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Expect ransomware to increasingly target back-up files, panelist warns

Ransomware attacks could one day evolve to increasingly target back-up files, one of the few effective tools security professionals managers have to remediate an infection, according to a panelist at the RiskSec Toronto 2017 conference this week. “They’re probably going to trigger this so that you can’t do a restore from your backups without… the encryption…

WannaCry: One month later

With one month of hindsight, and a lot of research, under the industry’s belt, analysts are still in the process of building a complete picture of the WannaCry ransomware attack that took the world by storm, but some points are firmed up. Tom Levasseur, CGI’s vulnerability assessment and penetration specialist, gave the attendees at SC…

NSA’s failure to disclose led to WannaCry scourge

A good part of the blame for the WannaCry ransomware attack belongs to the National Security Agency, notes Bruce Schneier, in an article in Foreign Affairs. The noted security expert decried the NSA for its role in detecting the flaw years ago, but choosing to “exploit it rather than disclose it.” The government’s proclivity to…

Analysis suggests WannaCry ransom note is native Chinese-speaker

As if attribution efforts surrounding the May 2017 WanaCrypt0r/WannaCry ransomware attack weren’t already convoluted… A new report asserts with high confidence that the author of the WannaCry ransom note probably speaks fluent Chinese, adding a new layer of intrigue to an investigation that has already turned up malware code linked to an alleged North Korean…

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