A sophisticated strain of ransomware called Tycoon has been selectively targeting education and software companies since December 2019, according to a joint report released by BlackBerry and KPMG. Due to its unique development, this crypto-locking malware can target both Windows and Linux systems.
The Maze ransomware gang is hosting and promoting data stolen by other ransomware operators on its "Maze News" website, according to IBM researchers, who are concerned this could be a sign of growing collaboration among cybercrime groups.
Two ransomware incidents recently reported to federal regulators as health data breaches illustrate that the surge in such attacks shows no signs of abating. Security advisers offer risk mitigation tips.
Ransomware-wielding attackers are typically breaking into victims' networks using remote desktop protocol access, phishing emails or malware that's sometimes used in drive-by attacks against browsers, experts warn, advising organizations to make sure they have the right defenses in place.
Ransomware-wielding criminals are growing increasingly ruthless, based on the size of their extortion demands, their increasing propensity to leak data in an attempt to force victims to pay and their greater focus on taking down big targets. These tactics, unfortunately, appear to be working.
Ransomware, wire transfer fraud, destructive attacks: In recent months, the financial sector has seen these and other online attacks surge by 238% as criminals continue to exploit the pandemic, warns Tom Kellermann of VMware Carbon Black, who shares findings from his firm's third "Modern Bank Heists" report.
The Maze ransomware gang has started releasing payment card data from an attack that happened earlier this year at Banco BCR, the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica. The cybercriminal gang is now threatening to release more of customers' financial data each week.
As ransomware gangs attempt to boost their illicit profits, the RagnarLocker ransomware gang has brought a new tactic to bear: installing a full virtual machine on victims' systems to hide their crypto-locking malware while it forcibly encrypts files, security firm Sophos warns.
A recent ransomware attack that targeted a law firm that serves celebrities may have been facilitated by a Pulse Secure VPN server that was not properly patched and mitigated against a well-known vulnerability, some security experts say.
The operators of the REvil ransomware strain are attempting to ratchet up pressure on a New York law firm to pay a $42 million ransom, threatening to release more data on the firm's roster of celebrity clients. So far, the REvil gang has released about 2 GB of legal information related to Lady Gaga.
More ransomware-wielding gangs are not just crypto-locking victims' systems, but also stealing and threatening to leak data unless they get their demanded bitcoin ransom payoff. A growing number of security experts believe the strategy is leading more victims to pay.
If an organization fails to stop a ransomware attack, how does it recover the data? Backups, of course, are essential. But Peter Marelas of Dell Technologies says organizations should have a well-developed strategy for backups because attackers are increasingly targeting those systems as well.
Magellan Health, a U.S. managed care company that focuses on specialty areas of healthcare, says it was hit by a ransomware attack that involved the exfiltration of data. Ransomware gangs are increasingly going beyond encrypting data, stealing information to put more pressure on victims to pay ransoms.
Australian shipping giant Toll Group has vowed to again not pay a ransom after suffering its second ransomware attack of the year. In the latest incident, however, the company warns that attackers also stole corporate data - and it may get leaked.