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Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes

Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes For most ExtremeTech readers this should almost go without saying, but if you find a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox, don’t plug it in.There are more dangerous things a criminal element could drop in your mailbox, but a malware infected USB drive isn’t good.

Ransomware: New report reveals most vulnerable industry

Ransomware: New report reveals most vulnerable industry A new report has revealed which industries are most likely to experience ransomware attacks, with education leading the pack as the most impacted group.The Rising Face of Cyber Crime: Ransomware report from BitSight analysed security ratings of nearly 20,000 companies to identify common forms of ransomware across industries including finance, healthcare, education, energy/utilities, retail, and government.

Are Kiwi employees in the dark when It mes to cyber security?

Are Kiwi employees in the dark when It mes to cyber security? The Government says Kiwi organisations need to up their game when it comes to training their staff on cyber security.According to new research from Colmar Brunton, only 17% of New Zealanders say they have received training or advice about cyber security at work, despite New Zealanders grappling with cyber security issues.

Kiwi employees vulnerable to phishing attacks, report finds

Kiwi employees vulnerable to phishing attacks, report finds Moreover, Phishing emails increasingly contain ransomware, with a report earlier this year revealing 93% of all phishing emails contained encryption ransomware.“Unfortunately the results were not surprising – as phishing emails are becoming increasingly convincing and sophisticated,” Whitmore says.

Ransomware shuts down San Fran transit, but the hacker just got hacked

Ransomware shuts down San Fran transit, but the hacker just got hacked This week, the San Fransisco transit system experienced the latest in a growing trend of “ransomware” attacks against important pieces of infrastructure.There is some good news, though: as reported by Forbes, it seems that the hacker has had his or her own email address infiltrated in retaliation.

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends These pieces of malware encrypt your files and won’t unlock them unless you pay, but the new “Popcorn Time” ransomware offers an alternative: Just infect some friends and you get your files back free.If you can get two other people to install that file — thus encrypting their files — and pay the ransom, you get your files decrypted for free.

Ransomware to dominate cyber security landscape

Ransomware to dominate cyber security landscape “We anticipate a new trend on the horizon: The Ransomware of Things or RoT, i.the possibility of cybercriminals “hijacking” devices such as home security cameras and then demanding a ransom payment in exchange for restoring control to the user,” ESET says in the report.

What to expect from cyber attacks in 2017

What to expect from cyber attacks in 2017 As organisations plan to defend their enterprises against ransomware and non-malware attacks, here’s what to expect in 2017.1:  Non-malware attacks will escalate and become more severe Attackers are increasingly utilising non-malware attacks in an effort to remain undetected on organisations’ endpoints.

Ransomware: Key insights from infosec experts

Ransomware: Key insights from infosec experts Before we entangle ourselves in everything digital that this year has to offer, it’s important to heed expert advice.As recently reported; cybercrime has wriggled its way into 21st century life, wreaking a trail of havoc as it goes.

Here are the top trends in Android ransomware right now

Here are the top trends in Android ransomware right now 2016 brought some interesting developments to the Android ransomware scene, seeing ransomware emerge as one of the most pressing cybersecurity issues on the mobile platform.Authors of lock-screen ransomware, as well as file-encrypting “crypto-ransomware”, used copycat techniques proven effective in desktop malware, as well as develop their own sophisticated methods specifically designed for Android users.

Hancitor climbs its way to the top of 'world's most wanted' malware families

Hancitor climbs its way to the top of 'world's most wanted' malware families The Hancitor/Chanitor malware has rapidly climbed to be one of the top five ‘world’s most wanted’ malware families for the first time, according to Check Point’s February Global Threat Impact Index.The Global Threat Impact Index also named Kelihos, HackerDefender and Cryptowall as the top three malware.

IBM Accidentally Shipped Malware to its Business Customers

IBM Accidentally Shipped Malware to its Business Customers One thing consumers and enterprise customers do have in common, however, is that shipping them malware is a really bad idea.Last week, IBM announced that it had accidentally distributed malware to some of its Storwize customers via a USB drive.

Bitdefender creates decryption tool for Bart ransomware victims

Bitdefender creates decryption tool for Bart ransomware victims Help is at hand for victims of the Bart ransomware, after Bitdefender released a decryption tool that works for all variants.The free Bart Ransomware Decryption tool, a collaboration between Bitdefender, Europol and Romanian Police, can help victims recover from all variants of the Bart ransomware.

Internet users still trust big email providers - despite major breaches

Internet users still trust big email providers - despite major breaches Internet users still trust global email providers like Yahoo, Gmail and Outlook but don’t know quite as much about privacy-focused services, a new survey from NordVPN has found.“The scale of the breaches regularly experienced by popular email providers raise concerns about how big companies protect their data,” says Marty P.

New Ransomware Attack Used Leaked NSA Exploits to Hit NHS

New Ransomware Attack Used Leaked NSA Exploits to Hit NHS Organizations across the world have been hit by another wave of ransomware, with targets mostly concentrated in Europe and Asia.The nefarious software now spreading across the globe is known as WanaCrypt0r 2.

In-depth: Security experts explain the WannaCry ransomware's world domination

In-depth: Security experts explain the WannaCry ransomware's world domination The world’s cybersecurity experts have been quick to comment on the Wannacry ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Telefonica, FedEx, KPMG and organisations in other countries over the weekend.We’ve compiled a list of some of the top comments from security experts including LogRhythm, Digital Shadows, Malwarebytes, Tenable Network Security, and MailGuard.

NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Windows XP

NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Windows XP Last week, we discussed the appearance of a new type of ransomware and the havoc it has wreaked across the internet.Infections have spread across the globe and included institutions in Spain, the UK, China, Russia, and the United States.

Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware's Kill Switch

Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware's Kill Switch The UK’s national Health Service (NHS) and Spanish telco Telefónica were among the most high-profile victims of the WannaCry malware, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.As bad as the infection was, it could have been much worse if not for a security writer and researcher stumbling upon its kill switch.

Pirates of the Caribbean film held ransom by, well.. pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean film held ransom by, well.. pirates The hackers said they would release the film in parts should their demands go unmet.Deadline confirmed that it was in fact Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth in the Pirates franchise, which is scheduled for release May 26.

SSDs Vulnerable to Deliberate, Low-Level Data Corruption Attacks

SSDs Vulnerable to Deliberate, Low-Level Data Corruption Attacks But a new paper from Carnegie Mellon University, Seagate, and ETH Zurich has shown that the way data is programmed into MLC SSDs makes them vulnerable to data corruption attacks, meaningfully reducing the drive’s lifespan in the process.The first SSDs that were developed stored one bit of data per cell and are called single-level cells (SLCs).