22 Aug 2019

Hackers Want $2.5 Million Ransom for Texas Ransomware Attacks

The threat actors behind the coordinated ransomware campaign that hit entities in Texas last week are demanding $2.5 million in ransom, the mayor of one city affected by the attack announced this week. The official also said the ransomware had been deployed via the software of the city’s managed service

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21 Aug 2019

Fortnite Ransomware Masquerades as an Aimbot Game Hack

Security researchers at Cyren have uncovered a new ransomware campaign that targets players of the immensely popular online video game Fortnite. The payload, called “Syrk” is disguised as a game hack that will improve players’ aim and let them know the location of other players. The threat actors are likely

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20 Aug 2019

Post GandCrab, Cybercriminals Scouring the Dark Web for the Next Top Ransomware

A recent study by Recorded Future found that the retirement of the GandCrab ransomware group earlier this year has created a ransomware demand vacuum on underground forums. The study indicates that around half of posts on underground forums are from cybercriminals looking for an alternative to the GandCrab ransomware-as-a-service solution.

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19 Aug 2019

Cybersecurity Has Become a Political Issue for Americans, Survey Shows

A new survey by Anomali shows that 87% of Americans think that cybersecurity is a crucial priority for the government, and only a little over half (51%) are satisfied with government efforts in this context. More than one in five people have been at the receiving end of a ransomware

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19 Aug 2019

‘Coordinated Ransomware Attack’ in Texas Hits 23 Local Governments

Since last Friday, an unidentified threat actor has launched a wave of ransomware attacks against government entities in Texas. The state’s Department of Information Resources (DIR) said that at least 23 entities were “actually or potentially impacted” by the “coordinated ransomware attack.” The affected organizations have not been identified. The

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16 Aug 2019

New Canon Survey Reveals Critical Gaps in Companies’ Cybersecurity Agenda

A new survey indicates that when it comes to cybersecurity, businesses are most concerned with the actions of their own staff. When asked about the biggest threat to their organization, 30% of respondents mentioned malicious insiders, and 25% said human error. Other threats that were given high priority were malware

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12 Aug 2019

Even DSLR cameras are vulnerable to ransomware

Check Point researchers have discovered that the unauthenticated Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) puts some digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and certain mirrorless cameras at risk of ransomware attacks. An attacker within range of a vulnerable camera’s WiFi could use the PTP to infect the device with ransomware that encrypts all

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09 Aug 2019

Ransomware attacks on businesses up 365% this year

A new report by Malwarebytes confirms the resurgence of ransomware campaigns targeting companies. While various reports released in the first half of last year projected the decline of file-encrypting malware, threat actors have since then launched countless targeted campaigns. Between Q2 of 2018 and Q2 of this year, ransomware detections

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08 Aug 2019

Chinese government hackers suspected of moonlighting for profit

FireEye researchers have discovered that members of the notorious Chinese state-backed cyber espionage group APT41 are making money on the side by carrying out ransomware campaigns targeting game companies as well as other financially-motivated attacks. Sandra Joyce of FireEye says that “APT41 is unique among the China-Nexus actors we track

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08 Aug 2019

Vectra: Ransomware attacks are spreading to cloud, datacenter, and enterprise infrastructure

  An extensive report on ransomware by Vectra highlights how ransomware actors turn compromised networks into their most powerful weapon during an attack, as it allows them to encrypt shared documents on network servers, including those stored in the cloud. Threat actors use this tactic to target firms like cloud

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