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Ransomware: To pay or not to pay

The crudely written ransom notes in movies 20-30 years ago may have been replaced by more modern, digital missives – like a texted photo a la Liam Neeson’s “Taken” – but the message remains the same: Pay up or else.   That is the quandary business owners, municipal governments, school administrators and even librarians are now…
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Cybersecurity: Poised for a giant leap forward

Cybersecurity has enjoyed good health but is an industry itching for innovation and transformation – and the next big thing, Teri Robinson reports. When Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder on the Apollo 11 lunar module, the Eagle, and toed the moon’s surface, as he so aptly stated, his small step simultaneously represented a giant…
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Are you prepared for a ransomware attack?

Literally countless life or death situations were at stake. A large medical provider recently was hit with a ransomware attack request for $3.5 million. “They had to pay,” explains Ondrej Krehel, CEO of New York-based LIFARS, which managed the response. The medical company’s critical servers for its 300 locations were breached, and recovery from the…
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Captives of industry

Ransomware is everywhere. It plagues businesses big and small, across the globe, even in the most hidden corners. Still, over the past year, certain industries have been feeling the pain more than others. A Malwarebytes quarterly report released last August found that detections of ransomware among organizations rose 365 percent from Q2 2018 to Q2…
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WannaCry and NotPetya: Who, what, when and WHY?

There isn't a cybersecurity professional in the world that is not sick and tired of hearing about WannaCry and NotPetya, and with good reason as the NSA's EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor tool were known to the cybersecurity community well before either attack was launched.
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Talkin’ about an EVOLUTION…

In cybersecurity terms, is there anything more Darwin-esque than ransomware? Small variations in targets, attacks, points of entry, payout and even attacker priorities have saved it from extinction and increased its ability to compete, survive and reproduce just as Charles Darwin contended organisms developed. Unfortunately, though, those attacks have evolved into a greater menace for…
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Alive and Kickin’

Do you remember where you were the day ransomware died? Me neither. Because, of course, it didn’t. But right about mid-2015, many of us were donning our finest, combing our hair and shining our shoes in preparation for the funeral of one of cybersecurity’s biggest menaces. And then 2016 blew in with a vengeance. And…
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