Could the installation of a Cyrillic keyboard reduce the risk of ransomware?

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New member
Oct 1, 2020
I saw a tweet by Brian Krebs recently suggesting the simple installation of a Cyrillic keyboard may prevent certain strains of ransomware installing.

It makes sense that the developers may put in such checks but how true is this, is there any evidence? Something to possibly research and discuss on Security Now.
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Active member
Oct 1, 2020
Would be kind of a chocolate teapot thing, in that only certain types of malware look for Cyrillic language as default setting and exit without doing anything, while others simply ignore it, as they were meant for use against the assorted 'stans as a cyber weapon.

Better to spend your time and effort to improve physical security, restrict access to install and modify the system core, limit what services are running and exposed, and more importantly make sure to apply updates almost immediately, after making a backup to external media, and removing it before the update installs. That way you at least get a snapshot of the system to fall back on, and this will do more for improving security.


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Sep 16, 2020
Ontario, Canada
Don't forget your [North] Korean and Chinese keyboards too ;) (I mean there isn't actually a "communist" keyboard to cover them all, is there? ;) )