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REvil attackers who threatened celebrity law firm, Trump, strike food distributor

The REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware hackers that struck celebrity law firm Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks and threatened to release information on clients like Lady Gaga and Madonna as well as President Trump likely exploited an unpatched Citrix vulnerability, and have now turned their sights to a major food company, Sherwood Forest and Harvest Distributors. “…Sherwood has…
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Cybercrime, Data Breach, Ransomware, Security News

REvil hackers extort law firm with Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Elton John as clients

Cyberattackers have breached a high-profile entertainment and media law firm, infecting the practice with ransomware and stealing files that apparently pertain to its star clients, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. A cyber analyst who requested anonymity provided SC Media with content posted on the…
Ransomware, Security News

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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Ransomware, Security News

Shade ransomware gang gives up keys, apologizes to victims

The malicious actors behind Shade ransomware made an unusual announcement on GitHub, not only publishing all 750,000 decryptor keys for the malware but apologizing for their criminal actions. “We are the team which created a trojan-encryptor mostly known as Shade, Troldesh or Encoder.858. In fact, we stopped its distribution in the end of 2019.” the…
Ransomware, Security News

Travelex paid $2.3 million ransom, report

Travelex reportedly shelled out a $2.3 million ransom payment after being struck on New Year’s Eve with REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware. The company has not publicly stated it paid the ransom, but The Wall Street Journal reported that sources have indicated otherwise. In early January it was believed the attackers were seeking $3 million to release the…
Coronavirus

Microsoft defends health care orgs, Mozilla funds innovation to fight COVID-19

Some welcome good news on the COVID-19 front: Microsoft Corporation said it is stepping up its efforts to protect hospitals and other critical services from opportunistic cyberattacks, while Mozilla has founded a new fund to support open-source projects that help fight the pandemic. In a company blog post, Microsoft said that it identified dozens of…
Ransomware, Security News

Jupiter, Fla., fighting REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware and Coronavirus

The town of Jupiter, located in an area of Florida hard hit by Coronavirus, is continuing to recover from a late March ransomware attack. Town officials reported last week that its email, utility payment and planning submissions systems were all down. The attack took place on March 23 with town officials notifying residents two days…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

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…
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…
Malware, Security News

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.…
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