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Top university takes ransomware hit

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University College London, one of the world’s most eminent seats of learning, has suffered a ransomware attack that has severely affected access to the files of its academics. Initially the malware infestation, which circumvented the college’s antivirus system, was thought to be the result of a phishing excursion. It now… Read more »

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WannaCry was only the beginning

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Sounding like something out of a John Le Carre novel, the Shadow Brokers are the mysterious hacking group that powered the recent crippling WannaCry attack. Believed to have connections with senior government in Russia, the Shadow Brokers are seen as one the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous cyberattack teams. Security… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Ransomware epidemic goes corporate

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Whatever fate awaits the world economy as a whole, one element predicted to keep on booming is ransomware. After all, it is already a $1bn a year industry. Its technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and the attackers less scrupulous, leading to its targets becoming bigger and more lucrative – businesses… Read more »

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Microsoft warns users of bogus warnings

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Beware emails purporting to notify Microsoft customers about fake pending charges on their credit cards this Christmas – as they are riddled with Cerber ransomware. The phishing email, which is full of inconsistencies and anomalies, urges users to follow the instructions in the attached Word document and to enable macros…. Read more »

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Good guys hit back at ransomware crooks

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Ransomware attackers are no longer having it all their own way, due to a backlash from the cyber security industry. A good example of a successful counterstrike is the speed with which a recent Telegram app ransomware was dismantled. In many cases, white hats are able to exploit basic flaws… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in parlous state of health

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As if budget deficits and junior doctor strikes aren’t enough, Sky TV has revealed that the NHS’ IT system is also in need of major surgery. It is not only patients’ sensitive health data that’s at risk – hackers could also shut down vital equipment and systems. Hospitals have become… Read more »

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Europol launches No More Ransom campaign

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International crime fighters and tech companies are uniting to fight the growing threat of ransomware. The campaign, ingeniously dubbed No More Ransom, offers advice through an online portal, a reporting service and free decryption tools. In its first two months of operation over 2,500 people have used the service, resulting… Read more »

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Profitable ransomware industry with a conscience

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Cyber security firm McAfee reports that ransomware attacks have increased by 128% over the past year, with one attacker netting $120m in just six months. Despite these stats, the story has a heart-warming element. On underground forums some of the usually rather more unscrupulous hackers have condemned their peers for… Read more »

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