Towards the end of July 2016, Kevin Townsend brought it to my attention that Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, had announced an initiative to address the ransomware problem. No More Ransom is intended to provide information and help victims recover their data without paying a ransom to the criminals. As well as being quoted … More Ransomware: To pay or not to pay?
The roll call of organisations hit by ransomware attacks is depressingly long – hospitals, government departments, school districts, banks, businesses small and large… even law enforcement agencies haven’t been able to avoid attacks from what is becoming one of the biggest threats of 2016. The ransomware attacks are particularly damaging, of course, because of their … More FBI: No, you shouldn’t pay ransomware extortionists
There is no doubt that criminals have found a mechanism in ransomware enabling them to obtain significant benefits with relatively little effort. And the information stored by computers is much more important than we think, although many users only realize this when they lose access. “Jigsaw is an example of the tests that the creators … More Jigsaw and how ransomware is becoming more aggressive with new capabilities
Ransomware is being increasingly relied upon in cyberattacks, according to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report. Over the last 12 months, there has been a 16% increase in ransomware attacks, the authors of paper stated. This was touched upon recently by ESET’s Ondrej Kubovič in a previous article. He said how this type of attack … More Cybercriminals ‘increasingly relying upon ransomware’
Ransomware is everywhere. At least that might be the impression left by a seemingly endless stream of news reports on recent cyberattacks. Well, there were several (good) reasons why criminals have made it all the way to the front page. First, the targets they’ve chosen for their malevolent activities. Such as hospitals on both coasts of … More Ransomware is everywhere, but even black hats make mistakes
A ransomware alert has been issued by the US and Canada to ensure that individuals and organizations are aware of the threat posed by this type of malicious software. The alert, from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC), comes on the back of what seems to be … More US and Canada issue ransomware alert
Noticeably, over the last two years, there has been a marked increase in ransomware attacks, which is, in its simplest form, a type of malware that is executed for the principal reason of extortion. The malicious software, once deployed, encrypts data, as well as devices. Access is only achievable if the victim pays a ransom … More Ransomware threat highlights why backing up data is essential