The Good Wife (reprinted from the Metro Spirit, 10-23-14)
So what does one do while you’re waiting for the new Apple OS to download on a Sunday evening? There are several things actually. You could hunker down in your man cave and watch Sunday Night Football. You could review all the email that came in over the weekend. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – Those are all options as long as you use your phone. In my case, you fix a sipping drink for yourself and your wife and turn on “The Good Wife.”
Yes, I know. It’s very manly. But those of you in the “Married…With Children” demographic will understand completely. Sunday evenings possess unique qualities during the weekly routine. The weekend is over, but the new week hasn’t yet started. The kids possess a certain morose over having to start another school week. The daily bedtime fight is less intense (unless someone forgot about a homework assignment – ugh!), and a certain calm settles over the house. The wife busies herself with some mindless activity, and I can finally relax for a few minutes.
Yes, a sipping drink is appropriate. And why not “The Good Wife?” It’s a good show. With the Yosemite download only at 23 percent, I don’t see any reason not to settle onto the couch with the wife and take a look.
This week, “The Good Wife “guest starred one of my personal favorite Internet threats, the cryptolocker virus. What a treat! The plot twist begins with Diane Lockhart standing in front of a computer and looking at an obviously fake email. I caught myself yelling at the television, “No, Diane! Don’t open the attachment!” It was of no use. She double clicked and instantaneously every desktop in the office started a 72-hour countdown timer. “Pay now, or else all your files will be deleted.”
Over the course of the next hour, viewers are treated to a wide sample of business IT fears. Do you need a document for court? Sorry, the computers are all down. I’ll just use the copy on my laptop. No can do…it got taken down with all the other computers on the network. No worries, we can just pull it from backup, right? Wrong, we spent the money allocated to backups to get the partner out of jail. Well, darn, I guess we’ll just have to pay the fine…oops, did I enter the wrong email address and send that data to my competition? This is not going well. Wait – here’s a phone number for tech support…after four hours on hold, you would think that they could resend that email? What buttheads!
(spoiler alert!) In the end, the amazing Kalinda drew upon her resources to track down the ringleader of the Russian crime syndicate running the cryptolocker scam. After a simple reverse webcam hack and a few anti-Putin emails, the unlock code is safely in her possession. Isn’t she awesome?
In reality, cryptolocker doesn’t play out very nicely. We’ve only seen a few cases, none of which had anything as sexy as a countdown timer. They all had data folders full of encrypted files. The only solution short of paying the ransom is wipe the machine and restore from backup. Most folks think you only need disaster recovery in case of fire or water damage. It turns out that a simple click of an email attachment will put a recovery plan into action.
Still waiting for Yosemite to download. After that I’ll need to upgrade my iPhone to 8.1. Guess we’ll have to talk about the new Apple OS next week!
Until next time… @gregory_a_baker