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

Vaccine Research Companies are the Target of New Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) warns financial organizations to be aware of campaigns actively targeting vaccine companies.
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Healthcare Sees Double the Increase in the Amount of Ransomware Attacks Since November

With an average of 626 ransomware attacks weekly on healthcare organizations, it’s evident that the bad guys are stepping up their tactics and focus where they believe the money to be.
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How Crime Pays, Ransomware Edition

The Ryuk ransomware operators have raked in more than $150 million from their attacks, researchers at Advanced Intelligence and HYAS have found. The researchers describe how these ...
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It Looks Like Chinese Cybercriminal Group APT27 May Be Shifting to Ransomware Attacks

The perceived change in cyberattack tactics for this well-known group of hackers may mean more trouble as APT27’s talents usually reserved for espionage are focused on ransomware.
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Signs of Inbound Ransomware

Organizations need to monitor for common signs of imminent ransomware attacks, according to Peter Mackenzie from Sophos. In an article for the Saudi Gazette, Mackenzie outlines five ...
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Phobos Ransomware Is Alive and Well, Targeting SMBs and Asking for Ransoms of $19K

In celebrating its two-year birthday this month, experts take a look at the Phobos ransomware in detail and offer up suggestions on how to avoid infection.
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2020 Top Phishing and Vishing Attacks And Trends

It’s an extra challenging year, harder than most, to choose the most impactful cybersecurity events. The year ended with a bang – the Solarwinds supply chain attack – which possibly ...
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MountLocker Ransomware Provides a Glimpse into What’s Next in Ransomware-as-a-Service

This family of ransomware is growing in popularity with affiliates, providing them with two attack variants and appears to be establishing a new “as-a-service” business model.
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The Cost of Ransoms Demanded and Paid Double in 2020!

According to new data from UK cyber insurer Beazley shows ransomware claims have increased materially and calls for organizations to employ a layered cyber defense.
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Data Breaches Are Expected to Decline While Ransomware and BEC Gain Steam

A new report from the Identity Theft Research Center discusses which cybersecurity attacks will be most impactful next year as part of the ITRC’s 2021 predictions.
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Who’s on the Phone? It’s the Ransomware Guys “Encouraging” You to Pay the Ransom!

Since August of this year, some ransomware attacks are being followed up by phone calls to increase pressure, promote the attack internally, and increase the chances of getting paid.
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Ransomware Gangs Are Now Cold-Calling Victims If They Restore From Backups Without Paying

Catalin Cimpanu at ZDNet reported on another evil escalation in ransomware extortion tactics.  In attempts to put pressure on victims, some ransomware gangs are now cold-calling victims ...
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Maze Ransomware Group Retires (Retires!), Leaving a Gap in the Ransomware Marketplace

The news last month of the “retirement” of Maze should be a warning to organizations wondering what ransomware will come next and how much worse will it be.
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Average Ransomware Payment Significantly Increases Risk

The average ransomware payout has increased by 178% over the past year, according to researchers at Atlas VPN. In Q4 2019, the payments averaged $84,000. By Q3 2020, the average payment ...
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Egregor Ransomware Finds a New Way to Inform You That You’re a Victim of Cyberattack: Printers

Unlike the traditional methods of notifying victim organizations by simply taking over a computer or providing a “readme” text file, this new method has some devilish benefits.
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Credential-Stealing VPN Exploits

A hacker has published an exploit for a critical vulnerability in Fortinet VPN devices, along with a list of 49,577 vulnerable devices, BleepingComputer reports. Fortinet released a patch ...
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2021 Prediction: Expect Ransomware Attacks Will Increase in Frequency and Variety

A new forward-looking report from security vendor FireEye Mandiant predicts the greatest single cyber threat today is only going to become a greater menace next year.
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Ransomware Downtime Costs for SMBs Are 50 Times More than the Ransom Itself!

No one has less cash on hand to spend on dealing with a cyberattack than the small business. New data shows ransomware is a challenge for SMBs and they aren’t prepared for the costs.
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[HEADS UP] Ransomware Gangs Partner to Extort Victims

According to Bleeping Computer, several ransomware crews are teaming up to split profits obtained in malicious attacks targeting public and private companies.
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Ransomware Attacks Officially Hit a New Low and Go Where No Cyberattack Has Gone Before: Death

The past few months have seen ransomware quickly evolve to a place of ingenious sophistication, rampant greed, indifferent destruction, and the sad loss of life.
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