Ransomware started out with attackers encrypting individual users’ files, demanding a few hundred dollars, and giving the victim a key to unlock their files once they paid up. Very quickly, though, ransomware attacks transformed into a much more costly… Continue reading Ransomware: How bad is it going to get?
Names such as Conti, Ryuk, Babuk, and Darkside have permeated into public consciousness, linked to disruptions of critical services worldwide. And with good measure, since the cybercriminals behind these groups, as well as others, have been successful … Continue reading Ransomware: Relationship breakdowns have never been so satisfying
Sophos has released details of a new ransomware written in Python that attackers used to compromise and encrypt virtual machines hosted on an ESXi hypervisor. The report details a sniper-like operation that took less than three hours to progress from b… Continue reading Researchers discover ransomware that encrypts virtual machines hosted on an ESXi hypervisor
In June 2012, Deloitte conducted an online survey of 50 C-suite and other executives about cyber threat detection and response and found that almost 87% of the pollees expected the number of cyberattacks targeting their organizations to increase over t… Continue reading Ransomware attacks on the rise – How to counter them?
NETSCOUT announced findings from its report that underscore the dramatic impact cyberattacks continue to have on private and public organizations and governments worldwide. In the first half of 2021, cybercriminals launched approximately 5.4 million Di… Continue reading DDoS attacks increased 11% in 1H 2021, fueling a global security crisis
The Washington Post reports that the FBI had a decryption key for the REvil ransomware, but didn’t pass it along to victims because it would have disrupted an ongoing operation.
The key was obtained through access to the servers of the Russia-based criminal gang behind the July attack. Deploying it immediately could have helped the victims, including schools and hospitals, avoid what analysts estimate was millions of dollars in recovery costs.
But the FBI held on to the key, with the agreement of other agencies, in part because it was planning to carry out an operation to disrupt the hackers, a group known as REvil, and the bureau did not want to tip them off. Also, a government assessment found the harm was not as severe as initially feared…
The pandemic has had a major impact on almost every aspect of our society and left many organizations susceptible to increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks. In this interview with Help Net Security, David Taylor, managing director, Incident Resp… Continue reading Ransomware attacks: The power of adaptation
There has been a 33% increase in the number of DDoS attacks in H1 2021, according to a report published by Link11. Between January and June, there were record numbers of attacks compared to the same period last year. The report also found that between … Continue reading DDoS attacks increased 33% in H1 2021
Are you feeling generous? Do you want to help others? These cybercriminals are hoping someone is and does… Continue reading Kaseya ransomware attackers say: “Pay $70 million and we’ll set everyone free”
A New York City man admitted to accessing more than 300 Snapchat accounts to steal victims’ nude pictures as part of a cyberstalking case that ensnared at least 14 people. David Mondore, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to hacking-related charges for orchestrating a scheme in which he would solicit explicit photos from college students by impersonating their friends. The fraud, in which Mondore would dupe Snapchat users into providing their passwords, represents only the latest example of ways that scammers exploit otherwise innocuous social media relationships to harass, abuse and torment unwitting users. “This case should serve as a cautionary reminder that many individuals lurking on social media use those platforms to engage in decidedly anti-social behavior,” U.S. Attorney James Kennedy said in a statement. Unlike advanced cyber-espionage activity or digital extortion, cyberstalking is typically aimed at individual victims who have few obvious solutions. While instances of the problem are difficult […]
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