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Ransomware – CTRL, ALT, DELETE

April 11th, 2017 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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It’s the future. Not the distant one: just a few years away from now, really. The drive home doesn’t feel so arduous, in place helped by changing the settings to fully automated and putting a film on through the cars in-built WIFI. Fast and Furious 12. Not great and featured a tired looking Vin Diesel, […]

It’s not a question of if you will be attacked, but when!

November 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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Penetration testing or ‘pen testing’ is the most effective way of demonstrating that exploitable vulnerabilities within your company’s internet-facing resources have been identified, allowing suitable patches to be applied. The aim is to identify browser exploits, unpatched software, unsecure coding practices and weak encryption algorithms. A penetration test must be conducted by a certified ethical […]

UK’s NHS Hospital Postpones Transplants Due To Ransomware Attack

November 3rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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All scheduled operations and organ transplants at the National Health Service’s Lincolnshire and Goods trust were canceled due to a malware attack. While the transplants have been diverted to other facilities, this cyber incident took many people by surprise. The event is labeled as “major,” and comes amid a major reform of the UK’s cyber […]

How to Keep Ransomware From Wreaking Havoc in Your Organisation

November 2nd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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When it comes to ransomware, making sure that companies have a prevention, continuity, and backup and recovery plan in place is paramount. Read more: http://www.eweek.com/security/slideshows/how-to-keep-ransomware-from-wreaking-havoc-in-your-organization.html

Ransomware, Mobile Botnets and EK Trends Swell in 2016

November 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Conficker remains the world’s most common malware, accounting for 17.4% of infections—but ransomware, mobile botnets and more gained big ground in the first part of 2016. Read more: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/ransomware-mobile-botnets-and-ek/

Ransomware Is Booming and Companies Are Paying Up

October 28th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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For companies concerned about the soaring number of ransomware attacks–in which hackers take control of data or systems and demand payment to release them–the good news is such ransoms are typically small, often in the hundreds of dollars. Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2016/10/27/ransomware-is-booming-and-companies-are-paying-up/

Ransomware: The Next Big Automotive Cybersecurity Threat?

October 27th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Dozens of researchers have now shown that it’s possible to hack in to a car and commandeer its controls. But in the real world, such dire automotive cyberattacks have yet to materialise. Read more: http://blog.caranddriver.com/ransomware-the-next-big-automotive-cybersecurity-threat/

Ransomware by the Numbers

October 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Everyone in the security industry is talking about. Everyone who has been a victim of it is talking about it. Law enforcement is talking about it. You guessed it – ransomware. Three years strong of profitable attacks and still very much alive and well. Just when you think it’s a topic getting long in the […]

7 Scary Ransomware Families

October 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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As the season of evil witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls approaches, it’s time to be on guard. But security managers face scary prospects year-round, especially as new strains of ransomware escalate. And ransomware variants are getting more pervasive – and creepier – than ever. Read more: http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/7-scary-ransomware-families–/d/d-id/1327259

New Free Tool Stops Petya Ransomware & Rootkits

October 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Although Check Point reported today that ransomware operators have reached a new benchmark in their malicious spree, security researchers at Cisco Talos Labs have unveiled a new way to fight back. Read more: http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/new-free-tool-stops-petya-ransomware-and-rootkits/d/d-id/1327241?

Ransomware Reaches the Malware Top 3 for the First Time

October 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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While everybody knows how dangerous and devastating a ransomware infection can be, the number of affected victims was regularly low, and never large enough to warrant a spot on the top 10, let alone top 3 most dangerous malware families around. Read more: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ransomware-reaches-the-malware-top-3-for-the-first-time-509552.shtml#ixzz4NzvcgEXN

Tech Tent – ransomware, election bots and AI

October 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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We’ll discuss the biggest cybersecurity threat of the moment, the use of bots in the fight to get the upper hand on social media during the US elections and the ongoing debate about the risks of artificial intelligence. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37728786

This ransomware is now one of the three most common malware threats

October 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The threat of ransomware attacks continues to grow. One particular strain of the cryptographic file-locking malicious software has now risen to become one of the top three most prevalent forms of malware used by hackers and cybercriminals. Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-ransomware-is-now-one-of-the-three-most-common-malware-threats/

Is your IT department prepared for a ransomware attack?

October 20th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and started with tantalising reports that Internet giant Yahoo was secretly searching customer e-mails on behalf of American spy agencies. But in recent press releases from the FBI, Ontario Provincial Police and Interpol, it is the soaring frequency and sophistication of ransomware that is highlighted. Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/is-your-companys-it-prepared-for-a-ransomware-attack/article32443950/

Workers in London’s financial centre are being bombarded with ransomware

October 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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People who work in the City of London, the UK capital’s financial centre, are being targeted by a specific kind of computer attack that holds digital files to ransom. Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/malwarebytes-ransomware-study-city-of-london-2016-10?r=US&IR=T

EvilTwin’s Exotic Ransomware targets Executable Files

October 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The Exotic Ransomware is a new infection released by a malware developer going by the alias of EvilTwin or Exotic Squad. Discovered on October 12th by MalwareHunterTeam, the Exotic Ransomware will encrypt all files, including executables, in targeted folders on a victim’s computer. Read more: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/eviltwins-exotic-ransomware-targets-executable-files/

Python ransomware encrypts files with unique keys one at a time

October 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A new kind of ransomware written in Python has upped the encryption game by using a unique key for every file it encrypts on a victim’s machine, researchers have warned. Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/python-ransomware-encrypts-files-with-unique-keys-one-at-a-time/

Ransomware Is Quickly Becoming a Significant Threat to Organisations

October 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Ransomware, once a small-scale problem affecting PC users, has emerged as one of the most dangerous cyber threats to organisations. The number of new types of ransomware attacks that have been discovered hit a record high in 2015 and global losses likely run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a report published […]

Ransomware Raises The Bar Again

October 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Ransomware just got even more real: it’s now the number one attack vector in the financial services sector, which traditionally has been considered a model industry for best security practices. Read more: http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/ransomware-raises-the-bar-again-/d/d-id/1327138

Is Your Company Ready for a Ransomware Attack?

October 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Earlier this year, administrators at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital suddenly discovered they had lost access to their computers. Doctors were locked out of their patients’ medical records, and they couldn’t access their own reports. Their system data had been encrypted by malicious software. While all this data was being held hostage, staffers had to direct sick people […]