Renee’ clicked on a CryptoLocker attachment. [sigh] I’ll be damned if I’m going to reward those defectors for their behavior. So, we went to a local computer shop and bought a new one for her. (That allows me to study the infected one at my leisure.) She lost quite a lot of work. But nothing time sensitive that she can’t regenerate over time.
Normally, I’m relatively accepting of black-hat behavior. Cracking into low-hanging fruit and demonstrating flaws in the systems of the sanctimonious, although still defector behavior, serve a useful co-evolutionary purpose.
But I can’t abide hostage taking. And to anyone tempted to pay the ransom: Please don’t reward them. The more money they make, the more depraved they’ll be.
For whatever reason, sometimes when I lock my screen it eventually blanks and sometimes it doesn’t. Since I prefer solid black backgrounds on pretty much everything anyway, I figured I’d change the lockscreen background and GDM login screen to my usual black-pixel background.
Here’s how I did it:
$ cd /usr/share/images/desktop-base
$ cp joy.xml black.xml
black.xml like so:
$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/images/desktop-background.xml desktop-background.xml /usr/share/images/desktop-base/black.xml 100
Then logout and login, check your lockscreen.