Ransomware

Malicious software that holds user data for ransom

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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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SamSam ransomware attacks have earned nearly $850,000

First emerging in late 2015, the group believed to be responsible for the SamSam ransomware family has targeted small and large businesses, healthcare, governments, and education. To date, the group has made nearly $850,000 USD

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Symantec: Diverse threats remain a consistent problem online

A report published this evening by Symantec outlines the rocky year consumers and business owners had online in 2017, covering everything from coin mining attacks, problems in the supply chain, ransomware, BEC attacks, and more.

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8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)

What trends do security pros have their eyes on? Their answers run the gamut from tools and technologies to threats, tactics, and training.

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5 biggest healthcare security threats for 2018

Healthcare continues to be a popular target for ransomware, cryptomining, data theft, phishing, and insider threats.

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What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

From virtual bank heists to semi-open attacks from nation-states, the last couple of years has been rough on IT security. Here are some of the major cyber attacks of 2017-2018 and what we can learn from them.

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5 tips to help you block ransomware

Learn about best practices to combat the threat of ransomware.

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