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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 >>

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US Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create

As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA’s fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won’t know until later today. Read More >>

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Global Ransomware Attack ‘Accidentally’ Halted But It’s Probably Not Over

An anonymous 22-year-old security researcher who goes by MalwareTech has, at least temporarily, managed to find a kill switch for the ransomware that spread across the globe yesterday. He insists his discovery was entirely accidental but experts credit his quick action for mostly stopping the malware from spreading to the United States. Read More >>

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There’s a Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Globally Right Now [Updated]

A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible. Read More >>

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Report: CCTV System in Washington, DC Was Hacked Before Inauguration

City officials and the Secret Service have confirmed that just days before the presidential inauguration, police surveillance cameras in Washington, DC were targeted by hackers. Reportedly, 70 per cent of the CCTV storage devices were infected with ransomware. Read More >>

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ImageGate: Ransomware Spreading Via JPG Files on Social Networks

Who doesn’t love a good scary problem that has a “-gate” suffix? An Israeli security firm has dubbed a particularly nasty outbreak of ransomware “ImageGate” and that will help us all remember that, if you receive a random image on your favorite social network, you probably shouldn’t click it. Read More >>

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The BBC’s Been Tricked Into Serving Dodgy Ads

Naughty cybercriminals have reportedly managed to dupe the Beeb into serving dodgy ads across the pond. The attack, which affected BBC.com, as well as a bunch of other major sites, including MSN, the New York Times and Newsweek, is believed to have been aimed primarily at US-based web surfers. Read More >>