New ransomware called BadRabbit is directly targeting at least 200 organizations, primarily in Russia and Ukraine. The crypto-locking malware demands a ransom, payable in bitcoins, in exchange for a decryption key, and it appears to borrow code from NotPetya ransomware.
Spammers wielding Locky ransomware have a new trick up their sleeves: the ability to infect PCs via malicious Microsoft Word documents that use the Dynamic Data Exchange application-linking feature built into Windows to push ransomware onto victims' systems.
A small Missouri clinic admits paying a ransom to unlock data after a ransomware attack in August encrypted patient data on a file server, as well as backups. The incident spotlights the dilemmas healthcare organizations can face after a ransomware attack if they're not well-prepared.
A Belgian security researcher has discovered a "serious weakness" in the WPA2 security protocols used to encrypt many WiFi communications. Attackers can exploit the flaws to eavesdrop as well as potentially inject code such as malware or ransomware into WiFi-connected systems. Prepare for patches.
The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that hijacks data from businesses and holds it for ransom, is now threatening school districts. The apparent intent isn't to get ransoms from schools per se, but to create a fear campaign designed to scare big businesses into paying the group's ransoms.
An Arkansas-based surgery center was recently hit by ransomware that rendered some imaging files, including X-rays, inaccessible. The incident points to the need to carefully assess the risks to all the diverse systems in use at healthcare organizations.
Organizations are drowning in data, and they cannot even inventory it all - much less secure it. How, then, do they shift to focusing on their most sensitive data? Rob Douthitt of SolarWinds MSP offers new strategies.
All the key players of a company's management group, including the CISO, need to be involved in the decision about whether to invest in cyber insurance, says Greg Markell of Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions, a cyber insurer.
Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
In cryptocurrency we trust: The government of North Korea has been turning to bitcoin exchange heists and cryptocurrency mining - potentially using malware installed on other countries' systems - to evade sanctions and fund the regime, security experts say.
When it comes to ransomware defense, "backup, backup, backup" is the go-to strategy. But are organizations backing up the right data at the right time to enable the best ransomware recovery? Ali Mahmoud of SolarWinds MSP shares new insight on secure backup.
PrincessLocker ransomware is back, although it's less demanding than it used to be, with attackers decreasing the quantity of bitcoins they require to unlock forcibly encrypted files. Unusually, the ransomware is being spread by the RIG exploit kit.
A massive Locky ransomware campaign has been infecting devices via malware-laced spam messages as well as through fake Dropbox phishing pages. More than 23 million Locky spam email have been seen in just one 24-hour period.
Hospitals in Lanarkshire, Scotland, are continuing to recover following an outbreak involving a new variant of Bitpaymer ransomware. Security experts say the malware often gets spread via brute-force attacks against endpoints running remote desktop protocol software.