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Ransomware Attacks Costs Nearly Triple in 2019 to over $36K Per Attack

The latest data from ransomware recovery vendor, Coveware, outlines the current state of the cost, duration, and recovery rate of ransomware attacks today.
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Is ‘REvil’ the New GandCrab Ransomware?

Brian Krebs wrote: "The cybercriminals behind the GandCrab ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) offering recently announced they were closing up shop and retiring after having allegedly earned ...
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[Heads-up] New eCh0raix Ransomware Strain Targets NAS Devices

ITPro Today reported: "The eCh0raix ransomware uses a brute-force credential attack to gain access to data stored in QNAP NAS devices.
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Pay or Not Pay the Ransom? What’s Your Opinion?

The debate over whether to pay or not to pay the ransom once your system is encrypted is heating up. Yesterday, the US Conference of Mayors approved a resolution coming down in favor of ...
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Effects of Ransomware Don’t End With the Ransom

A Florida city is still struggling to recover from a ransomware attack two weeks after the city paid the ransom, according to the New York Times. The attack began after a city employee ...
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Brand-New Ransomware Simulator Tool Now with Two New Ransomware Scenarios

The bad guys are continuing to evolve their approach to evading detection. That’s why we’ve updated our Ransomware Simulation tool “RanSim” to include two new ransomware scenarios!  These ...
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Globally, One-Third of Organizations Experience Ransomware Attacks Weekly

The latest data from Australian telecommunications provider Telstra shows ransomware is running rampant, with security breaches not far behind in frequency.
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Which Of The Four Types of Social Engineering Is The Most Damaging?

Cybercriminals know that targeted social engineering attacks lead to the highest payoffs, so the frequency and sophistication of these attacks is guaranteed to increase, writes Jasmine ...
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UK Forensic Crime Labs Shut Down Due To Ransomware Attack

Every police force across England and Wales has been forced to prioritize evidence for forensic testing following a criminal cyber attack affecting one of the primary forensic service ...
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Maryland governor signs order to boost cybersecurity after Baltimore ransomware attack

The Hill reported: "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the state’s cybersecurity capabilities, a month after a debilitating ...
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Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

It was all over the press, and even made it in the New York Times: "The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an extraordinary vote to pay nearly ...
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Ransomware Halts Production For Days At Major Airplane Parts Manufacturer

As a result of having IT systems crippled by the ransomware infection, the company has sent home approximately 1,000 of its 1,400 workers on paid leave.
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[Heads-Up] How Hackers Use Ransomware To Hide Data Breaches And Other Devastating Attacks

Different sources claim that ransomware attacks are either going up or going down. The very real threat remains though and it is clear that the bad guys are moving from consumers as their ...
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Ransomware in 2019 is Looking to be as Bad as 2018 for State and Local Governments… if not Worse

Governments have proven to be soft targets for cyberattacks leveraging ransomware in 2018. And, from the recent attacks in 2019, it looks like things are just getting started.
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Beazley Insurance Breach Insights: "Ransomware Attacks Skyrocket"

Ransomware attacks skyrocketed in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services team, which reports a 105% increase in the number of ransomware attack ...
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[Heads-up] Scary Phishing Attack Uses Legal Threats From Law Firm

Brian Krebs just posted the following alert: "Some of the most convincing email phishing and malware attacks come disguised as nastygrams from a law firm. Such scams typically notify the ...
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Half of SMBs Will Pay the Ransom in a Ransomware Attack

Despite the ability to properly protect against ransomware attacks, the latest data from AppRiver shows SMBs simply aren’t prepared to respond, and will, instead, pay up.
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Great Budget Ammo: 60 minutes Warns Against Ransomware

We could not have said it better ourselves, but now 60 minutes has done the work for us. This is probably the best ammo you can send to your non-tech executives to explain the ransomware ...
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IT and Executives are (Mostly) in Alignment and Both Fear the Phish

According to the latest from AT&T Cybersecurity, enterprise IT and boardrooms largely see eye-to-eye… and those eyes are watching some very common, yet pervasive, threats.
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[Heads-up] Scary New MegaCortex Ransomware Strain Discovered That Targets Your Business Network

Sophos has discovered a scary new strain of very sophisticated ransomware called MegaCortex. It was purpose-built to target corporate networks, and once penetrated, the attackers infect ...
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