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

What Is The Reason Why The Ransomware Threat Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon?

It's KnowBe4's general policy to not mix business with politics or religion. However, sometimes geopolitics—which focuses on political power in relation to geographic space—is the only ...
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Police Dept Loses 10 Months of Work to Ransomware. Gets Infected a Second Time!

Bleepingcomputer reported: "Ransomware has infected the servers of the Riverside Fire and Police department for the second time in a month. The first ransomware infection took place on ...
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[Breaking] New BitKangoroo Ransomware Deletes Your Files If You Do not Pay

Our friend Larry Abrams at Bleepingcomputer said: "I am trying something new where I will post in brief articles about new ransomware as they are released. Many of these ransomware ...
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Are Bad Guys Swapping TeamViewer For AnyDesk to install Blackheart Ransomware?

According to Trend Micro researchers a new ransomware strain called Blackheart drops its payload alongside the perfectly legitimate AnyDesk remote desktop tool, highly likely as a way to ...
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Massachusetts School District Pays $10K to Ransomware Attackers

"A school district located in Massachusetts paid attackers $10,000 after they infected its computer network with crypto-ransomware.  Officials at Leominster Public Schools decided to meet ...
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Ransomware up 350% says 2018 Global Threat Intelligence Report

NTT Security 2018 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR): Ransomware up 350% and spyware ranks first in volume of malware at 26% reflecting attackers' desire for long-term presence for ...
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Center for Orthopaedic Specialists notifies 85,000 patients of ransomware infection

Another indicator that a ransomware infection is seen as a HIPAA data breach and needs to be reported. The Center for Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) in California has three locations in ...
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Ransomware Attack Costs Dutch Builder 60,000 Euros

A ransomware infection has cost Dutch builder Almi Machinebouwers at least 60,000 euros. That is what director Frank Landhuis said in an interview with Sprout. Due to the infection, ...
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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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