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

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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Ransomware Predicted to Cost $20 Billion in Damages Globally by 2021

As the state of ransomware attacks shift from simple data encryption scams to attacks intent on bringing an organization’s network to its’ knees, the cost of remediation is expected to ...
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Yet Another Utility Company Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack

The latest ransomware attack on yet another utility company echos the warnings from last year’s report on utilities’ readiness for a cyberattack.
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Stealthy “Netwalker” Ransomware Using Windows Explorer And "Art of Deception" To Infect Enterprise Networks

Researchers at Quick Heal Security Labs have discovered a new strain of the “Mailto” ransomware nicknamed “Netwalker" that uses the art of deception to evade detection.  The new strain ...
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UK Telegraph: "Huge ransomware attack laid bare French lingerie firm"... And Bankrupted It

Leave it to the wordsmiths of the British Press to come up with a catchy title like this... However, the topic is dead serious.
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Ransomware Attack On Wool Industry Halted Sales Across Australia Last Week

It is yet to be seen how a cyber attack which shut down wool sales last week will affect growers in Tasmania. Last Tuesday Talman Software, which is used by the majority of wool industry ...
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[Heads-up] Ransomware Criminals Hack An Accounting Company And Cause A Data Breach For Their Customers

Last December, a ransomware infection of Albany, New York-based accounting firm BST & Co. CPAs LLC exposed the confidential data of their customers, causing a data breach for one of their ...
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Ransomware Attack Leaves 43,000 Employees Without Email

The recent attack on facilities management company ISS has created a significant disruption in their operations, communication, and services worldwide.
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A U.S. Natural Gas Operator Shuts Down For 2 Days After A Phishing Attack Infects It With Ransomware

Dan Goodin at Ars Technica reported something worrisome: "A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented ...
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Texas Ranks Second in Number of Ransomware Attacks on Health Care Organizations

According to new data from Comparitech, since 2016 Texas has experienced 14 ransomware attacks impacting a total of 483,000 patients, and costing as much as nearly $20 Million in damages.
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