The cyber attack wake-up call

Read why Professor John Clark says that growing cyber attacks are a wake-up call on Yorkshire Post : Two years ago, the then Chancellor George Osborne warned that Islamic State militants were trying to launch cyber attacks on targets in the UK such as air traffic control systems or hospitals. Read his full article here.

Ransomware: The Risk is Real

Read why Rob Simopolous says that ransomware presents a clear and present danger to organisations on Security Info Watch : On May 12, the now-familiar threat of ransomware took the offensive, as more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries were encrypted for ransom at hospitals, telecommunications systems, governments, banks and more. Known as “WannaCry,” the […]

Beware the next wave of cyber threats: IoT ransomware

Read David Balaban’s article about why Internet of Things ransomware is the next big cyber threat on Information Management : Ransomware has become one of the most serious cyber threats plaguing organizations. Today, all of us – from home users to corporations and government organizations – are trying to protect ourselves from encryption viruses. But we are […]

Ransomware attack will count as data breach: security pro

Ransomware attacks will be regarded as data breaches under Australia’s new data breach legislation that comes into force on 22 February next year, according to the chief cyber security adviser at RSA. Leonard Kleinman gave a rundown of what one could expect when the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 takes effect, focusing on the […]

Did Bitcoin Enable an Explosion in Ransomware Attacks?

Read Josh McAllister’s article about whether the Bitcoin is responsible for sudden explosion of ransomware attacks on The Merkle : Cyber security is a discipline that is as old as computers and the internet. Ever since there has been data stored on a hard drive somewhere, there has been a need to protect that data. Being attacked […]

WannaCry: A wake-up call to be safe (and smart) than sorry

Even as an international manhunt gets underway to find the perpetrators behind the WannaCry ransomware that hit hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries, experts and security researchers are warning of new strains of attacks like Adylkuzz that are even more stealthy and potent. Read about the lessons that businesses can learn from WannaCry […]

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. Read why Europol’s Rob Wainwright says that ransomware attack threats are escalating around the world on BBC […]

WannaCry: Smaller businesses are at great risk

Read why Andrew Stuart says that small and medium businesses at greater risk from ransomware attacks on Helpnet Security : Last week saw a widespread attack with more than 10,000 organisations across 150 countries – including 48 NHS trusts in the UK – almost simultaneously hit by the ransomware strain WannaCry. With data encrypted, the […]

Most people would pay a ransom to get their data back

The high-profile WannaCry attack was the first time that 57% of US consumers were exposed to how ransomware works, the results of a recent Carbon Black survey have revealed. On the one hand, this high percentage is very disturbing. Ransomware has been around since 2005, and you would think that they would have at least heard […]

Get out your wallet: when to pay the ransom

Read Nick Ismail explain when is the right time to pay the ransom if a ransomware attack takes place in your company on Information Age : After last week’s WannaCry outbreak, ransomware is no longer an unknown subject to anyone in technology circles. The malware that often comes in via email (though WannaCry did not), […]