Apple chip supplier blames WannaCryptor variant for plant shutdowns

The malware outbreak has even prompted concerns of delays in the shipments of the next wave of iPhones. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reverted to normal operations after a “mutation” of the WannaCryptor (aka WannaCry) malware forced the closure of several of its fabrications plants over the weekend, according to a BBC report. The company … More Apple chip supplier blames WannaCryptor variant for plant shutdowns

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

Rough patch, or how to shut the window of (unpatched) opportunity

Simply throwing more staff at the patching problem won’t cut it, a study suggests. To paraphrase English novelist Jane Austen, it is a fact universally acknowledged that organizations must act with alacrity when it comes to applying software patches to their systems. A number of recent notorious incidents – think the WannaCryptor malware outbreak or the breach … More Rough patch, or how to shut the window of (unpatched) opportunity

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

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

Cybersecurity review of 2017: The year of wake-up calls

Fresh from peering into our crystal ball and outlining some of the trends that we expect to dominate the cyber-landscape in the coming year, we will now offer a snapshot of 2017. In a way, this year may be seen as a ‘year of wake-up calls’. Alarm bells barely stopped ringing as we kept waking up to … More Cybersecurity review of 2017: The year of wake-up calls