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Locky Ransomware
Ransomware, Security News

Conti ransomware encrypts files quicker, targets SMB network shares

As Ryuk wanes, a new family of ransomware dubbed Conti, which mimicks many of Ryuk’s commands but sports some unique features that differentiates it from others, is on the rise. “Conti uses a large number of independent threads to perform encryption, allowing up to 32 simultaneous encryption efforts, resulting in faster encryption compared to many other families,”…
InfoSec World 2020, Security News

Alsid’s Melber urges active directory protection to fend off new attack patterns

Enterprises that start concentrating on protecting the active directory will be doing themselves a huge favor, Derek Melber emphasized in his Tuesday afternoon InfoSec World 2020 session, “New Attack Patterns: Targeting the Keys to the Kingdom.” “The attackers are going directly after the core IAM (Identity and Access Management) for nearly 95 percent of the…
Cybercrime, Email Security, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Black Lives Matter phishing scam looks to spread TrickBot malware

Scammers often craft social engineering schemes around major crises and news events, as demonstrated by the wealth of coronavirus-themed phishing campaigns seen this year. Now, as massive U.S. and global protests continue following the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, a new phishing operation is attempting to…
Locky Ransomware
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Ransomware, Security News

Pitney Bowes hit with second ransomware attack

For the second time in a seven-month span, Pitney Bowes has been hit by a ransomware attack, but cyber experts and financial analysts cautioned against rashly judging the company’s security practices – or assuming fiscal doom – with some suggesting that lessons learned from the first attack may have limited the damage of the most…
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…
Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Sale of Dharma ransomware source code draws hackers’ scrutiny, but the price is right

An unidentified party has reportedly placed the source code for Dharma ransomware up for sale on at least two Russian hacker forums, adding a formidable new competitor to an already crowded underground market. And while cybercriminals have met the offer with some healthy skepticism, the bargain-basement selling price of $2,000 may be alluring enough for…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

TrickBot banking trojan introduces RDP brute forcing module

Malicious actors have created a new module for the TrickBot banking trojan that allows the malware to perform brute force attacks on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, specifically targeting U.S. and Hong Kong IP addresses. The module, called rdpScanDll, primarily focuses on the telecommunications, education, and financial services sectors, according to a new white paper from…
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…
Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Durham, N.C. bull rushed by ransomware; recovery underway

The city of Durham, North Carolina and the government of Durham County have experienced disruptions since a ransomware attack last Friday, but local government officials claim the damage was contained and recovery efforts are well underway. “Fortunately, the City was prepared with notification systems in place that worked as planned, providing immediate notice to City…
Ransomware, Security News

City of Cartersville paid $380k ransom to restore access to files

Almost one year after a ransomware attack struck the city of Cartersville, Ga., municipal officials revealed that they paid a ransom of $380,000 to regain access to their files. The news was made known after the local Daily Tribune News filed a Freedom of Information Act request, which disclosed the payment to mitigate the May…
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