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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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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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