The 4 Most Game-changing Ransomware Attacks

Every week, new strains of ransomware infect computers or are spotted by security researchers while still in development. Most of them are small-scale operations that attract little attention. Every once in a while, a new malware will make headlines based...
October 9, 2017

Locky Creators Tweak Variants To Evade Detection

Locky ransomware first appeared in February 2016 using a simple but ingenious social engineering method. The distributors sent thousands of emails around the world with an infected Microsoft Word document that appeared as gibberish when opened. The message, “Enable macro...
October 4, 2017

EV Ransomware Targets WordPress Sites

A new strain of ransomware targets websites created through WordPress. The malware encrypts a web server’s files making them inaccessible. Experts have named the malicious software “EV” because it appends files with “.ev” after encrypting them. The ransomware is...
September 12, 2017

Datarecovery.com Offers Free Services to Personal Computer Users Affected By Hurricanes

Datarecovery.com, a worldwide leader in data recovery technology, announced free services for all victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Personal computer users can receive any of Datarecovery.com’s standard hard drive, flash drive, and cellphone data recovery services free of...
September 7, 2017

IRS Warns of Ransomware Hidden in Scam Email

The IRS warned that a phishing email impersonating the agency is making the rounds. The email contains emblems of both the IRS and FBI but is from hackers, not the governmental agencies. “This is a new twist on an old...
September 1, 2017

Hidden Tear Ransomware Still Wreaking Havoc

A Turkish computer programmer had a simple idea—create functional ransomware with backdoors and offer it for free to educate programmers. If any hackers used the malware to encrypt someone’s files, victims could use the backdoors to restore their data. The...
August 30, 2017

Lloyds of London Releases Sobering Cyber Attack Risk Report

Lloyd’s of London, a renowned insurance marketplace, has released a 56-page report detailing possible outcomes of an extreme cyber attack. Lloyd’s sought to give guidance to insurance underwriters with “realistic and plausible scenarios” to accurately predict damages. Two Simulations Predict...
July 24, 2017

St. Louis Public Library Grinds to a Halt Due to Ransomware Attack

The potential threat of a ransomware attack became a reality for the St. Louis Public Library on Jan. 19. Hackers took down approximately 700 computers used by both staff and the public in the library system’s central location and 15...
January 20, 2017

Ransomware in 2017: What to Expect and What to do About It

Ransomware grew into a billion-dollar industry in 2016, and from all appearances, it’s just getting started. The malware’s demonstrated ability to bring in money with little upfront investment, along with the outsourcing of the technical work through Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), will...
January 20, 2017

Ransomware Developments in 2016: The Year in Review

If you had to use one word to describe ransomware in 2016, that word would have to be proliferation. The number of attacks increased, tactics varied, malware variants multiplied, and ransoms grew. Several high-profile targets were hit causing headaches for...
December 20, 2016
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