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How to protect yourself against ransomware

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Ransomware is increasingly the modus operandi of choice for cyber criminals, and organisations of all sizes are at risk – including individual users and their home computers. So how can you stay safe and prevent the dreaded denial of access to your most precious assets? Industry experts agree that a… Read more »

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Rueful ransomware developers

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Hackers behind the infamous TeslaCrypt ransomware are closing down their business, it seems. They have released a decryption key to those affected and even issued an apology. But is it genuine? A Slovakian computer researcher made contact with the group via the dark web, which is when the decryption tool… Read more »

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Ransomware gets more sophisticated

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A new and nasty variation on the ransomware theme has come to light in the US. Called MSIL/Samas, this ransomware does not just infect a sole computer, but seeks to extend its reach across entire networks. The FBI is seeking industry experts to help them combat this latest threat which… Read more »

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Mobile phones continue to be hit by ransomware

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A recent discussion on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme featured individuals who have had either their phones or computers locked, coupled with a demand for money to release the device from its disabled state. This is called ransomware – the clue is in the name. The amounts demanded as ransom… Read more »

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Easy-to-use ransomware packages now for sale on dark web

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Cyber thieves are turning entrepreneurs and are now selling ransomware packages on the dark web. Ransomware is a type of malware which, once installed on a machine, encrypts all the data making it unusable until a ransom is paid and the encryption is removed. One of the common packages for… Read more »

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Malware discovered in adult app

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American security firm Zscaler has discovered malware in an over-18 app called Adult Player which takes photographs of unsuspecting victims whilst they browse various images and then demands as much as $500 from users to destroy the photos and unlock the device. Victims were lured to the app with seductive… Read more »

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Cyber extortion going nowhere but up

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Obtaining money by threatening to reveal information is a not a new phenomenon. Take, for example, the extortion demand issued against the Duke of Wellington in 1824 which gave rise to the famous phrase “publish and be damned”. Today, extortion is alive and well in the cyber world whether by… Read more »

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New software fights back against ransomware

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Russian software security firm Kaspersky Lab has recently released a ransomware decryptor that helps individuals and businesses fight back if they have been hit by a CoinVault ransomware attack. Although encryption can be a powerful security tool, it is also used against people in these types of attacks, which encrypt… Read more »

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