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Poll: What Security Measures Are Most Effective In Fighting Ransomware?

The Spiceworks staff wrote: "Years after CryptoLocker raised its ugly head — setting off an unfortunate security trend — ransomware continues to be a rather painful thorn in the side of ...
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[NEW WHITEPAPER] 10 Best Practices for Protecting Against Phishing, Ransomware and Email Fraud

Organizations have been victimized by a wide range of threats and exploits, most notably phishing attacks that have penetrated corporate defenses, targeted email attacks launched from ...
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Ransomware, Phishing, and Pretexting in the Annual Verizon Databreach Report

Did you know, 43% of breaches result from social engineering attacks? What's more, according to a recent Verizon investigation, phishing emails account for 98% of all social engineering ...
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HHS Issues New Guidance On SamSam Ransomware

HHS' Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center released a report March 30 on SamSam, an ongoing ransomware campaign that has targeted the healthcare and government ...
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11 ways ransomware is evolving

Michael Nadeau is a senior editor with CSO Online. He has been a publisher and editor of magazines, books, and knowledgebases that help companies get the most from their ERP systems. This ...
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Report: Ransomware is the New Normal. 52% Have Lost Faith in Antivirus and 44% Agree AV is Dead

A new report on malware says that the majority of companies globally have been victims of ransomware in the last 12 months. 52% Have Lost Faith in Antivirus and 44% Agree AV is Dead A new ...
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Legacy Cybersecurity Defenses Won’t Keep Pace with New Ransomware and Cryptojacking Threats

Findings from the 2018 Webroot Threat Report Reveal the Increasing Sophistication of Phishing, Malware, and Cryptojacking.   Webroot, revealed results from their 2018 annual threat ...
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The AVCrypt Ransomware Tries To Uninstall Your AV Software

Larry Abrams at Bleepingcomputer reported this strain first:  "A new ransomware named AVCrypt has been discovered that tries to uninstall existing security software before it encrypts a ...
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City of Atlanta IT Systems Shut Down by SamSam Ransomware. Demand Is $51K To Decrypt

It was all over the major press yesterday. The Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia has confirmed that several local government systems are currently down due to a ransomware infection and said the ...
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MY TAKE: Why ‘cryptojacking’ is spreading faster than ransomware — and may be more insidious

Has there ever been anything more tailor made for hackers than crypto currency? Is anyone surprised that hackers are innovating ways to crack into digital wallets and currency exchanges? ...
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Zenis Ransomware Encrypts Your Data & Deletes Your Backups

Larry Abrams at Bleepingcomputer warned against a new strain called Zenis Ransomware, which was discovered this week by the MalwareHunterTeam  "While it is currently not quite clear yet ...
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It’s The Year 2018, And Even Ransomware Is Agile

The malware developers started by publishing the least well-built malware that could possibly work, and improved it as they went along. Given this, and given that this newest version was ...
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Half of Ransomware Victims Recovered Their Data After Paying the Ransom Demand

A massive survey of nearly 1,200 IT security practitioners and decision makers across 17 countries reveals that half the people who fell victim to ransomware infections last year were ...
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Another Ransomware Variant Strikes Colorado DOT Days after Initial Attack

Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) has suffered an infection from another variant of the same ransomware family that attacked it just days earlier. On 1 March, a variant of ...
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Organizations Are Failing To Learn From Phishing And Ransomware Attacks

Warwick Ashford, security editor at ComputerWeekly had an interesting observation after reading CyberArk's latest cyber threat report: "Organisations are failing to learn from cyber ...
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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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