It's become so easy for anyone to pull-off a ransomware attack even an 11 year old could do it, Raj Samani, chief scientist for McAfee told delegates at a masterclass during SC Media UK Congress 2018 last week.
Security researchers have identified a ransomware variant that is available for free on the Dark Web and is even unregistered. The discovery comes at a time when the ransomware trade is running on handsome commissions.
Not knowing who or what is on your network is leaving organisations vulnerable to cyber-crime including ransomware. Although there are technical issues, training and personnel is a bigger problem.
The UK government publicly accused Russia of carrying out the June 2017 NotPetya ransomware attacks in June 2017 as part of a deliberate attack on the Ukraine state.
The Belgian Federal Police are making available for free the decryption keys for Cryakl ransomware and have become a partner with the No More Ransom Project.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper in the US deleted two databases hosted by a third party after a ransomware attack exposed the voter records of 19.5 million voters and 53,000 current and former subscribers to the newspaper.
DNS is inherently vulnerable. However, when correctly implemented with hardened appliances, securely managed, it can also be an organisation's best weapon in securing its networks.
Researchers investigating the newly discovered GandCrab ransomware have learned how its authors are marketing the malicious program as a ransomware-as-a-service package to potential buyers on the dark web.
96 percent of organisations were targeted by Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks in the second half of 2017, primarily because such attacks did not include malicious payloads or attachments.
The malicious actors behind Scarab ransomware have rolled out a new variant, one that uses a different distribution method and ransom threat in order to infect computers and ensure payment.
A ransomware threat called GandCrab emerged during the last week of January, which itself not that newsworthy. However, it's distribution method and ransom currency choice could be pointers to how 2018 ransomware will evolve.
Malicious actors kept busy late last year adding new weapons to their arsenal while placing others on the backburner as they attempted to profit from new honey pots like cryptocurrency mining and boosting the amount of old favourites.
Previously on Grey's Anatomy... Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital's network was taken over by a hacker who demanded millions in Bitcoin, in what was essentially a ransomware attack.
Most ransomware victims hit more than once, and don't have defences. Industry adopting AI that deploys deep learning neural network machine learning is predictive by looking for and identifying the techniques scammers use.
Generation Z are the least ransomware savvy generation while baby boomers were more likely to accurately define ransomware and were the savviest when it comes to not forwarding emails from unknown senders.
A relatively new ransomware that infected Scottish hospitals last summer appears to be created by the same developers who are responsible for the dreaded Dridex banking trojan.
Shipping giant and NotPetya victim Maersk was forced to replace tens of thousands of servers and computers in the aftermath of the 17 June ransomware attack, the company's charman said in Davos at the World Economic Forum.
While ransomware attacks on consumers and businesses slowed down towards the fag end of 2017, they were replaced by spyware campaigns which rose by over 800 percent year-on-year.
A new variant of SamSam ransomware was observed targeting multiple industries including government, healthcare and Industrial Control Systems in a series of attacks that don't appear to be highly targeted but more opportunistic.
A cyber-attack that left computer screens at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, USA, with a ransom message for bitcoin has caused the entire network at the hospital to go offline to stop damage to data of the patients.
With more devices able to connect directly to the web, the IOT s continuously expanding. However, cans of worms are waiting to be opened, including data loss, data manipulation and unauthorised access to devices.
Just days after the creators of the Cryptomix ransomware came out with a new variant, another was issued that again changed the extension on the encrypted files.
Cyber-crime players are not stupid, which is probably why they are dumping Bitcoin and going with the smart(er) money...
Non-malware-based cyber-attacks were behind the majority of cyber-incidents reported in 2017, despite proliferation of malware available to both the professional and amateur hacker.
The Necurs botnet continued to launch massive global ransomware attacks through the holidays with researchers stopping as many as 47 million emails per day.
Cyber-criminals have given CryptoMix ransomware a few minor twists, including adding a new extension name to the encrypted files.
Ransomware, phishing attacks and data loss are the three biggest issues that concern UK cyber-security executives.
A large email scam centered on a fake Xero invoice was detected by the firm Mailguard, the second such campaign using the popular cloud-based accounting software this month.
Companies have for years relied on the detection/response model - utilising technologies like anti-virus, sandboxes, and even EDR - to protect themselves but a change in emphasis from detection to prevention is predicted.
Happy New Year! SC Media UK resumes news reporting on 2 Jan 2018. During the break, catch up on our experts' predictions for a range of positive and negative futures, from the impacts of AI to likely new Zero days.