Ransomware Market Expands as Healthcare Industry Continues Feeling the Effects

A computer security company determined that the dark-web ransomware market has grown by 2,500 percent from 2016 to 2017. The company, Carbon Black, credits that expansion to the relative anonymity of Bitcoin and Tor as well as the lucrative return-on-investment...
October 25, 2017

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

Cracking Passwords: 11 Password Attack Methods (And How They Work)

At Datarecovery.com, we frequently recover lost passwords for everything from Word documents and RAR files to encrypted Linux volumes (LUKS encryption) and Bitcoin wallets. Our customers often ask about our methods; do we simply try every possible password, or is...
September 18, 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

Petya Ransomware Infection And Decryption Services

A Petya ransomware variant has swept through Europe in a fashion reminiscent of the WannaCry attacks of May 12, 2017. Like WannaCry, the Petya variant spreads using Eternal Blue and has affected the following businesses and organizations:Utility companies, banks,...
June 27, 2017

Hidden Tear Ransomware Infection and Decryption Services

Hidden Tear ransomware is an open-source malware program published by its developer for educational purposes. Though the author has since taken the source code offline, hackers around the world have already downloaded and redistributed it. Modified and improved variants of...
June 9, 2017

WannaCrypt Ransomware Infection and Decryption Services

WannaCrypt ransomware (also known as WannaCry and WanaCrpt0r 2.0) is the latest malware to make headlines by infecting over 250,000 computers in at least 150 countries around the world. Prominent victims include FedEx, Britain’s National Health System, Nissan, and telecom...
May 15, 2017

Merry X-Mas Ransomware Infection And Decryption Services

Merry X-Mas ransomware started infecting computers worldwide in early January, 2017. The fact that Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7 has led to speculation that the malware originated there. Regardless of its point of origin, the ransomware continues infecting computers...
February 3, 2017

Is Popcorn Time Ransomware a New Era for Malware?

If you’re looking for ransomware straight out of an episode of “Black Mirror,” meet Popcorn Time. Popcorn Time is a nasty new ransomware that combines Ponzi schemes, social activism, and blackmail. The malware is still in development, but if it...
December 14, 2016
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