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Whitehats usage DoS attack to score essential triumph versus ransomware scoundrels

Whitehats usage DoS attack to score essential triumph versus ransomware scoundrels

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Enlarge / A diagram showing how a DoS shut down an ongoing ransomware campaign. Whitehats used a novel denial-of-service hack to score a key victory against ransomware criminals. Unfortunately, the blackhats have struck back by updating their infrastructure, leaving the fight with no clear winner. Researchers at security firm Intezer performed the DoS technique against…
Florida LAN: Somebody clicks link, once again, offering Secret Biscayne ransomware

Florida LAN: Somebody clicks link, once again, offering Secret Biscayne ransomware

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Enlarge / Key Biscayne, Florida, is the third Florida local government to get hit by ransomware within a month. Alicia Vera/Bloomberg via Getty Images A third Florida local government has reported that it has been struck by ransomware. Key Biscayne joins Lake City as a victim of Ryuk, a form of ransomware first spotted in…
Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore

Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore

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Enlarge / The Credit Union National Association held a ransomware exercise for member institutions and then got hit itself. While CUNA quickly recovered, the assumption that ransomware attacks don't equal data breaches is changing what "recovery" actually means.Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Not every ransomware attack is an unmitigated disaster. But even the most prepared organizations, it…
Baltimore ransomware headache might recently more, with huge effects

Baltimore ransomware headache might recently more, with huge effects

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Enlarge / Days after Mayor "Jack" Young took over for disgraced Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, ransomware took down Baltimore City's networks. It may be weeks or months before things return to normal—and "normal" wasn't that great, either, based on the city's IT track record. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images It's been nearly two weeks since the City…
Cybersecurity authorities caution state and regional companies (once again) to ward off ransomware

Cybersecurity authorities caution state and regional companies (once again) to ward...

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Enlarge / Georgia State Police and Capitol Police had their laptops taken offline by ransomware in the latest of many attacks on state and local government agencies. Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety revealed that laptop computers in state police and Capitol police vehicles—as well as laptops used by Georgia's Motor Carrier Compliance Division…
Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads

Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA An ongoing attack has so far delivered a cocktail of malicious wares to more than 500,000 machines on the Internet by abusing Bitbucket, the source code management system operated by Atlassian, researchers reported on Wednesday. The attack, carried out by multiple holders of malicious Bitbucket accounts, distributes an array of malware that…
FBI alerts of significant ransomware attacks as lawbreakers go “big-game searching”

FBI alerts of significant ransomware attacks as lawbreakers go “big-game searching”

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Enlarge / Big-time criminals have come to play in the ransomware game, taking down "big game" for big bucks. The FBI has issued a public service announcement entitled "High Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Businesses and Organizations." While the announcement doesn't provide any details of specific attacks, the Bureau warns in the announcement: Ransomware attacks…
Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back...

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Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers. Toronto, Ontario-based LifeLabs Notified Canadian authorities of the attack on November 1. The company said a cyberattack struck computer systems that stored data for…
Attackers make use of an iTunes zeroday to set up ransomware

Attackers make use of an iTunes zeroday to set up ransomware

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Attackers exploited a zeroday vulnerability in Apple's iTunes and iCloud programs to infect Windows computers with ransomware without triggering antivirus protections, researchers from Morphisec reported on Thursday. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this week. The vulnerability resided in the Bonjour component that both iTunes and iCloud for Windows relies on, according to a blog post.…
Iranians arraigned in Atlanta local government ransomware attack

Iranians arraigned in Atlanta local government ransomware attack

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Enlarge / The message posted to social media by the city of Atlanta in the wake of an apparent ransomware attack. City of Atlanta The US Attorney's Office for the District of Northern Georgia announced today that a federal grand jury had returned indictments against two Iranian nationals charged with executing the March 2018 ransomware…

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