Win 11 system requirements and compatibility talk

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Re: Will security requirements help with ransomware protection?
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abelits wrote:

Ransomware very, very rarely comes packaged under the guise of legitimate software, leave alone identifiable one. While it did happen recently, it may be years or decades before it will happen again at any scale that can be detected by amateurs of a forum, and even then professionals are going to be faster than that. Ransomware usually uses various vulnerabilities in client software (browsers, email readers, viewers of all kinds and libraries they use), and the user can not identify, which action or file resulted in its activation. Even when distributed using social engineering or as a part of software that is less than legitimate (say, license key generator for commercially distributed software), it's usually not specifically identifiable.

It's not ransomware, but the NSO spyware "Pegasus" enters cellphones, both iPhone and Android, via WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) software, and other messaging apps.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/18/revealed-leak-uncovers-global-abuse-of-cyber-surveillance-weapon-nso-group-pegasus

The mechanism for entering through WhatsApp has not been characterized in any article I've seen. Pegasus can be detected on your cellphone by installing a toolkit, as covered by the Times of India. They recommend destroying your phone if infected.

India Times - how to detect pegasus spyware

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