Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang

The arrest of a 25-year-old French man in Thailand apparently seals the fate of Rex Mundi, a hack-and-extort collective that operated since at least 2012. Europol has announced the arrests over the past year of eight French nationals who are suspected of being involved in a long-running hacking ring called Rex Mundi. The latest in a string … More Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang

Game of Thrones stars’ personal phone numbers leaked, as HBO hackers attempt to extort ransom

Congratulations, you’re famous. You’re paid a small fortune to prance around exotic occasions, saying other people’s words, accompanied by CGI dragons… and millions of people are glued to your antics every week on TV. Yes, you’re an actor on HBO’s hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” Of course, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to … More Game of Thrones stars’ personal phone numbers leaked, as HBO hackers attempt to extort ransom

Web-hosting firm agrees to pay over $1 million to ransomware extortionists

Nayana, a South Korean web hosting firm, was hit hard by a ransomware attack earlier this month which hit over 153 of its Linux servers, and impacting over 3,400 websites the company hosts for its business customers. Nayana’s systems are thought to have been hit by a Linux variant of the Erebus ransomware, designed to … More Web-hosting firm agrees to pay over $1 million to ransomware extortionists

Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

Imagine a situation where your Android mobile phone or tablet unexpectedly starts talking to you. A super cool new feature, right? Sure, but only until you realize that the female voice that has just “congratulated” you is actually delivering a message on behalf of lockscreen ransomware. And, if you speak Chinese, you’ve worked out that … More Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

Ransomware: First files … now complete devices

A major threats to computer security is malicious code. In fact, over the years, it has become one of the main causes of security incidents, from the first viruses in 1986 to the most sophisticated malware of today. And this particular type of malware, although it is not new, has become increasingly troublesome for both businesses … More Ransomware: First files … now complete devices

Beyond TeslaCrypt: Crysis, a new ransomware family lays claim to parts of its territory

It has been two weeks since ESET created a TeslaCrypt decryptor, which allows victims of the ransomware to get their files back. This came on the back of its developers ceasing operations. Since then, over 32,000 users around the globe have taken advantage of this opportunity and downloaded the tool. But even with TeslaCrypt abandoning its territory, … More Beyond TeslaCrypt: Crysis, a new ransomware family lays claim to parts of its territory