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UK councils fight ransomware threat

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The bad news is that more than a quarter of local councils in Britain have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. The better news is that, due to their effective back-up systems, only one amongst the 115 affected councils has actually paid a ransom to retrieve its data. Due to the… Read more »

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Beware of bogus attachments

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The latest burst of malspam is using PDFs featuring bogus receipts to spread a new strain of ransomware called GandCrab. First an email arrives with a PDF attachment that contains a captcha to prove the recipient is a human being. A click on this will release a rogue Word document…. Read more »

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US hospital catches ransomware bug

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A hospital in Indiana has coughed up $60,000 to attackers who infected its information systems with Samsam ransomware. The opportunistic hackers capitalised on the severe weather and a serious flu outbreak to force the hospital into paying out four bitcoins to have its patient records unencrypted. The miscreants have now… Read more »

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Cyberattacks now a top three global threat

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Forget nuclear war, terrorism, and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, the three greatest threats to mankind are natural disasters, extreme weather and, you guessed it, cyberattacks. With so many aspects of modern day existence dependent on the Internet, the WEF’s Global Risks Report for 2018 cites ransomware… Read more »

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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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