Getting ahead of a new breed of Ransomware

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We typically understand a ransomware attack to be a demand for payment in return for decrypting files. But evolution, even in malware, is inevitable. A fairly new disruptive cyber cell known as The Dark Overlord is relying on the threat of reputation damage to “encourage” its victims to pay up.

You might be thinking that reputation damage wouldn’t be enough to make your firm shake in its boots, but you’d be wrong. These Dark Overlord cyberbullies use nasty tactics ...

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Everything You Need To Know About WannaCry – Right Now

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What is WannaCry?

WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a new ransomware that hit over 74 countries in the last 24 hours, which spreads like a worm by leveraging a Windows vulnerability (MS17-010) that has been previously fixed by Microsoft in March of this year.  WannaCry is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that makes them unavailable to you anymore.

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“You Hacked.” Unexpected lessons from a ransomware attack on public services

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You know it is a bad day when your computer screen blips up with this ransomware message:


“You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key (cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681, Enter.”

But if the day is Black Friday, and your computer is part of a major US city’s municipal transit system, I think we can all agree that this constitutes a very, very, bad day indeed.

This was the ransomware message presented on hundreds of SFMTA (San Francisco’s transit agency) computer screens on Black Friday – 25 November.

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Ransomware: expert prevention and mitigation advice

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Ask anyone who’s been through it: ransomware attacks are nasty, insidious beasts that can spike stress levels, lean hard on resources and steal funds from organizations. They impact brand reputation, deflate morale and significantly disrupt normal business operations.

Worst of all, ransomware reports on the rise.

A recent survey shows that the biggest cost to business is downtime, not the ransom payment. The other interesting finding is that almost half of all attacks target firms with more than ...

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