Ransomware News, Articles and Updates

Your money or your files: Why do ransomware victims pay up?

After the previous weeks' WannaCry attacks paralysed public utilities, governments and major companies, SC wants to know why people are still paying criminals to unlock their data.

Ransom isn't random: How small businesses can fend off targeted attacks

Itay Glick discusses why it is more efficient for hackers to target small businesses and how organisations can protect themselves and avoid becoming a victim.

Lazarus code used in WannaCry, but attack may not be state sponsored

Symantec bolstered the amount of evidence it has gathered that ties the code and tools used by the cyber-gang known as Lazarus to the WannaCry/WanaCrypt0r ransomware attacks.

Steering clear of the "WannaCry"/"Wanna Decryptor" ransomware attack

James Brodsky and Rich Barger look at the details of the WannaCry attack and what can be done to prevent similar ones in the future.

ICYMI: WannaCry - NHS hit; Round 2? who to blame?; predecessor; MalwareTech

In Case You Missed it: WannaCry global ransomware attack freezes NHS, Apportioning blame, Backgound and precedents, Saving the day

File carving can reverse WannaCry ransomware encryption, says McAfee

Security researchers at McAfee say they have developed an experimental method for recovering files encrypted by WannaCry ransomware.

Was the government and its agencies' response to WannaCry adequate?

It's hardly a surprise that opposition politicians criticised the government's response to WannaCry, but what's the CISO perspective? What do we think actually did work, what didn't, and what more can and should we be doing?

Ahoy: New Pirates of the Caribbean film looted, booty held to ransom

The latest installment of the blockbusting Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has apparently been stolen and is now being ransomed back to Disney.

The aftermath: how should we respond to the implications of WannaCry?

What are we to make of Friday's events? how will we respond? and how might such an event shape our world in the days and months ahead?

New WanaCrypt0r variants spotted, but 'poor', version one worst over

While patching and software upgrades were still underway in the wake of the WanaCryptOr attack, reports of variants began appearing

WannaCry in the NHS: who takes responsibility?

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware which took out over 60 NHS trusts, SC ponders on where the blame lays.

WannaCry Update - who is to blame and are we facing round two?

WannaCry - a truly global cyber-attack demonstrates how cyber-criminals can use state-tools for their own ends, leaving no one able to claim ignorance about the importance of patching.

Android flaw used by 74% of ransomware to be fixed in August

A flaw in Android reportedly used by most mobile ransomware is due to be fixed this summer when the new operating system, Android 0, is released

Hospitals turn patients away as NHS caught up in global ransomware attack

A combination of WannaCrypt0r and the EternalBlue exploit harvested from the NSA is forcing the closure of networks around the world including many NHS trusts in the UK.

ICYMI: £77m phish; Czech win; ATM theft; Netflix ransom; Bank squat

In Case You Missed It: Google & Facebook phished; Czechs win exercise; ATM theft; Netflix ransom snub; Bank domains spoofed

Russian Fatboy ransomware-as-a-service offers customer support over Jabber

Criminals are offering a new ransomware-as-a-service offering that uses a dynamic new targeting strategy that changes the cost of the ransom depending on the victim's location.

Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs redoubles fight against ransomware

A special unit has been established by Russia to investigate cyber-crime associated with ransomware and promote cooperation with the private sector to fight it.

Locky returns from the dead with new features and an old botnet

News of the death of Locky ransomware has been grossly exaggerated as researchers note its return to the streets, wrapped in a new package.

Asian Interpol operation finds nearly 270 compromised websites

Authorities from seven Southeast Asian nations recently collaborated on an operation that exposed regional threats including malware, ransomware, DDoS attacks, and spam campaigns.

Email scam hits Australian businesses

An elaborate email scam is unfolding in Australia that is infecting computers with malware. The emails appear to come from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

The ransomware hustle: 4 critical concerns to avoid getting caught out

Mike East discusses four critical reasons why organisations should be taking ransomware threats seriously.

Ransomware-as-a-service being sold for $175 on dark web

Researchers from threat intelligence company Recorded Future have said that it is now possible to start your own ransomware outfit for as little as the price of an iPod Nano and some headphones - US$175.

The King is dead, long live the King: Cerber wins in ransomware wars

A new report from Malwarebytes has established Cerber as the unambiguous king of the ransomware market in the first quarter of 2017

Turkish Crime Family hackers claim 'victory' in iCloud ransom threats

New questions emerge as the Turkish Crime Family show off a bitcoin wallet with what it claims is the fruit of a ransom campaign on Apple.

Ransomware always tips its hand, easing the challenge of stopping it

The distinct features of Ransomware - such as the ransom note - enable advanced security tools to detect and defeat ransomware before files are frozen and ransoms demanded says Dr Engin Kirda.

Kaspersky spots spike in targeted ransomware attack on large orgs

Kaspersky researchers have spotted a growth in targeted ransomware attacks on large companies.

Cerber for servers: Apache Struts2 campaign targets servers with ransomware

An Apache Struts2 campaign has made a number of pivots to eventually start delivering Cerber ransomware.

Ransomware attack hits lower house of the Dutch Parliament

The Tweede Kamer, was hit with a ransomware attack that managed to encrypt some files before being stopped.