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

Annabelle: The Terrifying New Ransomware Variant

A new ransomware variant called Annabelle has been discovered, which seems to have been designed to ‘show off the skills’ of the developer who created it, by being as difficult to deal ...
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2,000 Systems Down Due To SamSam Ransomware Infection At Colorado Department of Transportation

February 22, the attack hit CDOT’s computers, encrypted files and demanded to pay the ransom in Bitcoins. Security officials shut down more than 2,000 employee computers while they ...
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Cisco: "Cybercrime Swaps Ransomware For Cryptomining, Generating Millions"

Cisco's Talos Threat Intelligence team has a good observation. Cybercriminals can just steal CPU/GPU cycles and directly generate any cryptocurrency without infecting the system with ...
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Forget Viruses or Ransomware—Is Your Biggest Cyberthreat Greedy Cryptocurrency Miners?

This week, cybersecurity firm Check Point published its regular Global Threat Index. Malware that hijacks workstations to mine cryptocoins has apparently become the most popular infection ...
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Why Cybercrime Ditches Bitcoin Ransomware Payments And Where They Are Going Next

The popularity of bitcoin is creating problems for ransomware criminals wanting to get paid in the skyrocketing cryptocurrency. "We'll see a progressive shift in 2018 towards criminal use ...
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Healthcare Ransomware Attacks – Don’t Be Part of the Statistics

Rebecca Wynn at securitycurrent.com wrote a great article on how not to become a ransomware statistic in health care: "In 2017, six of the top ten HIPAA breaches reported to the U.S. ...
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Hospital Pays $55K Ransomware Demand DESPITE Having Backups

  An Indiana hospital paid a ransom of $55,000 to get rid of ransomware that had infected its systems and was hindering operations last week. The infection took root last week, on ...
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[Heads-up] Unusual Ransomware Strain Encrypts Cloud Email Real-time VIDEO

OK, here is something unusual and really scary. KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick called me with some chilling news. A white hat hacker friend of his developed a working ...
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63% of organizations experienced an attempted ransomware attack in 2017

Interesting research by Enterprise Strategy Group: 63% of organizations experienced an attempted ransomware attack in 2017, with 22% reporting these incidents occurred on a weekly ...
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File-less Malware Attacks Hit Milestone in 2017 And Ransomware Grows to $5 Billion Industry

New data shows that file-less malware attacks are now the majority of all attacks this year, and ransomware grows to a whopping 5 billion industry.   Fileless malware attacks using ...
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Roll back time when users click on a bad link with our new free tool, Second Chance!

Wouldn't it be great if your users had a way to "roll back time" when they forgot to think before they click on a bad link? Now they can! 
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This ransomware asks victims to name their own price to get their files back

Attackers behind this form of file-encrypting malware - which has similarities with Locky - think that if the victim can set their own price, they're more likely to pay. A form of ...
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48 Servers Of North Carolina County Held Hostage by LockCrypt Ransomware

A hacker’s 1 p.m. deadline to pay $23,000 passed Wednesday, and Mecklenburg County has not decided whether to pay the ransom for a cyber-attack that “paralyzed” the county. County manager ...
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UK Shipping firm Clarksons falls victim to hybrid ransomware / data theft extortion

Shipping company Clarksons has fallen victim to a major ransomware attack that could result in the exposure of private data, the company warned today.  The statement continued: "Our ...
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Massive Phishing Attack On Businesses with Evil New Ransomware Strain

The Scarab ransomware strain is updated again and spreads via Necurs botnet in a massive 12.5 million campaign, mostly targeting .com domains. Scarab was spotted June 2017 for the first ...
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Cliffhanger: Hospital Shut Down By Ransomware Attack

Ransomware goes prime time: TV Show Grey's Anatomy characters Bailey and Arizona are unable to access medical records on the computer and an I.T. specialist named Tim notes that cardiac ...
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The future of cyberwar: ​Weaponised ransomware, IoT attacks and a new arms race

Steve Ranger at TechRepublic did a good job summarizing the direction of future threats we are going to have to deal with. "After at least a dozen years in the shadows, cyberwarfare is ...
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Ransomware recovery methods: What does the NIST suggest?

Knowing what ransomware recovery methods are available is important as the threat continues to grow. Expert Judith Myerson at TechTarget outlines what the NIST recommends for enterprises. ...
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Ordinypt Ransomware Intentionally Destroys Files, Currently Targeting Germany

A new ransomware strain called Ordinypt is currently targeting victims in Germany, but instead of encrypting users' documents, the ransomware rewrites files with random data. Discovered ...
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Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack Was Hiding A Spear Phishing Campaign

During the attacks in eastern Europe with the Bad Rabbit ransomware, a more insidious attack was taking place in Ukraine under its cover, Reuters reported. Serhiy Demedyuk, head of the ...
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