Atlanta’s ransomware attack: Police dashcam video archives lost forever

The city has spent $5 million to restore files, rebuild impacted systems, and harden its cyber-defenses. The ransomware attack that compromised much of the computer infrastructure of Atlanta’s municipal government in March 2018, has resulted in the loss of years’ worth of footage collected by dashboard-mounted cameras in the city’s police cars, according to WSB-TV channel. … More Atlanta’s ransomware attack: Police dashcam video archives lost forever

12 months on, what are the lessons learned from WannaCryptor?

Time does fly! It feels like only yesterday that a new strain of hitherto little-known malware achieved celebrity status among global ransomware campaigns. It’s already been a year, almost to the day, since the WannaCryptor ransomware cryptoworm – also known as WannaCry and detected by ESET as Win32/Filecoder.WannaCryptor.D – ran rampant. What made WannaCryptor’s impact so severe, … More 12 months on, what are the lessons learned from WannaCryptor?

Ransomware runs rampant in 2017, Verizon report finds

Social engineering attacks that involve pretexting nearly tripled on an annual basis while phishing simulations show that curiosity gets the better of 4% of people. Ransomware takes the cake as the most prevalent type of malicious software in Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The US-based telecommunications company analyzed input from 67 organizations and examined more … More Ransomware runs rampant in 2017, Verizon report finds

WannaCryptor said to reappear, hitting Boeing’s computers

The notorious ransomware prompted fears that aircraft production could be impacted WannaCryptor, also known as WannaCry, is said to have reared its ugly head again, striking a Boeing production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports. Unlike in May 2017, however, the new attack doesn’t appear to have inflicted any significant … More WannaCryptor said to reappear, hitting Boeing’s computers

City of Atlanta computers held hostage in ransomware attack

City officials confirm that Atlanta is dealing with a cyberattack that has locked down internal systems and is holding them hostage using ransomware The City of Atlanta’s computer network has fallen victim to a ransomware attack that has encrypted some of the city’s data, mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced at a press briefing on Thursday. While the … More City of Atlanta computers held hostage in ransomware attack

Trends 2018: The ransomware revolution

This is actually where I came in, nearly 30 years ago. The first malware outbreak for which I provided consultancy was Dr. Popp’s extraordinary AIDS Trojan, which rendered a victim’s data inaccessible until a ‘software lease renewal’ payment was made. And for a long time afterwards, there was not much else that could be called ransomware, unless … More Trends 2018: The ransomware revolution

Shipping giant refuses to pay hackers ransom after data stolen

Clarksons, the global shipping firm, has turned the tables on criminal hackers who attempted to extort a ransom payment after stealing confidential information from the company’s network. The business, which is thought to have suffered a breach at the hand of hackers earlier this month, has warned that the hackers may release some of the … More Shipping giant refuses to pay hackers ransom after data stolen