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News An answer to ransomware?

An answer to ransomware?

In recent years we've seen increasing numbers of companies fall victim to ransomware that encrypts a compromised computer's files.

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Two new ransomware threats identified

Two new pieces of file encrypting ransomware have been identified, one by Symantec and the other by a security researcher at Rackspace.

News Lincolnshire county council resolves ransomware restlessness

Lincolnshire county council resolves ransomware restlessness

Lincolnshire county council is back up and running after having been infected with ransomware last week.

News Ransomware threat 'Locker' has sleeper component

Ransomware threat 'Locker' has sleeper component

KnowBe4 is alerting IT managers to be vigilant of a new ransomware threat that leverages a sleeper function.

News Ransomware mimicks APT campaigns for first time

Ransomware mimicks APT campaigns for first time

"Operation Kofer," as Cybereason refers to the group, targets European companies with a ransomware campaign that avoids detection through APT group techniques.

News New ransomware makes encrypted files appear quarantined

New ransomware makes encrypted files appear quarantined

The ransomware, detected by Trend Micro as CRYPVAULT, is being distributed as an attachment in spam emails and is targeting Russian speakers.

News 'TeslaCrypt' holds video game files hostage in ransomware first

'TeslaCrypt' holds video game files hostage in ransomware first

Bromium Labs detailed a new ransomware campaign that holds video game and iTunes files hostage.

Brief Unlucky numbers: Ransomware 7ev3n extorts victims for 13 bitcoins

Unlucky numbers: Ransomware 7ev3n extorts victims for 13 bitcoins

The newly discovered ransomware known as " 7ev3n" encrypts victims' files and demands 13 bitcoins for the key.

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In first, ransomware customizes language for Far East countries

Symantec wrote in a new blog post that the new ransomware Crypt0l0cker changes its default language depending on the victim's IP address.

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Ransomware holds New Jersey school district's network hostage

The Swedesboro-Woolwich School District's network was taken hostage by ransomware.

News Researchers observe SVG files being used to distribute ransomware

Researchers observe SVG files being used to distribute ransomware

When downloaded and executed, the SVG files cause websites to open up that download what appears to be CryptoWall ransomware.

News Android ransomware distributed to English speakers in spam campaign

Android ransomware distributed to English speakers in spam campaign

The ransomware locks up the screen with an FBI warning and initially requires a payment of $500 in order to unlock the device.

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Massachusetts police department pays $500 following ransomware infection

The town of Tewksbury paid a $500 Bitcoin ransom after the police department's network was infected with a newer variant of CryptoLocker ransomware.

Brief Android ransomware variant adds clickjacking to bag of tricks

Android ransomware variant adds clickjacking to bag of tricks

Sixty-seven percent of Android devices are prone to a newly discovered ransomware variant - the first to employ "clickjacking" as a way to fool users into giving away their administrator rights, Symantec warned today in its Security Response blog.

News Ransomware delivered via fake Chrome and Facebook emails, tied to PayPal phishing

Ransomware delivered via fake Chrome and Facebook emails, tied to PayPal phishing

Trend Micro researchers observed upgraded CTB-Locker ransomware being distributed via fake Google Chrome and Facebook emails.

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SC Congress Toronto: The worst of ransomware is yet to come

During a panel at SC Magazine's Toronto conference, a panel of IT security professionals discussed ransomware and its possible future iterations.

News Ransomware DMA Locker's encryption may be weak, but its flaws are dangerous

Ransomware DMA Locker's encryption may be weak, but its flaws are dangerous

An amateurish ransomware known as DMA Locker could crash while encrypting files, leaving users confused as to why their machines aren't operational.

News Locker ransomware author quickly apologizes, decrypts victims' files

Locker ransomware author quickly apologizes, decrypts victims' files

Symantec, which analyzed ransom payments made via Bitcoin, said that the author only made $169 from victims before closing up shop.

News Koler ransomware variant targets Android users in Canada

Koler ransomware variant targets Android users in Canada

The threat actors set up malicious adult websites to distribute the malware, and so far infection rates are estimated to be in the thousands.

News Simplocker Android ransomware variant identified, tougher to decrypt files

Simplocker Android ransomware variant identified, tougher to decrypt files

This latest variant of Simplocker generates a unique key for each device that it infects, making it more difficult to decrypt the files on each device.

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