An American Editor

March 18, 2016

Articles Worth Reading: Ransomware Strikes Again

The Ars Technica article, “Big-Name Sites Hit By Rash of Malicious Ads Spreading Crypto Ransomware,” is worth a few minutes of reading time. We have discussed ransomware previously (see, e.g., “Articles Worth Reading: More on Ransomware,” “Articles Worth Reading: Inside CryptoWall 2,” and “The Business of Editing: Playing It Safe“) and as I reported in an earlier essay, I was struck by ransomware, although I was able to fix the problem without paying a ransom.

This article addresses a problem I would not have expected — ransomware at big name websites. I encourage you to read the article and to develop a strategy for dealing with the growing problem of ransomware.

Big-Name Sites Hit By Rash of Malicious Ads Spreading Crypto Ransomware

We rely on our computers for our livelihood. Protecting ourselves is a worthwhile investment.

Richard Adin, An American Editor



  1. There was one affecting Macs recently, too. I wish these weasels could be removed from the planet.


    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — March 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  2. Hey, Mr. Adin,
    I am a recent subscriber to your blog after finding you through a LinkedIn community group for Editors and Publishing professionals (I can’t remember which group it was). I checked out your blog and found it very helpful and informative, so I subscribed. I am an aspiring editor myself. I graduated college with a BA in English 3 years ago and have not been able to figure out how to make a good break in my career; but one thing I did do recently was bought a desktop PC to replace my 8-year-old Mac laptop, which is now very limited because it can’t handle higher than the Lion OS, meaning it doesn’t support the latest version of Safari that is needed to do a lot basic things like online banking and running flash media on websites I need to use such as Upwork or other sites where I need to upload items for a portfolio. So going from Mac to PC (Windows 10), I am having to become reacclimated to Windows. When I read your blog post on the ransomware, which I had not even heard of before, I realized I needed to amp up my security. So I was wondering what kind of security you would recommend investing in to protect my desktop PC. I also have a Galaxy tablet that I use frequently and that is very valuable to me, and was wondering what recommendations you have for protecting it as well. And I was also hoping for some basic advice about getting started as an editor, because Upwork and Fiverr simply have not been working out for me! Any advice you could give me would be truly appreciated. I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks!!


    Comment by adamjsmith89 — March 26, 2016 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • Adam, I suggest you enter the term “ransomware” (without the quotation marks) in the Search an American Editor box on the AAE blog. This will bring up not only additional articles on ransomware but information on how I protect my computers.

      Another thing I highly recommend, although there are many editors who would disagree with me, is buying (actually subscribing) an antivirus/antimalware program rather than using free versions. I personally use Bitdefender Internet Security (, which as of this writing is available for 1 year for $51.97 for up to 3 PCs. Bitdefender includes some ransomware protection, but you cannot rely on any of these types of programs as total protection, which is why I use Sandboxie and removable hard drives and cloning — all of which are discussed in the essays you will find when doing your AAE search. (Disclosure: I have no connection to or financial interest in Bitdefender; I am just a very satisfied user and have been for at least 10 years.)

      I’m not sure what constitutes basic advice on becoming an editor. The best suggestion I have is that you should read older essays by myself and other contributors to AAE. Then, if you have a specific question, ask it.


      Comment by americaneditor — March 27, 2016 @ 5:19 am | Reply

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