US gov’t warns against paying off ransomware attackers

Companies facilitating ransomware payments run the risk of facing stern penalties for violating US regulations. The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in ransomware attacks targeting the computer systems of organizations in various industries, with an increasing number of victims opting to pay the ransom in an effort to resume operations as soon as possible. … More US gov’t warns against paying off ransomware attackers

WannaCryptor remains a global threat three years on

WannaCryptor is still alive and kicking, so much so that it sits atop the list of the most commonly detected ransomware families. On May 12th, 2017, WannaCryptor (also known as WannaCry and WCrypt) wrought havoc on computer systems across the globe to a degree never seen previously. The cryptoworm propagated through an exploit called EternalBlue that targeted a … More WannaCryptor remains a global threat three years on

The good, the bad and the plain ugly

A prolific ransomware gang vows to dial back its campaigns and spare healthcare organizations altogether during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s no cause for celebration. When ransomware attacks a healthcare establishment, it can have a devastating effect. This was witnessed in 2017, when WannaCryptor.D (aka WannaCry) hit multiple sites across the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, limiting their ability to … More The good, the bad and the plain ugly

Advances in ESET ransomware protection

There are a multitude of cybersecurity issues that enterprises must negotiate in the current digital landscape, including ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious code that blocks or encrypts the contents of a device and demands a ransom to restore access to the data. The devices in question include mobile phones and PCs but also extend to … More Advances in ESET ransomware protection

First BlueKeep attacks prompt fresh warnings

The infamous vulnerability has been exploited for a cryptocurrency mining campaign, but more damaging attacks may still be in store. Ever since it was discovered six months ago, the BlueKeep vulnerability has had (not only) the cybersecurity community concerned about impending WannaCryptor-style attacks. Earlier in November, Microsoft together with security researchers Kevin Beaumont and Marcus Hutchins shed light on … More First BlueKeep attacks prompt fresh warnings