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It’s no secret that the threat of ransomware attacks is ever-present and continuously increasing as we progress into 2020. It’s frequency of occurrence could be difficult to track as businesses or organizations don’t always report these cyberattacks to authorities, instead paying off ransoms to receive their files. This decision comes at a costly price, as payment never guarantees reaccess to encrypted files.Read More
Towards the end of November, Louisian’s state government experienced a ransomware infection caused by an unauthorized program downloaded onto a government owned computer. The cyberattack caused disruptions across several State offices, leaving employees unable to access the internet, email, or other necessary applications after a prompt server shutdown response by the Office of Technology Services.Read More
Businesses and government agencies aren’t the only target for cybercriminals. School is back in session this month, and school districts across the country are also affected by large scale ransomware attacks.Read More
On May 7th, Baltimore’s city government was faced with a ransomware attack by the “RobbinHood” strain that took most department systems offline. Emergency response systems were unaffected by this attack, but the city still faces extensive damage costs that have risen to a price of $18 million.Read More
Dharma ransomware had first made an appearance back in 2016 and is still out to target its next victims through another cyberattack method: this time posing as an anti-virus software to trick users into downloading malware onto their computers.Read More
As recently announced on May 14, Microsoft released a patch for its Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0798, to fix its older Windows versions XP and 2003. The vulnerability has the potential to be exploited by ransomware - particularly WannaCry - in which the malware could spread from one computer to the next, hence the term “wormable”.Read More
Reevert Storage, Backup and Recovery solution releases Cloud Panel, partner portal, and upgraded firmware version 188.8.131.52.Read More
Ransomware attacks are far from over, and with more sophisticated attacks like Ryuk, Bitpaymer, and Dharma, encryption keys provided through ransom demands have gotten more expensive.Read More
Albany, NY was hit with a ransomware attack as made public by Mayor Kathy Sheehan via Twitter on Saturday. Several municipal services offered within the city were impacted after the cyberattack.Read More
Nowadays, any organization can be susceptible to a cyberattack, as sensitive data can end up in a hacker’s hands if a website has unpatched vulnerabilities.Read More
Phishing email messages are going around in an attempt to steal valuable login credentials from company officials.Read More
There’s a new strain of ransomware going around to entice victims into paying ransom. It’s called CryptoMix, and it utilizes a fictitious charity scheme that promises its victims they are helping a good cause.Read More
Data collected from MSPs show that ransomware attacks could likely increase upon small and medium-sized business in the upcoming 2019 year.Read More
‘Tis the season for online shopping and cybersecurity tips! While Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have ended, the holiday shopping season has just begun, and during this time of year, cybercriminals are out to cause havoc.
Finding purchasable ransomware may not be so difficult for cybercriminals. In a report by ZDNet, findings suggest that ransomware bundles are being sold over the dark web for a hefty, but affordable price of $750.Read More
Damages caused by the WannaCry ransomware attack on Britain’s National Health Service back in May 2017 costed the department about £92 million - or approximately $121 million - as overall expenditures were recently calculated.Read More
Hawaii’s Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP) recently announced a data breach of patient records. It was reported that around 40,800 patients were impacted, as sensitive information such as name, date of birth, and medical history were compromised.Read More
There’s a new strain of ransomware spreading to users globally according to an article published by ZDNet, and its built-in features hint at the possibility of more sophisticated attacks to come.Read More
Laboratory Corp. of America is now in recovery mode as the large medical-testing company fell victim to a ransomware attack around midnight on July 13th.Read More
GandCrab ransomware is back and stronger than its preceding versions, with upgrades meant to cause further damage as it encrypts users’ data.Read More
A new wave of ransomware attacks had landed upon businesses, but there was something strange about these specific cases--the fact that no actual ransomware was involved.Read More
As a major source of income for cyberthieves, bank targeting by means of ransomware attacks have become the crime of choice. As the name so suggests, ransomware operates by locking and encrypting files within a network until the user(s) provide appropriate payment (usually in bitcoin).Read More
South African financial services provider Liberty Holdings suffered from a cyber attack on Saturday according to the Sunday Times newspaper, as an external party demanded payment after revealing that sensitive data was collected.Read More
Tt’s been reported that Leominster Public Schools have been hit with ransomware.
After an unfortunate attack on April 14th, Superintendent of Schools, Paula Deacon, stated that they paid the $10,000 ransom in bitcoin in order to regain their files.Read More
On March 22nd, The City of Atlanta suffered a massive ransomware attack that led to a $52,000 ransom payout and unfortunately, they have yet to find a resolution - or an end to the millions of dollars they’ve already spent during the recovery process. As of now, the City of Atlanta has paid nearly $3 Million in contracts (and counting). It is unconfirmed whether or not they paid the ransom.Read More
A flaw in Cisco switches was the culprit of critical infrastructure attacks in numerous countries, according to a security report from the Cisco Talos team. The cyberattack reportedly affected 168,000 systems in the process.Read More
On Wednesday, Boeing stated that it was hit by a cyberattack. Boeing executives identified the malware as the WannaCry virus that hit thousands of computers in over 70 countries last year.
Atlanta is the latest ransomware victim during a broad-scale attack, targeting computers networks all across the city.
It was said to have affected various internal and external customer facing applications, ranging anywhere from court systems to payments. It is said that a ransom of $51,000 is being demanded to unlock all affected systems.Read More
Another ransomware attack strikes again: this time in Davidson County, North Carolina. County computers were infected with a strain of ransomware last Friday.Read More
Earlier this week, it was reported that Hancock Health Hospital in Greeenfield, Indiana was struck by ransomware late last week. Today, Hancock Health CEO, Steve Long, stated that while backups were available, it could have taken “days, maybe even weeks,” to get back to full operation again. It was decided that they would pay the $55,000 ransom (4 bitcoin) instead of wait for the restoration process to be completed.Read More
Have you heard about Bitcoin?
I’m guessing you’ve seen it in the headlines by now. What is it, you ask? We’ll keep it pretty simple and drop a link here if you’re interested in reading more about it. To keep it short, Bitcoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency that involves technology, economics, math, and social dynamics. It’s an anonymous currency that, quite frankly, is a bit risky.Read More
Ars Technica reported findings about a newly discovered security flaw known as KRACK, which is something that affects WPA2 (a security protocol used in most WiFi devices). KRACK is an acronym for Key Reinstallation Attack and involves reusing a one-time key during an attempt to join a secured WiFi network. When this is done, it gives the hacker the opportunity to decrypt all information that’s being exchanged from the device (smartphone, laptop, etc.) to the access point. Not only is your private information up for grabs, but your credit card numbers, passwords, messages, emails and more are about ready to be stolen.Read More
Just last week, the world suffered its second global cyberattack at the hands of GoldenEye, a new strain of Petya ransomware. Prior to that, the world was struck by the biggest ransomware attack in history, plaguing over 300,000 machines. In response to the recent events, reevert, a SaaS all-in-one backup solution, is eager to help affected businesses protect their data from any future cyberattacks by giving away a one year free subscription of reevert to victims struck by ransomware. Reevert is providing them a second chance at data protection and recovery.Read More
Last week, the world was hit with yet another global ransomware attack. Why do global ransomware attacks keep happening?
The truth is, there is no one, single answer to why ransomware is hitting globally. In a nutshell, perpetrators are taking advantage of outdated, unprotected systems.Read More
Ransomware has been around for awhile but SamSam ransomware is relatively new to the scene: Consider yourselves warned. We’re used to seeing smaller ransoms for other strains but with SamSam, operators are demanding outrageous ransoms in exchange for decryption.Read More
More than a dozen National Health Services hospitals in England and many other major companies were hit with a crippling ransomware attack today, including FedEx and Spain’s largest telecom.Read More
While ransomware attacks aren’t for the faint of heart, ransomware-as-a-service helps even the least experienced cybercriminal reach a new low. Cybercrimes and ransomware have pushed their way through the marketplace, paving their way to make some quick cash (well, Bitcoin, technically…). Ransomware is a type of malicious software that locks files and only decrypts them in exchange for a ransom. Most strains of ransomware are deployed by professional criminals. Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), however, can be purchased and deployed by an amateur.Read More
We thought Q2 was bad in the ransomware spectrum, but reports now show that Q3 was even worse. A recent Kaspersky Lab report has revealed that ransomware attacked have more than doubled between July and September 2016. They detected 171,802,109 malicious attacks in over 190 countries in this three month span.Read More
A new ransomware has been discovered by MalwareHunterTeam and it’s nothing short of calculated. A fake organization, the Central Security Treatment Organization (or Cry), has released this new strain of malware that works to encrypt your files and append the .cry extension to said files. Once encrypted, they demand approximately 1.1 bitcoins or the equivalent of $625 USD for the decryption key.Read More
If you’re a fan of Mr. Robot, you will instantly recognize the logo on this recently inspired ransomware virus. This new EDA2 variant is now recognized as the FSociety Ransomware, based on the logo of the infamous TV hacking group, FSociety.
This month, several hospitals were hit hard by a massive Locky ransomware campaign. Attackers primarily targeted the healthcare industry via macro-based files and a phishing campaign. The most recent high-profile Locky attack was in February at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California; the hospital ended up paying out $17,000 worth of Bitcoin. With the sudden rise in attacks, keeping your data safe is more important than ever. Reevert can help keep your files protected.Read More
IBM states that in 2015, manufacturing was the second most targeted industry for cyber attacks. As a result of this finding, cybersecurity concerns are taking the center stage on manufacturers’ list of priorities - in the top 10 section, to be exact.Read More
Businesses acknowledge the grave dangers of a ransomware attack, yet 84% of them say that they would choose not to pay the ransom. Ransomware attacks have the power to halt your operations and as any business owner can agree, time down equals money lost.Read More
A week after Microsoft released the big Anniversary Update, a new update has rolled out. They released a variety of patches and fixes, many focused on boosting security. Fixes were added on Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft’s Edge browsers to improve the overall reliability and security.Read More
In the ever-growing world of technology, the list of threats has only gotten worse. Accounts of cybercrime have gone through the roof as of late and they don’t show signs of stopping. CEO fraud, real estate scams, ransomware… the list goes on. Today, we’re highlighting three pieces of proof that cyber crime isn’t something to ignore.Read More
The world of ransomware is dirty enough as it is, but by the looks of it, it’s getting even dirtier. Ransomware (a mashup of the words ransom & malware) has been a growing problem in technology over the years. Ransomware is now considered to be the most lucrative form of malware to date - and some Fortune 500 companies might have caught on to that.
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