The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
Far too many healthcare organizations and their business associates are still neglecting to address some data security basics, says privacy and security expert Rebecca Herold, who recommends they resolve to take three critical steps in the new year.
The ransomware-as-a-service operation known as Cerber is earning at least $200,000 per month via ransoms paid by victims, says Check Point Software Technologies' Gadi Naveh. In an audio interview, he explains that bitcoins and high levels of automation are key to the operation's success.
Because hackers are increasingly targeting healthcare organizations in search of valuable patient information, it's more important than ever to ensure that data remains inaccessible to intruders. In addition to using the very latest techniques to fight malware, hospitals, clinics and others need to use effective...
As cyberattacks on healthcare entities continue to surge, federal regulators are urging organizations to safeguard network-attached storage devices and other gear that supports or enables file transfer protocol services.
Ransomware attacks are surging because attackers have perfected their techniques while enterprises in all sectors have failed to address critical security shortcomings, says Raimund Genes, CTO at Trend Micro.
Have you been the target or victim of ransomware-wielding attackers? The FBI wants individuals and businesses to report ransomware attacks to help it better pursue, disrupt and potentially arrest suspects.
In their quest for easy ways to extort victims into giving them bitcoins, cybercriminals continue to double down on crypto-ransomware attacks and increasingly target enterprises, seeking proportionally higher paydays.
Obviously, ransomware attackers have no scruples. But the latest attacks go to even further extremes, channeling everything from Hitler to cats, as attackers hone their attempts to shake down Windows and Android users alike.
The new "No More Ransom" portal is designed to emphasize that police and security firms are doing whatever they can to disrupt ransomware gangs, as well as to help more victims get their data back for free, says Intel Security's Raj Samani.
The Petya ransomware gang says it released 3,500 crypto keys that it stole - along with source code - from rival Chimera ransomware developers. If the keys are legitimate, security firms say they can build decryption tools for Chimera victims.
The nation's HIPAA enforcement agency has dramatically ramped up its issuance of breach-related financial penalties. In the ninth enforcement action of 2016, it slapped University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine after a breach investigation revealed big security woes.
A new portal - NoMoreRansom.org - aims to help ransomware victims avoid having to pay ransoms to get their data back. Backed by Dutch and EU law enforcement agencies, plus security firms Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security, the site includes the first decryptor for Shade ransomware.
How low will ransomware go? New malware - dubbed Ranscam - demands bitcoins to unlock files, but in reality they've already been deleted, researchers warn. As always when it comes to defending against ransomware, preparation pays.