Tag Archives: ransomware

Hackers claim to have breached 20,000 Superdrug accounts

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UK high street pharmacy Superdrug disclosed late last month that personal information belonging to 20,000 customers may have been breached. A spokeswoman for the health and beauty company explained that they were contacted by hackers who claimed that they had obtained the details and would release them unless a ransom… Read more »

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SamSam ransomware an increasing threat

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Since its inception in late 2015, the SamSam hacking group has racked up $6 million from its ransomware activities. A new report from Sophos estimates that the threat actor’s profits are currently running at about $300,000 per month, paid into a variety of Bitcoin accounts. Its headcount of victims currently… Read more »

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Hacked Alaskan civil servants revert to old technology

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A local government department in the state of Alaska has been crippled by a ransomware infestation. The attack encrypted 500 desktop computers and 120 servers; encrypting internal systems, emails and back-up data, and also the door entry and telecoms systems. While the borough’s antivirus software succeeded in spotting one part… Read more »

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Dashcam evidence lost in Atlanta ransomware attack

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Hackers have launched a SamSam ransomware attack on Atlanta’s IT department, affecting nearly a third of the state’s software. The attack closed Atlanta’s courts for several weeks. The damage includes years of police records, including the irretrievable loss of a large amount of dashcam video footage. The state declined to… Read more »

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Can businesses afford to ignore cyber insurance?

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As the threat of cybercrime grows in quantity and scale, so too does the need for insurance cover. CFC, which recently came out top in the Insurance Times Cyber Product Report, is a pioneer in cyber insurance. The London-based specialist lines insurance provider has witnessed a dramatic rise in the… Read more »

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Durham students hit by WannaCry

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As well as the NHS and Nissan’s Sunderland car plant, students at Durham Sixth Form Centre also suffered collateral damage from the WannaCry ransomware attack last spring. Several students lost coursework that would have counted towards their A and AS results. Security experts have criticised the college for being panicked… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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Cisco highlights cyber threats

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Multinational tech heavyweight Cisco has issued a recent report emphasising the growing threat from ransomware. In the battle for control of the internet, hackers are deploying ever more sophisticated weaponry, while federal agencies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, malicious actors are exploiting the growth in encrypted web traffic… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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Asia is ransomware central

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Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report reveals that ransomware is now the most profitable form of cybercrime, and that Asia is the part of the world that suffers the most ransomware attacks. The top three victims were Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela; with Japan, Finland and USA amongst the least affected…. Read more »

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