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

Funds Transfer Fraud Has Increased 35% Since the Onset of COVID-19

With reported losses from thousands of dollars to well over $1 million, funds transfer fraud represents 27% of cyber insurance claims in 2020.
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Ransomware Dominates 41% of all Cyber Insurance Claims in H1 2020

Just-released data from cyber insurer Coalition shows massive increases in both the frequency of ransomware attacks and the ransom demand with Maze and Ryuk leading the way.
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The New Version of Qbot Trojan Steals Damn Near Everything, Hijacks Email Threads to Spread Infection

Originally seen all the way back in 2008, this banking trojan is continuously being developed. Its latest iteration is downright nasty and has already infected 5% of all organizations ...
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Organizations Aren’t Prepared to Recover from Cyberattacks on Active Directory

Cybercriminals are increasingly leveraging Active Directory to spread malware and even hold the organization for ransom. New data suggests you’re nowhere near ready for it.
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Threat Group DeathStalker Uses PowerShell-based Implant Powersing to Hack into Financial Services Firms

Apparently focused on more intelligence gathering than taking direct malicious action against the organizations they compromise, this attack is filled with ingenuity.
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Australian Financial Services Company is Sued for Repeatedly Being Hacked… and Doing Zero About It

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is suing RI Advice Group for being hacked multiple times over a year’s time that includes 155 hours of undetected hacker ...
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Tesla and the FBI just prevented a $1 million ransomware hack at the Nevada Gigafactory

Fred Lambert at Electrek just reported on a story we published Aug 26th, and he reveals who was targeted: "Tesla and the FBI worked together to prevent a group of ransomware hackers from ...
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Russian Charged With Trying to Recruit Employee to Plant Ransomware in US Company

Michael Kan at PC Mag reported: "According to the FBI, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov promised to pay as much as $1 million to the employee to help his shadowy group steal data from a ...
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[Heads Up] DarkSide: Sophisticated New Customized Ransomware Strain Demands Millions Of Dollars

Breaking News: A new ransomware operation named DarkSide began attacking organizations earlier this month with customized attacks that have already earned them million-dollar payouts. But ...
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Ukrainian Gang Responsible for Laundering More Than $42 Million Arrested as Part of Operation “Bulletproof Exchanger”

A group of cybercriminals responsible for helping ransomware gangs convert their cryptocurrency into cash were arrested in June, according to new details released this week.
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[HEADS UP] Carnival Corp. is the Next Victim of a Ransomware Attack

Carnival Corporation said it detected a ransomware attack that accessed and encrypted a portion of one brand’s information technology systems over this past weekend, according to Cruise ...
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[On-Demand] The Best Ways to Stop Malware and Ransomware That No One Else Will Tell You

With malware attacks on the rise, making sure you keep your organization safe from a costly breach is a top priority. The two best things you can do to stop malware and ransomware attacks ...
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Pressure, Peer and Otherwise: Ransomware and Data Theft Go Hand-In-Hand

Data theft is now a well-established element of ransomware attacks, according to John Shier, a Senior Security Expert at Sophos. In a blog post (summarized by iTwire), Shier noted that in ...
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Paying the Ransom After a Ransomware Attack May Become More Complicated, Thanks to the U.S. Treasury

With many organizations considering to pay the ransom should they experience an attack, new guidance from the U.S. Treasury may put a damper on an organization’s ability to pay.
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Cyberattacks Involving Both Data Exfiltration and Ransomware to Ensure Ransom Payment Increase 152%

Ransomware authors are realizing the benefit of either stealing data or just implying they have and threatening to publish the data publicly in order to increase their chances of being ...
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Ransomware Payments Increase by a Massive 60% as Email Phishing Rises in Frequency as Primary Attack Vector

The newest ransomware data paints a pretty bleak picture for organizations with “big game” attacks and six- and seven-figure ransom demands becoming the norm.
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Five Reasons Why Ransomware Attacks Should Be Your Biggest Worry and Aren’t Going Anywhere

No other cyberattack has evolved like ransomware. Today’s attacks are more pervasive, invasive, impactful, damaging, and costly. Learn why and what to do about it.
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[Interpol Alert] LockBit Ransomware Attacks Affect American SMB's

If you thought LockBit ransomware has gone away, think again. According to a recent report from Interpol, the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime has taken shape and LockBit operators are ...
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New CONTI Ransomware Family Touts Faster Encryption, Better Obfuscation, More Control

Just when you thought ransomware couldn’t sport something new, the latest family discovered by VMware’s Threat Analysis Unit shows significant advances in capabilities and execution.
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REvil Criminal Ransomware Syndicate Attacks Spanish State-Owned Railway Operator Again!

As world-wide concern continues to grow over the threat of potential attacks on critical infrastructure, REvil goes after and bites a Railway Operator once again!  The Daly Swig reports ...
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