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Ransomware Attacks Cost Organizations an Average of $55K in Q4 2018

The latest report from Ransomware response vendor Coveware shows a shift towards larger organizations, bigger ransoms, and a focus on disabling recovery.
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Experts Warn to Expect More Targeted and Effective Ransomware and Phishing Attacks in 2019

While attack types do not appear to be changing in the coming year, experts see cybercriminals getting better at their craft, making it easier to separate you from your money and ...
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[Heads-up!] New 'Anatova' Ransomware Disguised As A Game. Warn Your Users

The ransomware strain was discovered in a private peer-to-peer (p2p) network and targets consumers by using the icon of a game or application to trick the user into downloading it.
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"Ransomware Humor" Two Words You Thought You Would Never See Together

Someone's got a warped sense of humor. See the spoofed ransomware email below:
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Proposed N.C. Bill Would Require Ransomware Disclosures

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein released a report on Thursday that highlights the impact of data breaches on the state in 2018, and paired the report with a bipartisan bill to ...
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Ransomware Attack Makes Government Offices in Del Rio, Texas Resort to Pen and Paper

This latest ransomware attack demonstrates how an entire network can be taken down, bringing operations to a screeching halt.
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Modern Ransomware Goes After Data Backups

Ransomware is using a variety of methods to reduce or nullify the effectiveness of data backups, writes Maria Korolov at CSO. Restoring from a backup is one of the best strategies that ...
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Lowlife Scammers exploit Sick Children in Latest Ransomware Attack

The outrageous attack combination of ransomware, claims to donate to charity, and even details of children’s names, diagnoses, and pictures proves there is no low cybercriminals won’t go ...
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The Dark Overlord Ransoms 9/11 Files Showing How Law Firms Can be at Risk of Data Breach

The actions by the cybercriminal organization The Dark Overlord demonstrate how law firms need to take data security and cyber readiness seriously.
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[Heads-up] Double Trouble: Ransomware And File Thief Combined In Nasty Hybrid Malware

A new malware attack has been detected in the wild. This nasty combines two known pieces of malware: the Vidar data harvesting malware followed by GandCrab ransomware.
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[Heads-up] North Korean Ransomware Attack Disrupts Major U.S. News Media

It was all over the news. A server outage at a major newspaper publishing company on Saturday that prevented the distribution of many leading U.S. newspapers, including the Wall Street ...
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Ransomware Recovery Expert Scams Victims and Turns Out to be Nothing More than a Bitcoin Middleman

Organizations falling victim to ransomware look for any way to ensure they get their files back. One Belasurian businessman promises decryption but is merely conning victims out of more ...
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Ransomware is a Growing Threat to Every Industry

Ransomware is a global problem that is only getting worse, as evinced by Datto’s 2018 Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report. The report surveyed more than 2,400 IT professionals, ...
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Ransomware Remains the Largest Source of Cyber Claims and Downtime

Details shared from Canadian insurer CFC Underwriting highlight the realities of ransomware attacks, and just how negatively impactful the aftermath is on business.
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[Scam Of The Week] New Sextortion Attacks Take A Dark Turn And Infect People With GandCrab Ransomware

Our friends at Proofpoint reported that last week employees in the United States have been bombarded by a spam attack that pushed a double-whammy of a sextortion attempt combined with a ...
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MSPs: Ransomware Downtime Costs SMBs 10x the Ransom

With 79% of MSPs indicating their clients have experienced ransomware attacks, every organization need to take the financial impact of ransomware seriously.
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"Quebec is an embarrassment": Province urged to do more on cybersecurity

MONTREAL — On Sept. 10, municipal employees in a region between Montreal and Quebec City arrived at work to discover a threatening message on their computers notifying them they were ...
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New Study: Ransomware Attacks Surge 500% on Apple Operating Systems

This staggering growth in attacks on the MacOS signals that Macs are no longer safe.
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New Hybrid Ransomware Strain Evades Detection by All but One Antivirus Engine

IBM at their SecurityIntelligence blog reported something troubling.
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New Ransomware Gang Pays Affiliates Up To 70% Of The Loot

A growing Ransomware-as-a-Service model uses affiliate attackers with proven track records to spread the malware, offering a percentage of the ransom.
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