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Manufacturing giant Aebi Schmidt hit by ransomware

Aebi Schmidt, a European manufacturing giant with operations in the U.S., has been hit by a ransomware attack, TechCrunch has learned.
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PayPal receives patent for ransomware detection technology

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted this week a patent to online payments company PayPal for a technique for detecting and stopping ransomware attacks.
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Why Ransomware Continues to Be an Immensely Profitable Business for Bad Actors

Ransomware, arguably the most efficient malware used by cybercrooks in recent years, continues to wreak havoc on a global scale, affecting everyone and everything, from regular Internet ...
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The Cost of Paying in a Ransomware Attack Nearly Doubles While Downtime Also Increases

The latest data from Coveware shows increases across the board in ransoms, downtime, and average cost of an attack, mostly due to the increased use of the Ryuk ransomware variant.
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County Line Ransomware Fever

A ransomware attack against Genesee County, Michigan, was more extensive than county officials originally thought, SC Magazine says. The county’s systems were hit by the malware on ...
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Ransomware Attack Hits Stratford City Hall

Stratford city hall was the target of an apparent cyber-attack, but officials do not believe personal information was compromised.
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Insurers Discuss What to Expect from a Ransomware Attack, and How to Defend Yourself Against One

Ransomware tops the list of attacks for insurers of the food and beverage industry. Outdated software and lax user concern for security controls provide attacker with a way in.
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Staff and Students Put School Districts at the Greatest Risk of Cyber Attack

Inadvertent sharing, phishing attacks, and ransomware top the list of attack vectors, with teachers, students, and vendors all contributing to the risk of breach.
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Extortionists Threaten Victims with WannaCry Ransomware

An email extortion scam is threatening victims with DDoS attacks and WannaCry ransomware, according to researchers at Avast. The scammers claim to have hacked the victim’s network and ...
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Organizations Face a 63% Likelihood of Being the Victim of Successful Cyberattack in Next 12 Months

The latest data from 1,200 IT organizations shows organizations seeing attacks as inevitable and, for some industries, successful compromise as even more a given.
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Ransomware Attacks Take Down County Government Offices Time and Time Again

It seems like government offices aren’t learning their lesson, with ransomware attacks continuing to impact operations and cost time and money to recover.
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vxCrypter Is the First Ransomware to Delete Duplicate Files

  Our friend Larry Abrams at bleepingcomputer wrote: "The vxCrypter Ransomware could be the first ransomware infection that not only encrypts a victim's data, but also tidies up their ...
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NotPetya act of war exclusion spreads to second insurer

A second insurer has refused to pay out over the NotPetya cyberattack based on an act of war exclusion, prompting growing concerns for businesses relying on cybersecurity insurance to ...
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Norsk Hydro May Have Lost $40M in First Week After Ransomware Infection

Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro estimates that it may have lost more than $40 million in the first week following the ransomware attack that disrupted its operations.
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How LockerGoga, The Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms Operates

Technically, LockerGoga is just another ransomware strain and not even a very good one. It's got bugs and it's slow. However, the gang behind it represents a dangerous combination of ...
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Ransomware Forces Two Chemical Companies to Order ‘Hundreds of New Computers’

Motherboard reported: "It appears that LockerGoga, the same ransomware that hit aluminum manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro this week, also infected American chemicals companies Hexion and ...
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UK’s Police Federation Hit By Ransomware

The U.K.’s Police Federation has confirmed it has been hit by a cyberattack. The union-like organization, representing 119,000 police officers across the 43 forces in England and Wales, ...
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Big Norwegian Aluminum Producer Norsk Hydro Suffers Major Ransomware Attack

Norsk Hydro ASA, one of the world’s biggest aluminum producers, suffered production outages after a ransomware attack affected operations across Europe and the U.S.
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GCSE coursework lost in ransomware attack on UK Bridport school

Hackers have used ransomware to encrypt files at a school, causing it to lose some students' GCSE coursework.
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Ransoms are Becoming More Expensive While Ransomware Attacks Become More Damaging

Ransomware isn’t going anywhere, and cybercriminals are stepping up their game increasing payments while also targeting backups more often to improve their chances of payment.
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