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61% were compromised by ransomware in 2016. Here’s how to stay safe

Posted on March 13th, 2017.

According to the CyberEdge Group’s 2017 Cyberthreat Defense Report, a whopping 61% of organizations was compromised by a ransomware attack in 2016. Of those infected, over one-third of companies decided to pay extortionists to regain access to their data. Refusal was risky: even though 54% of those who refused to pay regained access to...

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Popcorn TIme Ransomware Pardons Victims, If They Infect 2 Other Victims

Posted on December 14th, 2016.

Ransomware has been around for a while, and it’s a pretty nasty thing as it encrypts users’ files and forces them to pay. Now, a group of hackers, allegedly from Syria, have create a new type that gives victims a choice: they either pay up, or they infect two new users to have access to their files again. This new type of ransomware,...

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San Francisco Metro System Blackmailed for 100 Bitcoins by Ransomware Extortionists

Posted on November 28th, 2016.

On the 26th of November, the San Francisco Examiner reported the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) was hacked. Infected computers at Muni stations were reportedly downed by HDDCryptor ransomware, whose masters attempted to extort the station for bitcoin. As a result, passengers got a free ride throughout the weekend...

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New Form of Ransomware Uses Social Media to Customize Demands

Posted on November 27th, 2016.

A new form of ransomware is reported to have been found that uses a person’s social media and computer files to customize a demand, according to cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint. Called ‘Ransoc’ by the researchers because of its connection to social media, they found that the malware was scanning local media filenames and running...

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Computer Virus Cancels Hundreds of Scheduled Surgeries in the UK

Posted on November 4th, 2016.

A computer virus has paralyzed three hospitals in the UK forcing them to cancel hundreds of scheduled surgeries, as it targeted computers of the National Health Service (NHS). Healthcare facilities located near Lincolnshire, in the east, were the most affected. Several medical institutions in the region share the same IT system, in order...

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Could Digital Currencies Become a Target in the Fight Against Ransomware?

Posted on September 23rd, 2016.

According to a former assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, tackling the rise in ransomware attacks could see action taken against hard-to-trace digital currencies such as bitcoin. In the last year, there has been an increase in the number of ransomware attacks. Earlier this year, a...

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India Ranks Fourth Globally in Ransomware Attacks

Posted on September 23rd, 2016.

India is facing a major issue as ransomware attacks continue to rise in the country as it ranks fourth in the country and the world.

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Report: Healthcare Services Pay Nearly $100,000 to Ransomware Attacker

Posted on September 21st, 2016.

A new report has found that hospitals are increasingly targeted by ransomware attackers because of the low-security measures put into place.

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Cryptocurrency for Ransomware May Fuel “Largest Crimewave in Modern History”

Posted on April 1st, 2016.

A new cybersecurity alert by a private phishing defense firm has released a warning to all organizations that ransomware attacks are expected to increase. A new alert issued by PhishMe, a phishing defense solutions provider has asserted that ransomware attacks are on the rise and are unlikely to go away anytime soon. To the contrary, a...

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US, Canada Issue Rare Joint Alert on Ransomware

Posted on April 1st, 2016.

In a rare instance that underlines the rising threat and menace caused by ransomware, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has collaborated with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) to release an alert on ransomware. The United States and Canada have released a joint cyber alert to warn citizens against...

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FBI Seeks Help from US Businesses to Fight Ransomware

Posted on March 29th, 2016.

In a confidential “Flash” advisory dated March 26 sent as an alert to businesses and software security experts by the FBI, the Bureau is seeking help from U.S. businesses in the fight against cyber extortion. The advisory screamed “We need your help!” as reported by Reuters who obtained the confidential alert put out by the FBI on March...

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Video: Ransomware Goes Beyond Windows to Target Apple Users

Posted on March 7th, 2016.

Researchers from security firm Palo Alto Networks have discovered the first-known case of functional ransomware targeting Apple users on the Mac OS X platform via a compromised version of popular BitTorrent downloader, Transmission. One of the most prominent and intrusive cybersecurity threats for individuals and businesses alike, is...

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German Hospitals Targeted in Ransomware Cybercrime

Posted on February 29th, 2016.

   Following the recent high-profile case of a Hollywood hospital falling prey to ransomware, several German hospitals are under siege with computer systems offline due to the actions of ransomware cybercriminals. Ransomware is easily among the most widespread, high-profile strains of malware lately which can be particularly nasty...

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Hollywood Hospital at the Center of Ransomware Plot

Posted on February 15th, 2016.

A ransomware cyberattack targeting the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center left employees unable to access patient files and even had hospital staff declare an “internal emergency.” What began as a cyberattack on a Southern California hospital last Friday has soon unraveled into the hospital President and CEO declaring an “internal...

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JavaScript-based Ransom32 Makes Ransomware Easier Than Ever

Posted on January 3rd, 2016.

Ransomware has traditionally involved advanced exploitation of desktop vulnerabilities, gaining the Windows equivalent of root, and encrypting the file system in such a way that the user can only get out of it by making a payment. Police departments, along with thousands of everyday users, have been impacted. Often in the case of police...

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New Ransomware Targets Linux Powered Websites

Posted on November 9th, 2015.

A new strain of ransomware targeting Linux-powered websites and servers is discovered in the wild and continues the trend and threat posed by any other ransomware – encrypt a victim’s information and data in exchange for a ransom fee. Ransomware is among the most notorious and damaging strains of malware in recent times with the most...

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CryptoWall 4.0: Why the Ransomware Presents a Bigger Threat than Its Predecessor

Posted on November 6th, 2015.

CryptoWall 4.0 is a harder ransomware to protect against than its predecessor, CrptoWall 3.0, according to Heimdal Security. This is pretty serious news, considering CryptoWall 3.0 has raked in an estimated $325 million from hundreds of thousands of victims by demanding ransom payments in bitcoin since the ransomware debuted less than a...

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Ransomware Strikes Scandinavians again and this time it is Undetectable

Posted on October 1st, 2015.

A new sweeping spam campaign has targeted Scandinavians again. The spam delivered is ransomware, and it is already the fourth such attack in September alone. A new ransomware campaign targeting Scandinavians has emerged, barely a week after the previous campaign that spoofed an official email correspondence from the local post office to...

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CryptoLocker Ransomware Springs on Scandinavians

Posted on September 26th, 2015.

Scandinavian PC users have been struck by the latest variant of the CryptoLocker ransomware malware through fake emails that are impersonating postal services. Malicious operators are now delivering emails with links to malware-delivering websites that download ransomware to unsuspecting PC users in Scandinavia, reports Heimdal Security....

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