Atlanta, hit by ransomware attack, also fell victim to leaked NSA exploits

It’s been almost a week since the City of Atlanta was hit by a ransomware attack, which encrypted city data and led to the shutdown of some services. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press conference Monday that the city’s government is working on recovering the network after ransom notes appeared on computer displays on Thursday afternoon. […]

New Ransomware Attacks Endpoint Defenses

A newly discovered ransomware variant attempts to remove any anti-malware protection in place on a victim’s computer before it begins its nefarious work. A group of researchers discovered the malware and reported it in a post on BleepingComputer. The malware, which the group of analysts and researchers is calling AVCrypt, first tries to identify and […]

SamSam ransomware attacks have earned nearly $850,000

First emerging in late 2015, the group believed to be responsible for the SamSam ransomware family has targeted small and large businesses, healthcare, governments, and education. Over time, the ransom prices set by this group have changed some, but they’ve remained consistent when it comes to general affordability, which is why many victims have paid. […]

Atlanta officials still ‘working around the clock’ to resolve ransomware attack

As of Saturday, Atlanta officials and federal partners were still “working around the clock” to resolve the ransomware attack on city computers which occurred around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning and encrypted some financial and person data. On Thursday, the official investigation included “the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cisco cybersecurity officials and Microsoft to determine […]

GandCrab Ransomware Goes ‘Agile’

The relative quiet in ransomware attacks so far in 2018 may be a bit misleading, as ransomware developers have been busy and in some cases moving their craft forward with techniques used in enterprise software development. According to researchers at Check Point, GandCrab, a fairly recent entrant to the ransomware scene, infected over 50,000 victims […]

The Ransomware Threat to ICS Security

Industrial control systems (referred to as ICS) have faced an ever-growing volume of threats over the past few years. From 2015 to 2016, IBM Managed Security Services reported a 110 percent increase in ICS cybersecurity attacks. The US accounted for most of these incidents, given it has the most Internet-connected ICS networks on the planet, […]

Why robot ransomware could cripple your business

Read why  Alison DeNisco Rayome  says that robots infected with ransomware are harmful for businesses on Tech Republic : Phishing emails aren’t the only vector for ransomware attacks to hit your business: Ransomware for robots is an increasing risk, as these devices can be exploited and locked to the detriment of business operations, according to […]

Microsoft Report: Cybersecurity’s Top 3 Threats Intertwine

Cybercrime is a business, and hackers are looking for cheap strategies to maximize impact and minimize cost. Simple attack methods are one of three key themes permeating version 23 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which was released this week. This edition of the biannual report spans enterprise and consumer cloud services, and analyzes the […]

Why You Should Never Pay A Ransomware Ransom

Read why Lee Mathews explain why you should never pay a ransom if you are infected with a ransomware on Forbes : A ransomware infection can be a very, very scary situation to deal with. Many victims aren’t sure what to do next when ransomware hits. There’s one thing that you should never do, and that […]

Ransomware for robots is the next big security nightmare

Ransomware has long been a headache for PC and smartphone users, but in the future, it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid. Researchers at security company IOActive have shown how they managed to hack the humanoid NAO robot made by Softbank and infect one with custom-built ransomware. The researchers said the same attack […]