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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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Beef chow mein with ransomware on the side

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Cyber criminals have been feeding on customers of the Mr Chow Chinese restaurant chain. Exploiting vulnerabilities in Mr Chow’s outdated CMS, the mystery hackers installed Darkleech ransomware on its website and demanded an unpalatable ransom of more than £500 from site visitors whose devices became infected. This is not the… Read more »

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Alarming stats on UK ransomware

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A poll amongst IT managers at some 300 UK businesses reveals that nearly half of them have been infected by ransomware in the last two years. Of the two thirds who paid up an average ransom of £540, a third of them didn’t even get their data back. The report… Read more »

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Ransomware attacks reach epidemic levels

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Security firm Symantec has revealed that ransomware attacks are growing in number, sophistication and menace. This has resulted in a rise of average demands from just over £200 to around £500 since the start of 2016. “Ransomware has quickly emerged as one of the most dangerous cyberthreats facing both organisations… Read more »

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New early warning system for ransomware

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Scientists at the University of Florida have devised an ingenious new software to tackle the growing threat of ransomware. Crypto-Drop detects ransomware at an early stage and stops it in its tracks before it can encrypt more than just a few files. However, according to security firm Alert Logic, Crypto-Logic… Read more »

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New ransomware is devil’s own work

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Satana, a new strain of ransomware believed to originate in Russia, is posing a fresh threat to computer security. On the one hand it has the ability to encrypt files. On the other, it can corrupt Windows’ Master Boot Record (MBR), blocking the booting process. Victims have to pay a… Read more »

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Ransomware, your worst nightmare

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If you think Ransomware is a nuisance now, brace yourself – it’s about to get a whole lot worse as malware becomes ever more sophisticated and insidious. Ransomware, of course, is a type of malware that holds a large collection of data hostage on a victim’s computer; including important documents,… Read more »

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