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Report reveals struggles of SMBs navigating cyber threat landscape


A recent survey of just over 1,000 small- and medium-sized businesses found that 58 percent of respondents experienced a data breach in the previous 12 months, according to a new SMB cybersecurity research report from Keeper Security and the Ponemon Institute. An even larger number, 67 percent, said they experienced at least one form of cyberattack,…

‘DarkGate’ miner, password-stealer could open up world of hurt for Windows users


Windows users in Europe have recently been the target of a sophisticated malware campaign that provides attackers with a diverse array of capabilities, including cryptomining, credential stealing, ransomware and remote-access takeovers. Named DarkGate by its developer, the malware is reportedly distributed via Torrent files disguised as popular entertainment offerings — including the Spanish basketball dramedy…

SamSam hit 67 targets in 2018 with a focus on the U.S.


SamSam ransomware has cut a relatively wide swath across the world with at least 67 different, 54 in the U.S., targets being struck in 2018, according to a Symantec report. Symantec researchers noted that despite such high-profile incidences such as Atlanta and the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Port of San Diego, the majority…

Gandcrab decrypt tools released


Bitdefender and ESET have each published a Gandcrab ransomware decryptor with particular attention paid to Syrians victims. Bitdefender said its tool can decrypt data encrypted by Gandcrab versions 1, 4 and 5 and for all versions for victims located in Syria. The tool can be downloaded here. Bitdefender stated it worked with Europol, Romanian Police…

West Haven, Indiana National Guard, Muscatine hit with ransomware attacks


Ransomware attacks have struck government entities across the nation this week with West Haven, Conn., the Indiana National Guard and Muscatine, Iowa being targeted. West Haven almost immediately succumbed to the cybercriminals threat and paying what city officials called a “one-time fee” of $2,000 after having 23 of its servers encrypted from an attack that…

North Carolina water utility ONWASA taken down by ransomware


The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) in Jacksonville, N.C. was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend that has all but shut down its computer operations. ONWASA, which is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Florence, reported that its system came under attack from what it believes to be the EMOTET trojan on…

Researchers: Backdoor malware connects NotPetya culprits to Industroyer attack against Ukraine’s grid


Researchers are pointing to a recently discovered malicious backdoor as a key piece of evidence that apparently links the actors who launched the 2017 NotPetya ransomware attacks with the malicious hackers who disrupted Ukraine’s power grid the year before. The finding potentially helps to confirm ongoing suspicions among cyber experts that these notorious cyber incidents…

Protecting entryways: San Diego Unified Port District and AccelOps

Port of San Diego investigating cyberattack


The Port of San Diego is probing a cyberattack similar to the costly SamSam attack that crippled systems and services in Atlanta earlier this year. “The Port of San Diego has experienced a serious cybersecurity incident that has disrupted the agency’s information technology systems,” according to a statement from the port’s CEO, Randa Coniglio. “The…

Scottish brewery ransomware attack leverages job opening


The Arran Brewery in Scotland was hit with a ransomware attack that saw a malicious actor using a job vacancy at the beer maker to slip in the malware. The brewery, located on the small island of Arran off the Scottish coast, had posted a job opening for a credit control and finance assistant, but…

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