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Report: The SamSam Ransomware Has Extorted £4.5 Million, and One Person Might Be Behind It

A recent review by British cybersecurity firm Sophos in partnership with cryptocurrency firm Neutrino has concluded that the crew—or possibly one extremely proficient black hat hacker—behind the SamSam ransomware attacks have rolled in at least $5.9 million (£4.5 million) in ransom payments, according to BleepingComputer. Read More >>

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Rise in Ransomware Attacks Actually Led to Fewer Exposed Records, IBM Discovers

It seems as if last year’s data breaches were characterised by increased regularity, yet somehow, according to the latest research from IBM Security, fewer records were actually exposed. Read More >>

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Boeing Says Suspected WannaCry Attack Only Hit ‘Small Number of Systems,’ Not Including Planes

A facility in the US state of South Carolina owned by aerospace and defence contracting giant Boeing was hit by a WannaCry attack on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported, but the company is now trying to tamp down fears that the dreaded ransomware is back on the rise after it was only barely snuffed out last year. Read More >>

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Major Survey of IT Pros Reveals Why Everything Gets Hacked All the Damn Time

More than 1,000 security employees in as many as 17 countries participated in the survey. Most said the biggest hurdle to mounting an adequate defence against cyber threats today is the lack of skilled personnel. (Poor security awareness and an inability to sift through enormous piles of data tied for second place.) Read More >>

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Britain Publicly Names North Korea as Source of WannaCry Attack

In a BBC radio interview on Friday, British Security Minister Ben Wallace attributed this year’s WannaCry outbreak to the government of North Korea. The ransomware attack crippled roughly a third of Britain’s National Health Care trusts, as well as nearly 300 local doctor’s offices, in May. Read More >>

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Ransomware Markets Are Exploding, Study Finds

The black-market economy fuelling ransomware distribution is booming, according to new research. Read More >>

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The UK is Much Worse Than Almost Every Other Country at Dealing With Ransomware

Malwarebytes says a staggering 33% of businesses have suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months. The good news, The Register tells us, is that most ransoms were £800 or less. A bargain to get access to your own files on your own computer. Read More >>

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New Video Shows Dramatic Raid of Software Firm Linked to NotPetya Attack

Video has emerged of a Ukrainian police raid Tuesday at M.E. Doc, the software firm whose servers have been linked to a series of devastating malware attacks around the world, including the NotPetya attack one week ago. Read More >>

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Servers Seized at Ukrainian Firm Where ‘Petya’ Attack Began, Charges Being Considered

On Monday, reports emerged that the head of the Ukrainian Cyber Police is seeking criminal charges against the Ukrainian tax software company that was the first victim of the crippling NotPetya malware attack. Now, it has come to light that the firm’s servers have been seized by authorities. Read More >>

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Crime Group Behind ‘Petya’ Ransomware Resurfaces to Distance Itself From This Week’s Global Cyberattacks

Janus Cybercrime Solutions, the author of Petya—the ransomware initially attributed with Tuesday’s global cyberattacks—resurfaced on Twitter late Wednesday, seemingly offering to help those whose files can no longer be recovered. Read More >>

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Ransomware Victims Are Unable to Decrypt Files After Email Provider Controversially Shuts Down Attackers’ Inbox

Another major cyberattack attack is quickly spreading across Europe and has now infected systems in the US as well. Researchers at Symantec and other leading security firms are confirming that ransomware is being spread via EternalBlue, an exploit leaked in April by the ShadowBrokers hacking group, which is said to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency. Read More >>

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South Korean Company Agrees to Pay Hackers $1 Million Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Its Files

A South Korean web hosting company will reportedly shell out about a million dollars (~£793,900) to resolve a ransomware crisis at its data centre, the highest such payout publicly known to date. Read More >>

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Protect Yourself Against Ransomware With a Solid Backup System

Data backups can save your skin from all kinds of IT mishaps like dropping your laptop in a lake or having a virus blast through your hard drive. You should be backing everything up! Thanks to the recent spree of ransomware attacks, it’s once again time to evaluate your backup system, so you’re prepared in the event that some malicious actor locks up your computer. Read More >>

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Security Firm Discovers Link Between WannaCry Ransomware and Southern China

We may never know who the perpetrators of the WannaCry ransomware attack really were. We do know that they utilised an exploit that was part of the NSA’s toolkit. We know that the exploit was leaked by a group called The Shadow Brokers. We know the US government is pointing to North Korea. And new research from security firm Flashpoint indicates that there’s a connection to Southern China. Read More >>

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Report: New Pirates of the Caribbean Being Held for Ransom by Internet Pirates

It’s been a dizzying few days for news about hackers demanding ransom. It’s hard to tell which events are connected. But according to multiple reports, hackers are threatening to leak a major film owned by Disney, and sources tell Deadline that the movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales. Read More >>