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What to do when you encounter BBBW Malwares

“With hackers looking to maneuver through the data of internet users, the creation of malwares have taken the order of the day, and one of those to consider is the BBBW Malwares.”



What to do when you encounter BBBW Malwares

With hackers looking to maneuver through the data of internet users, the creation of malwares have taken the order of the day, and one of those to consider is the BBBW Malwares.

Are there any BBBW file extensions on your computer that you can’t open? Additionally, you might have discovered a text file infected folders advising you to buy a decryption program to regain access to your data because your files have been encrypted.

If this is the case, BBBW ransomware has attacked your system and has encrypted your files. How does this ransomware variant operate then? Is it worthwhile to pay a ransom to unlock your files? What other choices do you have except paying the ransom?

Almost any file format that the BBBW malwares can access is encrypted once it has infected a user’s computer. Because of the additional BBBW extension, all of the corrupted files cannot be opened.

For instance, the file “audio.mp3” will change to “audio.mp3.bbbw,” and this is true of all infected files on your computer. The virus’s creators also add a text document to the infected folder in addition to changing a file’s format.

According to the text document, the user’s data has been encrypted using a key that can only be decrypted with the key. Criminals demand a ransom from their victims by claiming that the only way to decode their data is to purchase a costly decryption tool.

They propose transmitting any of the compromised files, which they offer to decode, in order to win the victim’s trust. The victims are given two or more email addresses where they can get in touch with the offenders.

The scammers include an urgency clause in the text that promises to provide the victim a 50% discount on the decryption tool in exchange for contacting them as soon as possible. Is paying a ransom worth it? is a reasonable question to pose.

No way, Jose! It is not guaranteed that you will receive the decryption tool even if you pay the ransom. In the event that they do, you will act as one of their sponsors and they will utilize your money to lure further users into their trap.

Paying a ransom for your data therefore also hurts other people.

What to Do If BBBW Ransomeware Infects Your Computer

If you have a data backup, it will affect how you handle a BBBW ransomware infestation. What you should do in both instances is outlined below:

What to do when you encounter BBBW Malwares

Do you have a copy of your data on backup? Rebuild It

The only vulnerability on which scammers rely to take advantage of users is the infection of crucial data with malware. As a result, you can swiftly restore files from the backup without paying a ransom if you have a backup of your data.

However, you should remove all viruses from your computer before restoring your backup; otherwise, your backup may get infected.

Unless the external drive has been thoroughly cleaned, avoid connecting it to your device.

Avoid opening online backups for restoration on the same infected computer.

Instead, do the following actions (if appropriate):

Start your computer in Safe Mode first. Refer to our instructions for entering Safe Mode on Windows 10, Windows 11, and macOS if you don’t know how to accomplish it.

To make sure your system is malware-free, download antivirus software after entering Safe Mode and run a thorough malware scan.

Once the scan is finished, exit Safe Mode and permanently remove any infected files.

If your computer was infected, you can use Windows’ System Recover tool to return it to that state, or you can restore data from Time Machine backups on a macOS device. If you want your OS to be more cleaner, you can also factory reset your Windows (or macOS) device.

You can use the backup to restore your files after a computer reset or restore.

Will you be able to handle the infection if you don’t have any backups? And this is how.

Lacking a backup? If You Can, Decrypt the Files

The only way to restore your files if BBBW malwares have infected your device and you do not have a backup is by decrypting them.

The BBBW virus is a member of the STOP/DJVU family of ransomware viruses, hence decryption tools capable of opening files encrypted by this strain are required.

What to do when you encounter BBBW Malwares

There is a reason to believe that Emsisoft’s decryptor for STOP/DJVU is the best decryptor for eradicating infected files with the BBBW variant after testing several ransomware decryptors.

To use the Emsisoft decryptor for STOP/DJVU to open encrypted files, just follow these steps:

Download the STOP/DJVU decryptor from Emsisoft.

Run as administrator by choosing with a right-click on the downloaded file.

Click Yes when the UAC window appears.

Click I accept and then click OK in the License Terms window.

To add folders containing encrypted data, click the Add folder button on the Decryptor tab.

Select the incorrect folder if you added it by error, then click Remove object (s).

Check the box next to Keep encrypted files under the Options tab. This will guarantee that you have the original encrypted files to decode with other tools in the event that your data are lost during the decryption process, the decryption process alters the file’s information, or the file becomes unusable.

Click Decrypt once all folders containing the files you want to decrypt have been added.

Allow the tool to finish decrypting data before checking its success.

If the tool is able to successfully decrypt your files, we advise making a backup of your information and putting it online storage.

Then, carry out the identical procedures outlined in the preceding section, including booting into Safe Mode, running a malware scan, restoring and resetting the OS, and restoring files from a backup.

By doing this, you can guarantee that your OS is free of all viruses and stop further infections of your data.

It should be noted that Emsisoft’s decryptor occasionally fails to successfully decrypt files, in which case one of the following errors is displayed:

Unable to decode file with ID error Your User ID This error is displayed because your files cannot be decrypted using the decryption key stored in the decryptor’s database. So, think about switching to a new tool.

No key exists for the New Variant Online ID. Your ID is – Be aware that although this ID looks to be an online ID, it cannot be decrypted: Scammers have used an internet key to encrypt your files, as the error message states, making them impossible for anybody else to decipher.

Therefore, decrypting encrypted data would not be possible without paying a ransom.

As a result, the new variation has no key. inactive ID: Instance ID It looks that this ID is an offline ID. Future decryption technologies may be developed: This error notice claims that data were encrypted by scammers using an offline key, but that key is currently unavailable.

You could later be able to decrypt files if the decryption key is posted to the decryptor. In order to avoid delays, use a different decryptor.

Avoid Paying the BBBW Malware Scammers’ Ransom Demands

Now that you know more about BBBW malware, hopefully you know how to safely recover your files from backup without handing over money to con artists. Aside from that, you can use decryption programs to open the corrupted files if you don’t have a backup of your data.



UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm



UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.

According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.

The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.

The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.

In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.

Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.

The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.

The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.

The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.

UK Government Sets Online Bill To Criminalize Self Harm

Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.

Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.

The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”

Donelan stated in a statement:

“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.

“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.

“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”

Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.

Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.

Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.

The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.

On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.








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Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next



Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.

Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.

The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.

Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next

The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”

Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.

Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.

Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.

These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”

Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.

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Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts



Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts

Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.

Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.

When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).

Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.

Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.

It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.

Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.

Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.

Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.

There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.

Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.

Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.

The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.

Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.


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