How Siacoin Could Change Data Storage

The blockchain — the ledger technology powering every major cryptocurrency from Bitcoin to Ether — is unquestionably one of the most interesting innovations of the last decade. However, while Bitcoin revolutionized digital currency, many believe that the blockchain is destined...
April 24, 2018

Drive-By Cryptomining Is Surging and Evolving

As the cryptocurrency market boomed throughout 2017, cryptomining rose to prominence alongside it. This activity started as a legitimate form of earning extra income; individuals volunteer their computer’s processing power to solve intricate problems which verify digital transactions. For doing...
April 13, 2018

SamSam Ransomware Infection And Decryption Services

SamSam ransomware (also known as Samas, SamSamCrypt, and MSIL) is a quickly evolving type of malware that targets hospitals, municipalities, and other large organizations. After installing malicious software through compromised servers, the hackers encrypt network files, making them unusable, and...
April 11, 2018

City of Atlanta Hit by SamSam Ransomware

A ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta on Mar. 22 has left officials scrambling to provide services to residents. Many critical services, like public-safety and wastewater treatment, have been unaffected. Meanwhile, other systems have ground to a halt or...
April 1, 2018

Only Half of Ransomware Payments Resulted in Decrypted Files

A report from a leading research firm found a startling statistic for 2017: only half of ransomware victims who paid a ransom were able to successfully decrypt their files. These findings and others in the report offer even more incentive...
March 21, 2018

SamSam Ransomware Infects CDOT

SamSam ransomware has infected thousands of computers at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Over 2,000 employee computers were shut down to stop the spread of the malware after it was discovered on Feb. 21, and systems are still not back...
March 19, 2018

US and Britain Blame Russian Military for NotPetya

British and US officials publicly blamed Russia for the NotPetya ransomware attack that occurred on June 27, 2017. Ukrainian organizations, including the state power company and Kiev’s main airport, were among the first to report being affected, and approximately 80 ...
February 20, 2018

Samsung Introduces 30.72 Terabyte Solid-State Drive

Korean media giant Samsung has set a new record with their PM1643, a 30.72-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) designed for enterprise storage systems. The drive is the largest Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state drive in the world, per a press ...
February 20, 2018

Malware Report Sheds Light on Underreported Cybercrimes

A New York Times report revealed that law enforcement investigating cybercrimes can face many challenges including incomplete data, outdated statistical categories, and a lack of funding for cyber divisions. These problems hinder the solving of not just digital crimes, but...
February 7, 2018

Cybercriminals Ditch Bitcoin in Search of Better Cryptocurrency

Cybercriminals are embracing alternative cryptocurrencies due to a multitude of concerns over bitcoin. Bitcoin’s newfound popularity has led to booming and busting prices, higher transaction fees, and longer wait times to confirm transactions. Harder-to-trace and cheaper-to-use digital currencies such as...
January 25, 2018
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