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Employees paying out for ransomware

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Ransomware is not only spreading like an infectious disease, but it is also having a psychological effect on its victims. A new survey reveals that nearly 60% of company employees are so panicked by becoming victims of a ransomware attack that they pay the ransom demand themselves – rather than… Read more »

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Bad Rabbit from same hutch as NotPetya

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It seems likely that the recent Bad Rabbit ransomware attack on Russia and Ukraine originates from the same source as the NotPetya infestation earlier this year. Since this article was originally published, there have been some German and Turkish victims of this bug. The actors behind both attacks go by… Read more »

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The changing face of cybercrime

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According to speakers at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Massachusetts, the world of cybercrime is shifting as hackers line up new targets. Not that anyone nostalgic for the good old days need worry – ransomware and critical infrastructure attacks aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. It’s some interesting insight… Read more »

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Lack of hospital cybersecurity puts patients at risk

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There’s probably no mention of malware in the Hippocratic Oath. However, malicious software is now posing as much of a threat to patient’s lives as a hospital superbug or a slip of the scalpel. While doctors battle to restore their charges to good health, their efforts are being under mined… Read more »

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Maersk reports large losses as direct result of malware

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Danish multinational A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container ship company, took a massive broadside from the NotPetya malware attack earlier this summer – resulting in second quarter losses approaching $300m, despite containment of the attack within 24 hours. Maersk was quick to emphasise that the malware only affected… Read more »

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Manufacturers’ production lines are lucrative targets

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Throwing a cyber wrench into the works of a busy factory is becoming an ever more popular and lucrative ploy amongst the hacking community. The more technologically-sophisticated the production line, the more scope attackers have for disrupting it – especial if it involves finely tuned functions such as computer-imaging, barcode… Read more »

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Shhh! Alexa can hear you

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Is your friendly Amazon Echo serving your every whim and need – or is it spying on you? A British researcher has found a simple way of using malware and an SD card to convert an innocent speaker into a secret bugging device. In a time where voice-activated digital assistants… Read more »

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Ransomware made easy

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To coincide with Def Con and Black Hat, cybersecurity’s two biggest events, the BBC has been scrutinising the world of internet crime – in particular how easy it is to become a cyber criminal. The dramatic growth in ransomware is attributed to the ready availability, from a run-of-the-mill search engine,… Read more »

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Ransomware becoming more targeted

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Purveyors of ransomware have, until now, tended to adopt a shotgun approach; spraying malicious code across as wide a field (aka the Internet) as possible in the hope that some of it will hit a victim. It now appears that they have switched their weapon of choice to a sniper… Read more »

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