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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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Dentist offices nationwide hit with REvil ransomware attacks

Dental practices across the country found themselves locked out of their patient files after a hacker group infected a pair of software providers with REvil, or Sodinokibi, ransomware. The two companies, The Digital Dental Record and PerCSoft, which created DDS safe to provide medical records retention and backup services to dental offices, ponied up the…
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No More Ransom saves ransomware victims $108 million

Europol marked the third anniversary of the No More Ransom initiative by rolling out a few statistics, the top being that the site has helped more than 200,000 people recover files after a ransomware attack. Since its launch in July 2016, the site has registered 3 million visitors from 188 countries, and ended up stopping…
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Study: Ransomware generates most interest among underground forum users

An analysis of 3.9 million online posts published on underground forums found that ransomware, crypters and trojans were the most frequently referenced categories of malware and malicious tools – an indication of their popularity among forum visitors and potential cybercriminals. Web shells, remote access trojans, adware, computer viruses, FUD (fully undetectable) crypters, exploit kits and rootkits – in that…
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Report suggests GandCrab’s developers may have created Sodinokibi ransomware

Evidence is reportedly mounting that the recently discovered ransomware program known as Sodinokibi was created by the same developers who introduced GandCrab ransomware. Last month, GandCrab’s developers publicly disclosed that they were retiring after raking in roughly $2 billion in extortion payments. But this announcement may have been misleading at best, according to security researcher…
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As GandCrab gang prepares to retire, decryptor for v5.2 of ransomware released

The purportedly final version of GandCrab ransomware can now be neutralized with a new decryption tool, made available to the public. This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.2. Version 5.2 is the last iteration created by the prolific ransomware’s developers before they announced on a dark web forum…
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GandCrab ransomware operators put in retirement papers

After operating for about 18 months, the RaaS gang operating under the name GandCrab has announced it has cashed out of the game and has retired. GandCrab’s operators posted a message on a dark web forum indicating the group had made more than $2 billion with its RaaS operation, had laundered the money and was…
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Great White North bombarded with malicious email campaigns, report

During the first four months of 2019 threat actors conducted thousands of malicious email campaigns, hundreds of which targeted Canadian organizations. Proofpoint researchers detected nearly 100 campaigns that specifically geo-targeted Canada or were customized for Canadian audiences in the first four months of 2019 mostly using the Emotet banking trojan, according to Proofpoint’s Beyond “North…
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New Sodinokibi ransomware delivered via Oracle WebLogic vulnerability

A remotely exploitable vulnerability in the Oracle WebLogic Server is currently the attack vector of choice for malicious actors to deliver a newly discovered ransomware called Sodinokibi. Sokinokibi encrypts data found in the user directory and leverages the Microsoft Windows vssadmin.exe utility to delete any “shadow copies” (created by default back-up mechanisms) in order to…
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Flaw in Confluence collaboration products exploited to deliver GandCrab, AESDDoS Botnet malware

Malicious actors have been serving up GandCrab ransomware and a variant of AESDDoS Botnet malware by exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in two “Confluence” team collaboration products from Australia-based Atlassian. GandCrab is a malicious encryption program that first emerged in early 2018, while the AESDDoS variant is a more versatile program capable of remote code…
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