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Mac cyberattacks double in 2019: Malwarebytes

The Apple ecosystem has long been considered the safer environment compared to Windows when it comes to being targeted by cyberattacks, but that is no longer necessarily the case. Almost twice as many attacks were recorded against Mac endpoints in 2019 compared to those running Windows, Malwarebytes revealed in its 2020 State of Malware Report.…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Network Security, Ransomware, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Citrix fixes bug used in ransomware attacks; Auto maker GEDIA falls victim to exploit

Citrix over the last six days has been releasing firmware updates to fix CVE-2019-19781, a critical remote code execution vulnerability in its Citrix Application Delivery Controller, Citrix Gateway and SD-WAN WANOP products, which cybercriminals have actively exploited in an attempt to deliver ransomware, backdoors and coin miners. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software company has now…
Cybercrime, Finance, Ransomware, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Travelex recovering from ransomware, but more firms at risk of VPN exploit

Beleaguered foreign currency exchange company Travelex confirmed on Friday that the first of its U.K.-based customer-facing systems were back up and running after the New Year’s Eve discovery of Sodinokibi ransomware on its network prompted a shutdown of key systems. Meanwhile, a worrisome report revealed that dozens of major U.S. organizations and businesses have also failed…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Data leakage prevention (DLP), Ransomware, Security News

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

Following in the footsteps of Maze and Sodinokibi, it appears the makers another malicious encryption program plans to adopt the tactic of publishing data that’s been exfiltrated from targets. According to a BleepingComputer report, Nemty ransomware developers posted on a news feed in its affiliate panel that it intends to create a website where they…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Bahraini oil company reportedly attacked by new ‘Dustman’ disk wiper

Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers. Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian…
Locky Ransomware
Cybercrime, Finance, Ransomware, Security News

Sodinokibi ransomware ID’d as cause of Travelex business disruptions

The malware that has disrupted foreign exchange finance company Travelex’s ability to conduct digital transactions since New Year’s Eve has been identified as Sodinokibi ransomware. The malicious encryption software, which operates on a Ransomware-as-a-Service model, may have been delivered via unpatched, vulnerable Pulse Secure VPN servers and it is believed that the attackers are now…
Cybercrime, Health Care, Ransomware, Security News

Report: Dental practices feel the pain of ransomware attack on IT provider

More than 100 dentist offices have reportedly been affected by a recent Sodinokibi ransomware attack on a Colorado-based company that provides IT services to the oral-care practices. Security expert Brian Krebs reported this past weekend via his blog post that Englewood, Colo.-based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was attacked back on Nov. 25, apparently via a compromised remote…
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Ransomware, Security News

Data center provider CyrusOne hit with REvil ransomware: Report

One day after news broke that data center provider CyrusOne was reportedly hit with a combination ransomware/data breach involving the REvil (aka Sodinokibi) ransomware the company issued a statement confirming the incident. Initially, CyrusOne did not release any details, but ZDNet reported the attack took place on December 4. A screenshot of the ransom note…
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…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware attack on TrialWorks is one of 13 on MSPs and cloud-service providers in 2019

Law firms using case management software from TrialWorks found themselves unable to access their legal documents after the third-party service provider was hit with a ransomware attack earlier this month. The Coral Gables, Florida-based company, which serves roughly 2,500 clients, was attacked back on Oct. 13, but reports of the incident only began to surface…
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