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A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware
A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals’ mistakes to quietly help victims recover their data.
Los Angeles Schools Hit With Ransomware Attack
Officials are investigating a ransomware attack on the Los Angeles public school system over the weekend. The Los Angeles Unified School District said the attack was “likely criminal in nature.” The public school system, responsible for more than 500,000 students, is the second-largest in the country, after New York City’s school district.
Lapsus$ Extortion Gang Hit Microsoft, Targets Cryptocurrency
A digital extortion gang with a murky background and unconventional methods -- one researcher called them “laughably bad” at times -- has claimed responsibility for a string of compromises against some of the world’s largest technology companies.
The Lapsus$ Hacking Group Is Off to a Chaotic Start
Telegram polls. Unusual demands. The latest extortion gang is on an unorthodox rampage.
Blackbyte ransomware gang claims it hacked San Francisco 49ers
The NFL team said In a statement that it recently became aware of a "network security incident."
FBI warns BlackByte ransomware is targeting US critical infrastructure
The ransomware gang also encrypted the network of the San Francisco 49ers, days after an FBI warning.
Ransomware gang says it has hacked 49ers football team
The San Francisco 49ers have been hit by a ransomware attack, with cyber criminals claiming they stole some of the football team's financial data.
Maze, Egregor, and Sekhmet ransomware decryption keys published
For a time, Maze was considered one of the most notorious data-stealing ransomware groups.
Microsoft's Small Step to Disable Macros Is a Huge Win for Security
Word and Excel files you download from the internet just got a whole lot safer.
Global alert after ransomware attacks
Britain, the United States and Australia have issued a rare joint alert over a wave of ransomware attacks, warning that cyber gangs are becoming “increasingly professional”.
Senators aren't swayed by Apple's security arguments
The company says loosening its app store controls could help hackers.
German Fuel Hack Stretches to Sixth Day With Distribution Curbed
A cyberattack targeting fuel storages in Germany and parts of northern Europe stretched into a sixth day with little visibility over when things will get back to normal.
Germany Ransomware Attack Tied to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
The attacks come amid heightened tensions in the region as Russian troops are massed on the Ukrainian border
European oil facilities hit by cyber-attacks
Multiple oil transport and storage companies across Europe are dealing with cyber-attacks.
Ransomware Attack in Germany Tied to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
A Russia-linked cybercrime gang was allegedly responsible for ransomware attacks that took down a swath of Germany’s fuel-distribution system this week and hindered payments at some filling stations.
Weeks after a ransomware attack, some workers still worry about paychecks
The country’s largest distributor of Coca-Cola products was among many companies affected by a cyberattack on a payroll company. Its workers are dealing with the fallout.
Cyberattacks increasingly hobble pandemic-weary US schools
For teachers at a middle school in New Mexico's largest city, the first inkling of a widespread tech problem came during an early morning staff call. On the video, there were shout-outs for a new custodian for his hard work, and the typical announcements from administrators and the union rep.
Why the Belarus Railways Hack Marks a First for Ransomware
The politically motivated attack represents a new frontier for hacktivists—and won’t be the last of its kind.
Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them
Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments.
Biden’s cybersecurity policies praised despite persistence of ransomware
When Joe Biden took office, he already had a laundry list of cybersecurity issues to address.
Analysis | A cyber legend is leaving Congress
Rep. Jim Langevin has played a key role in nearly every cyber policy of the past two decades.
Ransomware: 2,300+ local governments, schools, healthcare providers impacted in 2021
An Emsisoft report found that more than 1,000 schools were disrupted by ransomware incidents in 2021.
Ukraine hacks add to worries of cyber conflict with Russia
Hackers have temporarily shut down dozens of Ukrainian government websites, causing no major damage but adding to simmering tensions while Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border.
Russia Takes Down REvil Hackers—as Ukraine Tensions Mount
Over a dozen alleged members of the notorious ransomware group have been arrested, but the Kremlin's critics are wary of the underlying motivation.
Russia FINALLY arrests leaders of REvil hacking group
Russia's FSB intelligence service said on Friday that it had targeted 14 members of the group with coordinated arrests at the request of authorities in the United States.
A coding bug helped researchers build a secret BlackMatter ransomware decryption tool
Researchers said the bug allowed them to prevent "tens of millions of dollars" in ransom payments.
In Ransomware Fight, FBI Balances Unlocking Victims’ Data and Chasing Attackers
Law-enforcement officials who get their hands on a key that can unlock ransomware victims’ computer systems walk a fine line between aiding the hacked companies and pursuing the criminals responsible.
Ransomware attacks can wreak havoc
There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your business from the UK’s number one cyber security threat.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. These are the industries most a risk
Experts from Cybersecurity Ventures estimate that one attack will take place every 11 seconds in 2021.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says hack breached about 400,000 patients’ information
The breach is limited to the Los Angeles affiliate, and spokesperson John Erickson said there is no indication that the information was “used for fraudulent purposes.”
Ransomware attack on Australian utility claimed by Russian-speaking criminals
One of the most prolific Russian-speaking ransomware gangs has claimed credit for a weekend attack on an Australian electric utility serving millions of people.
Ransomware attack threatens paychecks just before Christmas
A major payroll company has been crippled by ransomware hackers, leaving some companies around the country scrambling to cover employees’ last paychecks before Christmas.
Analysis | Maricopa officials punch back against Arizona's partisan election audit
County officials released a point-by-point refutation of a partisan audit imposed by GOP lawmakers
Ransomware attack affects the websites of 5,000 schools
A ransomware attack on software provider Finalsite has affected the websites of about 5,000 schools, most of them in the US, a Finalsite spokesperson told CNN Friday.
Oil closes in on $100 a barrel as European storage sites hit by cyber attacks
As oil prices head for their seventh weekly gain, West Texas Intermediate also hit a fresh seven-year high as it neared $91 a barrel.
Russia Detains REvil Ransomware Hackers at the Request of U.S.
The Biden administration praised the Kremlin for detaining members of a notorious ransomware gang at the request of the U.S. in a sweeping operation across Russia.
US seizes $6 million in ransom payments and expected to charge Ukrainian over major cyberattack
Law enforcement officials have seized an estimated $6 million in ransom payments, and the US Justice Department is expected to announce Monday that it has charged a suspect from Ukraine over a damaging July ransomware attack on an American company in a breakthrough for the Biden administration's pursuit of cybercriminals, CNN has learned.
Hated and hunted: The perilous life of the computer virus cracker making powerful enemies online
Emsisoft CTO, Fabian, is world-renowned for destroying ransomware - the viruses sent out by criminal gangs to extort money.
Ransomware attacks grow, Crippling cities and businesses
Hackers are locking people out of their networks and demanding big payments to get back in. New data shows just how common and damaging the attacks have become.
The 11 biggest ransomware attacks of 2020 (so far)
Municipal governments, universities and private businesses have spent more than $144 million responding to the biggest ransomware attacks of 2020 (so far), spending on everything from rebuilding networks and restoring backups to paying the hackers ransom.
Cyber criminals unleash a phony recovery tool on ransomware victims
A new tool released for one of the most widely-distributed strains of ransomware is not what it appears.
FBI warns K12 schools of ransomware attacks via RDP
The FBI has issued a security alert warning K12 schools of the "ransomware threat" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is what a workday looks like for Emsisoft CEO
Christian Mairoll is the CEO of Emsisoft — a company with no offices, where every single employee works remotely. This is what his workday looks like as he runs his entire 40-employee tech company from a farm in New Zealand
Ragnar locker teams up with Maze; Zorab ransomware imitates decryptor
Shortly after the Maze ransomware gang teased that another threat actor would be joining its newly formed cybercrime cartel, the group has appeared to welcome the Ragnar Locker group into the fold.
Pardon the Intrusion #4: Smart malware?
New statistics published by antivirus maker Emsisoft have revealed Indonesia, India, the US, Brazil, and Korea to be the most popular targets worldwide for ransomware attacks.
Nunavut government reformatting all Iqaluit computers after ransomware attack
Government won't pay ransom; 2,000 computers need to be updated in Iqaluit
The Midwest’s Mild-Mannered Cyber-Avenger
Michael Gillespie, a programmer who works at Nerds on Call in Normal, Illinois, creates and provides — for free — decryption keys for thousands of ransomware victims around the world.
Ransomware attack at Brooklyn Hospital Center results in permanent loss of some patient data
A ransomware attack hitting computer several systems at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City exposed patient data and caused permanent loss of some patients' information.
The Financial Impact of Cybersecurity Attacks and How to Avoid Them
So, how does a small business owner avoid the financial impact of cybersecurity attacks? Before a business opens its doors, a small business owner must invest in security.
An Illinois Superhero You’ve Never Heard Of
Michael Gillespie [Emsisoft Lead Security Researcher] is one of the world’s leading cybercrime fighters, and you’d never know it.
If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware
Emsisoft helps expose data recovery companies making dubious claims.
Secret free ransomware decryption tools that are saving victims millions
To the criminals, the decryption tools are a menace, a threat to their massive illegal profits; to the victims, they’re often the only means of retrieving their data without yielding to the bad guys.
Hospitals hit by ransomware attacks are seeing an increase in heart patients' death rates
The way hospitals respond to a cyberattack can result in a slower response to critical heart patients.
Five Recommended Ransomware Defenses For MSPs
MSP cybersecurity defense recommendations with Brian Krebs and Emsisoft CTO Fabian Wosar
Interview With Fabian Wosar – Emsisoft
Emsisoft CTO Fabian Wosar talks to SafetyDetective about all things security.
New ransomware asks its victims to subscribe to Pewdiepie
Hackers have spread malicious software that prompts its victims to subscribe to the PewDiePie Youtube channel to regain access to their data.
How did a teenager become the UK’s biggest cyber criminal?
Zain Qaiser made hundreds of thousands blackmailing porn users from his parents’ house. But for every Zain there’s a Fabian. Fabian Wosar destroys the kind of ransomware that Zain Qaiser used to extort money.
Bitcoin ransomware attacks up 365% – here’s why victims are paying up
Ransomware attacks have almost quadrupled this year and are now targeting cities, hospitals, and schools. For many victims, there is a good reason to pay up.
They stole your files, you don’t have to pay the ransom
The F.B.I. should follow the example of European law enforcement and help victims of ransomware decrypt their data.
Ransomware fighter on the run after costing hacker gangs millions
Emsisoft CTO forced to move countries to outrun his pursuers and he continually shifts from location to location in London to outrun an estimated 100 ransomware gangs trying to track him down.
Assange arrested; UK cyber-crime programme; CyptoPokemon decryptor
Free CryptoPokemon ransomware decryptor launched by Emsisoft; Jullian Assange has been arrested; Every Police Force in England and Wales now has a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit
Thousands of identities, personal information published in FBI-related hack
Emsisoft provides commentary regarding a breach that incudes the information of more than 23,000 people, including more than 1,000 attached to FBI and other law enforcement domains.
Group behind FBI-related hack breaches more sites, makes political demands
Emsisoft provides expert commentary regarding a hacking group that leaked the details of federal law enforcement agents.
Behind-the-screens of malware analysis: Interview with a ransomware expert
A look into the life of Emsisoft CTO, Fabian Wosar, and his fight against malware.
Another Hacked Florida City Pays a Ransom, This Time for $460,000
Florida is suffering from waves of ransomware attacks in its city governments, and the state has now paid at least a total $1 million worth of ransom.
The secret trick used by firms helping cyberhacking victims: pay the ransom
Emsisoft helps reveal an unexpected practice of some ransomware recovery firms: paying the ransom.
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