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What is malware? Viruses, worms, trojans, and beyond

Malware is a blanket term for viruses, worms, trojans, and other harmful computer programs hackers use it to wreak destruction and gain access to sensitive information. Learn what malware does and how you can remove it—or prevent it.

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Samsam infected thousands of LabCorp systems via brute force RDP

LabCorp, one of the largest clinical labs in the U.S., said the Samsam ransomware attack that forced their systems offline was contained quickly and didn't result in a data breach. However, in the brief time between detection and...

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10 ways to prevent, detect and recover from ransomware and zeroday threats

As ransomware runs rife the threat of extortion and disruption looms large. Find out what practical steps you can take to prevent ransomware from gaining a foothold and to detect it when your defenses fail.

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Akamai: DDoS attacks on the rise, become more specialized

Akamai's new State of the Internet/Security: Web Attack report says DDoS attacks increased 16% since 2017. It also says China and Russia launch the most credential abuse attacks on the hospitality industry.

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What does a ransomware attack cost? Beware the hidden expenses

The ransom is only a tiny portion of the total cost of a ransomware attack. Consider these associated costs when estimating the total damage.

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Preventing ransomware attacks the right way

Ransomware attacks continue to be a major threat with no sign of slowing down. Here are some lessons organizations can learn from federal agencies to better prevent them.

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2018 – the year of the targeted attack?

There is a definite increase in sophisticated bad actor groups focusing on specific, high value targets.

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Atlanta's recovery highlights the costly mistake of being unprepared

The Samsam attack against the city of Atlanta in March was chaotic and crippling. The ransomware, named for the group responsible for development and deployment, left the city scrambling to deal with critical systems that were forced...

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Another night at the information security museum

Firms need to put fundamental information security processes in place to ensure they don’t become ransomware victims. It’s not that difficult, people.

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SamSam explained: Everything you need to know about this opportunistic group of threat actors

The group behind the SamSam family of ransomware is known for recent attacks on healthcare organizations, but that's not its only target.

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Customers describe the impact of the Allscripts ransomware attack

A ransomware attack against a SaaS provider hurts customers, but when it's a healthcare company that’s hit, patients suffer. Such was the case with January's attack against Allscripts, one of the largest electronic health record and...

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Ransomware, healthcare and incident response: Lessons from the Allscripts attack

The actors behind SamSam launched a devastating attack against Allscripts in January, 2018. As Allscripts worked its incident response plan, things started to unravel. Here are the lessons learned.

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Microsoft network engineer faces charges linked to Reveton ransomware

A Microsoft network engineer was charged with money laundering and conspiracy linked to Reveton ransomware.

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Allscripts: Ransomware, recovery, and frustrated customers

The actors behind SamSam launched an attack against Allscripts in January 2018, leaving the company’s customers without access to the services needed to run their medical practices — some for more than a week.

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11 ransomware trends for 2018

Ransomware creators are getting more sophisticated in how they infect systems, avoid detection, and foil decryption efforts.

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The hidden (and not so hidden) costs of a ransomware attack

Most businesses would prefer to bury the costs associated with their response to a data security event. That's not always an option.

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SamSam group deletes Atlanta's contact portal after the address goes public

An image shared with local media during the early stages of a SamSam ransomware infection in Atlanta exposed the contact portal assigned to the city by the group responsible for the attack. When questioned about their actions via the...

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Atlanta officials still 'working around the clock' to resolve ransomware attack

Federal officials, Microsoft and Cisco are working with the city of Atlanta to resolve the attack, but Atlanta's mayor won't say if the city paid the $51,000 ransom.

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