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Keeping you updated on the latest ransomware attack vectors, strains, decryptors, families and trends to help you avoid becoming infected.

Your Ransomware Task Force: Response, Recovery, and Remediation Tips from the Pros

When you realize your organization has been hit with a ransomware attack there are a few things that need to happen. One… take a deep breath. Two… contain the damage. And three… initiate ...
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It Starts with a Phish: Employee PII at Risk When Pipeline Development Outsourcer Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack

The latest example of a modern-day ransomware attack demonstrates how data encryption and ransom can no longer be the assumed extent of an attack.
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Some Phishers Who Know Their Trade

Researchers at Votiro have come across well-crafted phishing emails that purport to come from UPS, FedEx, and DHL. All of the emails contain malicious Excel attachments that will install ...
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1,000+ SEC Filings Show Ransomware an On-Going Risk for Public Companies

As public companies seek to improve their cybersecurity posture, they also work to comply with SEC formal guidance to disclose cybersecurity risk, highlighting ransomware as a key factor.
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[Heads Up] Microsoft: Ransomware Gangs That Don't Threaten To Leak Your Data Steal It Anyway

That means you can from now on count a ransomware infection as a data breach with all the consequences that this brings. Moreover, the so-called "human-operated" ransomware gangs have ...
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New COVID-19 Malware Variants Render Your Endpoints Useless

Forget cybercriminals out to steal your money and credentials. Security researchers are now finding more malware intent on rewriting master boot records and wiping file systems.
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Phishing Trend: Quality, Not Quantity?

A new report from CyberCube found that sophisticated cybercriminals are increasingly shifting to launching business email compromise (BEC) attacks against executives, Insurance Business ...
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Spanish Hospital Faces Netwalker Ransomware Attack in the Midst of Pandemic

At a time when hospitals are already stretched thin for budget, one of many attackers still thinks it’s a good idea to hold hospitals for ransom, showing organizations always need to be ...
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Three More Ransomware Families Join the Extortion Game

As ransomware creators look for ways to ensure they get paid for their malicious efforts, many are taking a page from the Maze ransomware manual and are posting stolen data if not paid.
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Organizations Say They Want Employees to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks, But Do Little in the Way of Training

Organizations are keenly aware of the ramifications of ransomware attacks and the need to prevent them but aren’t empowering users to prevent becoming the victim.
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[UPDATE] Check Out the NEW Version of Ransomware Simulator

As ransomware techniques continue to evolve, the volume of attacks has surged in the last year with no signs of letting up. In fact, ransomware costs have doubled! The bad guys are ...
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A new ransomware strain called 'Save the Queen’, distributes itself from your own Domain Controllers

Sophisticated cybercriminals have continuously improved the effectiveness of ransomware attacks,  according to Yaki Faitelson, co-founder and CEO of Varonis. In an article for Forbes, ...
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Ransomware Incidents Increase 131 Percent with the SMB Being the Primary Target

The recent release of new data from U.K. cyberinsurer Beazley’s brings to light what kinds of attacks their customers are experiencing and who’s at risk.
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Organizations Need To Be Wary Of Home Worker Phishing Risks

Security experts warn that phishing attacks against home workers will rise.
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Healthcare Providers Suffer 350 Percent Increase in Ransomware Attacks

The lack of proper security technologies in place is largely to blame for the massive increase in ransomware attacks in Q4 of 2019 as compared to the same time the previous year.
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Malicious IQY Files Found in Spam Campaign

Researchers at Lastline have come across a phishing campaign that’s using Internet Query (IQY) files to bypass security filters and deliver a new version of the Paradise ransomware. The ...
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FBI: Ransomware Attacks Have Cost Victims over $140 Million With Ryuk Leading the Way

New details presented at RSA 2020 outline which ransomware variants are the highest paid over the last 6 years and what was their share of the millions paid in ransom.
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[Heads Up] Your Exfiltrated Ransomware Data Is Now Used To Spearphish Your Business Partners

Ransomware operators are continually improving their tactics to ensure more lucrative payouts, according to Information Security Media Group (ISMG). Over the past several years, attackers ...
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Ransomware Attack on Police Department Encrypts Evidence, Sets Criminals Free

Holding data for ransom often has business repercussions beyond just delays and inconvenience. In the case of a police investigation, it’s putting criminals back on the street.
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Cyberattacks on MSPs Grow Exponentially as the Focus Shifts to Hold Their Customer’s Data for Ransom

Recent insight from data protection vendor Datto puts MSPs on notices to secure their own environments to protect both their business and that of their customers.
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