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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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Ransomware Attacks Jump 500% as Businesses Continue to Be the Prime Target

Malwarebyte’s latest Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report exposes some trends indicating that 2019 is looking to be the year of the cyberthreat for businesses.
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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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