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SEC Fines Publicly Traded Company $2.125 Million For Negligence Before, During, and After a Ransomware Attack

According to the filing, the organization in question failed to devise controls to adequately detect, respond to, and disclose an attack that included data exfiltration and service ...
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Espionage-Intent Threat Groups Are Now Using Ransomware as a Diversion Tactic in Cyberattacks

A new report focused on cyber espionage actors targeting government and critical infrastructure sectors highlights the strategic use of ransomware for distraction or misattribution.
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IRS Warns of Phishing Attacks Targeting Car Dealerships

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an advisory warning of phishing campaigns targeting car dealerships. The IRS says car dealers should be on the lookout for targeted ...
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Phishing Continues to Be the Primary Entry to Ransomware Attacks

Phishing remains a top initial access vector for ransomware actors, according to researchers at Cisco Talos. The threat actors often use phishing to steal legitimate credentials so they ...
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Crack the Code on Ransomware: Empowering Your Last Line of Defense

Cybercriminals are maximizing the potential damage to your organization to boost their profits. A staggering 91% of reported ransomware attacks included a data exfiltration effort. Now is ...
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Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Is Costing Lives

Ransomware is more prolific and expensive than ever. Depending on the source you read, the average or median ransomware payment was at least several hundred thousand dollars to well over ...
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Ransomware Attack on U.K. Health Service Laboratory Disrupts Major London Hospital Services

What likely started as a quick ransomware “smash and grab” has turned into a headline case resulting in responses from both U.K. and U.S. law enforcement.
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FREE Resource Kit for Ransomware Awareness Month in July

We’re here to help you and your users stay secure from the scourge of ransomware for Ransomware Awareness Month this July with a kit full of free resources!
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“Operation Endgame” Ends with the Arrest of 4 Cybercriminal Suspects and 100 Servers

Coordinated efforts between law enforcement agencies across nine countries has resulted in a major disruption of a threat group’s malware and ransomware operations.
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91% of Every Ransomware Attack Today Includes Exfiltrating Your Data

New insight into ransomware attacks show that cyber attacks are a top concern for organizations – with many not aware they were a victim until after the attack.
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Cyber Insurance Claims Rise Due To Phishing and Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

New data covering cyber insurance claims through 2023 shows claims have increased while reaffirming what we already know: phishing and social engineering are the real problem.
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Black Basta Ransomware Uses Phishing Flood to Compromise Orgs

Rapid7 reports an interesting social engineering scheme that easily bypasses content filtering defenses and creatively uses a fake help desk to supposedly “help” users put down the attack.
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How Come Unknown Attack Vectors are Surging in Ransomware Infections?

Trend analysis of ransomware attacks in the first quarter of this year reveals a continual increase in the number of "unknown" initial attack vectors, and I think I understand why.
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New Research: Number of Successful Ransomware Attacks Rise 29% in a Just One Year

New analysis of Q1’s ransomware attacks uncovers a single group responsible for the majority and discusses what makes them so successful.
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[Beware] Ransomware Targets Execs' Kids to Coerce Payouts

Just when you think bad actors cannot sink any lower, they find a way to. In a recent chilling evolution of ransomware tactics, attackers are now also targeting the families of corporate ...
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Ransomware Detection Time Shortens by 44% as Organizations Attempt to Keep Up with Attackers

New data shows organizations are improving their ability to detect and respond to ransomware attacks, but is it fast enough to make a difference and stop attacks?
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[Must Read] How Boeing Battled a Whopping $200M Ransomware Demand

Boeing recently confirmed that in October 2023, it fell victim to an attack by the LockBit ransomware gang, which disrupted some of its parts and distribution operations. The attackers ...
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9 in 10 Organizations Paid At least One Ransom Last Year

New analysis of cyber attacks shows ransomware attacks are running far more rampant than previously thought, with half of organizations blaming poor cyber hygiene.
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Global Optics Provider Hit with Ransomware Attack and a $10M Ransom

Global optics manufacturer Hoya had business operations at its headquarters and several business divisions impacted and is now facing a “No Negotiation / No Discount Policy” $10 million ...
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Russian Threat Actor FIN7 Targeting the Automotive Industry with Spear Phishing Attacks

The cybercriminal threat actor FIN7 is launching spear phishing attacks against the automotive industry in the United States, according to researchers at BlackBerry.
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