrypt a local hard drive using a fake Check Disk application (see screen shot).

To avoid infection; “Think before you click.”
* do not open email attachments that you did not request
* do not download files from links in emails from unknown senders
* be particularly aware of ‘phishing’ sites requesting your login details

Apply security updates in MS17-010
https://technet.microsoft.com/…/libr…/security/ms17-010.aspx

If you are infected (your computer displays the screen shown in the screen shot), switch off the computer, remove the power and contact your IT Help Desk for assistance.
The email provider has closed the Petya inbox preventing file recovery if the disk has been encrypted.[4]

[1] https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Checking+out+the+new+Petya+variant/22562/
[2] https://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2017/06/unit42-threat-brief-petya-ransomware/
[3] https://arstechnica.co.uk/security/2017/06/petyawrap-wcry-ransomware/
[4] https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/email-provider-shuts-down-petya-inbox-preventing-victims-from-recovering-files/

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Wednesday WIN (2017-Jun-28)

Run Forever: The film of Nicky Spinks & The Double Bob Graham
The inspirational Nicky Spinks made fell running history in May by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old cancer-survivor marked 10 years post-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 minutes. She took over an hour off the previous record set in 1979 by Roger Baumeister, who was there in person to support Nicky during her attempt.
The story of Nicky’s incredible life and phenomenal Double Bob Graham Round success has been told in a new film called RUN FOREVER. The film premiered at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November and won the Judge’s Special Prize.
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Only the Essential: Pacific Crest Trail Documentary
In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. “Only The Essential” is the story of their 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Awards & 2015 Selection: Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Best Feature Film, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Mountain Graz Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film, Festival, Lyons Film Fest, Green Unplugged Online Fest, Portland Eco-film Festival, Back to Nature Film Festival
Wild Confluence Media

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #247 – Sesame Street – Famous Artists II

sesame_street Sesame Street

Where do furry monsters and famous personalities mix and mingle? On Sesame Street, of course! Watch what happens when celebrities meet Elmo, Zoe, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang.

And now for some music …
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Mission Run: Redwood Forest – Cement Creek

Redwood Forest – Cement Creek
Cement Creek Rd, East Warburton VIC 3799

❝Standing in the filtered light of midday, you could be excused for imagining you had been teleported to California, rather than being just an hour from Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. Towering above you are trees as high as 55 metres, giant trees, not native to these lands and planted in a grid formation.
Nestled amongst the Australian bush outside Warburton, Redwood Forest is a strange and enchanting sight. The trees date back to the 1930 when they were planted by the Board of Works. Further plantings took place in the 1960s. The trees were all planted in a grid and were intended to control weeds which had grown out of control following the clearing of the native vegetation. However, they were later used by the Board of Works to study forest hydrology – the relationship between types of vegetation and water yield. This was especially important with regards to water catchment areas.❞ Adventure Me


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This weeks links (2017-06-26)

In brief:

* The war on privacy (2017-Jun-16) [Radio Adelaide]
How safe is your data? Dr. Suelette Dreyfus a technology researched at The University of Melbourne joined Jennie Lenman and Ian Newton to speak about the government’s eagerness to access encrypted data through the ‘backdoor’ of the internet. Suelette discussed the importance of privacy and how these laws can be potentially dangerous.

Running:

* Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world’s best mountain runner – video [Guardian]
Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world.

* LIGHTING THE FIRE : Jim Walmsley’s Unlikely Road to Western States 100

Cycling:

* Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine from July (2017-Jun-27) [The Age]
Unless parked, riders will be fined for using their mobile phones, even while stationary.
Exemptions will apply if the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the bicycle, not held by the rider, or is being used to perform a navigational or intelligent highway vehicle system function.

* Dockless bike share: privacy and safety concerns voiced ahead of Sydney launch (2017-Jun-25) [Guardian]

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Viper Vixen Goddess Saint by Fire Down Below

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Melburn Roobaix 2017

Event: Melburn Roobaix 2017
Distance: 40km (ish)
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017
Location: Melbourne
Organised by: FYXO

The Queen of the Classics – Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and most gruelling one day race in the world. For over 100 years it has forced it’s participants to ride from the south to the North over abandoned farm roads, in a bid to hold aloft a trophy of a single cobble stone.
Melburn Roobaix is furthest thing from a race, in distance, speed or spirit. While the cobbles feature heavily, and the ride also concludes in a velodrome, this is a day to rekindle the wonder of your youth spent exploring the neighbourhood, hanging out with friends, making new ones and discovering a part of the city you never knew existed.
Dress up, ride whatever you like, the wilder the better with prizes awarded to the ‘cutest couple’ and the ‘most awesome foursome’. Other prizes to be won are for ‘craziest contraption’, ‘dirtiest rider’ and ‘Spirit of Roobaix’ – you can even ‘Win your weight in Beer’ thanks to Temple Brewing.

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30 Days Wild (week 4 + a bit)

30DaysWild Random Acts of Wildness
The 30 Days Wild challenges you to do something wild every day for the month of June.
Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness.
What is a Random Act of Wildness?
A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours!

★ Random Acts of Wildness: 101 ideas
★ Wildlife Watch: Activity Sheets

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