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Ransomware halts health organization’s ability to inform public on COVID-19

Officials at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District were dealt a blow in their ability to inform the public about the Coronavirus outbreak when it was attacked with ransomware knocking its website offline. The attack struck on March 10, according to published reports, taking down the website and the staff’s ability to access records. The website…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Netwalker ransomware actors go fileless to make attacks untraceable

Malicious actors have been spotted using an especially sneaky fileless malware technique — reflective dynamic-link library (DLL) injection — to infect victims with Netwalker ransomware in hopes of making the attacks untraceable while frustrating security analysts. In a company blog post on Monday, Trend Micro threat analyst Karen Victor writes that instead of compiling the…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Malware, Phishing, Ransomware, Security News

FBI warns of COVID-19 phishing scams promising stimulus checks, vaccines

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a public service announcement warning citizens to watch out for email-based fraud and malware schemes that take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the scams to look out for are emails purporting to contain helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and…
Ransomware, Security News

Ransom payments averaging $41,000 per incident

The average ransom payment paid out by victims increased 13 percent, to $41,000, during the last three months, but researchers noted the rate of increase has plateaued. Researchers at Coveware credited the victims with being better prepared to restore their data on their own negating the need to pay the ransom. However, that was not…
Features, Security News

The hottest topic: Ransomware

The attacks that transpired last year alone arguably made ransomware the hot topic of the year and most likely a leading contender for 2020, as well, but a new element that cropped up late last year – attackers adding a layer of blackmail to the threat of locking a target’s computer system – solidified its…
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