Dec 19, 09:54 AM

E very human in Townsville stored data a lot…
But the hacker, who lived north of Townsville, did not!
The hacker hated passwords! The whole backup process!
Now, please don’t ask why. He just wants to gain access.
It could be his system wasn’t configured just right.
It could be he despised security measures (too tight).
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been his aversion to strong cyber walls.

Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
The cybercriminal got the most awful idea!
“I know just what to do!” The hacker laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick change in the code.
And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great cyber trick!”
“With this code and this hack, I’ll become this guy: Nick!”

Did that stop the hack? No! The criminal said,
“If I can’t find the password, I’ll make one instead!”
So he called on his dashboard with a virus to spread;
And he sent bad attachments in emails that misled.
He loaded some files to turn their screens black;
A new ransomware scheme, an old cyberattack.

All the humans in Townsville dreaming sweet dreams without care,
When he targeted the first system online there.
“This is laptop one,” the cybercriminal hissed,
He installed an application, no doubt on a blacklist.
Then he navigated the network. A rather tight knot.
But, if John Draper could do it, then so could his bot.

He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he tried the password: cockadoodledoo.
There! The folders and files all in a neat row.
“These files,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!”
Then he clicked and he typed with a smile most hateful,
Across operating systems, he stole all their data!


During the hectic holiday season, consumers are constantly opening themselves up to malicious software (malware) and attacks from prowling cybercriminals. This reimagining of the popular Christmas children’s book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, is a reminder to be vigilant while navigating the internet. Lastly, don’t forget to back up your valuable personal data on an external hard drive, removable disk, or cloud storage!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from CBL Data Recovery!

Inspired by How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Find Part I over here: Holiday Shopping Do’s & Don’ts

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