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Average ransom payment up 33 percent in Q1, Sodinokibi and Ryuk top variants

The ever industrious and forward-looking groups behind the majority of ransomware attacks essentially reinvented the business during the first quarter of 2020 developing new tools and methods that helped boost their success rate. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic certainly helped these cybercriminals by giving them additional avenues to pursue but the new strategies would…
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Some cybercriminals consider laying off health care targets amid COVID-19 crisis

Certain members of the cybercriminal community, including a few malware developers and operators, have reportedly expressed a willingness to avoid attacking health care companies and other organizations that are key to battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, two cyber firms have pledged to offer free services to health care organizations hit by ransomware. BleepingComputer this week…
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Snatch ransomware encrypts files in Safe Mode to thwart security software

A cybercriminal organization has been attacking Windows users with a hybrid ransomware and data stealer program that encrypts machines while in Safe Mode in order to render endpoint protection programs moot. Dubbed Snatch, the malware “runs itself in an elevated permissions mode, sets registry keys that instructs Windows to run it following a Safe Mode…
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Pemex claims victory over cyberattack; $4.9 million ransom reportedly demanded

The claim made by the Mexican state-owned petroleum corporation Pemex that it had recovered from a Nov. 10 cyberattack was met with some skepticism, as published reports indicate the attack may be still affecting the company. Pemex stated it had suffered a cyberattack that impacted about five percent of its computer equipment, but managed to…
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