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Spear-phishing attack hits high level execs with ransomware

Posted on 11/14 23:51 in Shows | 0

Their attack of choice encrypts all or some selection of a victim’s files, then charge the victim for the right to decrypt those files.Now, ransomware developers are turning to a much more sophisticated form of attack.

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Hospital pays ransomware, but doesn’t get files decrypted

Posted on 05/26 00:09 in Shows | 0

Rather than unlock the hospital’s files, they asked for more money.It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular internet user or the IT guy at a hospital, a ransomware infection has the same consequences.

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New Android ransomware targets smart TVs

Posted on 06/14 22:31 in Shows | 0

Now, a new version of the Frantic Locker (or FLocker) Android ransomware has started popping up that goes after more than your phone or tablet.The developer is constantly updating the package and adding support for new Android system changes.

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Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes

Posted on 09/22 22:30 in Shows | 0

For most ExtremeTech readers this should almost go without saying, but if you find a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox, don’t plug it in.There are more dangerous things a criminal element could drop in your mailbox, but a malware infected USB drive isn’t good.

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Ransomware shuts down San Fran transit, but the hacker just got hacked

Posted on 11/30 19:13 in Shows | 0

This week, the San Fransisco transit system experienced the latest in a growing trend of “ransomware” attacks against important pieces of infrastructure.There is some good news, though: as reported by Forbes, it seems that the hacker has had his or her own email address infiltrated in retaliation.

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New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends

Posted on 12/12 22:26 in Shows | 0

These pieces of malware encrypt your files and won’t unlock them unless you pay, but the new “Popcorn Time” ransomware offers an alternative: Just infect some friends and you get your files back free.There are various warnings about losing access to your files, and even a function that can delete your files completely if you enter the wrong decryption key four times.

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IBM Accidentally Shipped Malware to its Business Customers

Posted on 05/03 19:23 in Shows | 0

One thing consumers and enterprise customers do have in common, however, is that shipping them malware is a really bad idea.Last week, IBM announced that it had accidentally distributed malware to some of its Storwize customers via a USB drive.

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New Ransomware Attack Used Leaked NSA Exploits to Hit NHS

Posted on 05/12 22:02 in Shows | 0

Organizations across the world have been hit by another wave of ransomware, with targets mostly concentrated in Europe and Asia.Like other forms of ransomware, WanaCrypt0r begins encrypting files on a computer when it is installed.

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NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Windows XP

Posted on 05/15 15:56 in Shows | 0

Last week, we discussed the appearance of a new type of ransomware and the havoc it has wreaked across the internet.Infections have spread across the globe and included institutions in Spain, the UK, China, Russia, and the United States.

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Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware's Kill Switch

Posted on 05/15 22:13 in Shows | 0

The UK’s national Health Service (NHS) and Spanish telco Telefónica were among the most high-profile victims of the WannaCry malware, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.As bad as the infection was, it could have been much worse if not for a security writer and researcher stumbling upon its kill switch.

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SSDs Vulnerable to Deliberate, Low-Level Data Corruption Attacks

Posted on 05/22 22:02 in Shows | 0

But a new paper from Carnegie Mellon University, Seagate, and ETH Zurich has shown that the way data is programmed into MLC SSDs makes them vulnerable to data corruption attacks, meaningfully reducing the drive’s lifespan in the process.The first SSDs that were developed stored one bit of data per cell and are called single-level cells (SLCs).

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Hackers Use Subtitle Files to Take Over PCs

Posted on 05/24 23:08 in Shows | 0

It’s common to see subtitle files (usually a.There are more than two dozen subtitle file formats, so most media players capable of opening them are designed to process anything that claims to be a subtitle file.

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'NotPetya' Ransomware Locking Down Computers Across the World

Posted on 06/27 21:45 in Shows | 0

A new strain of ransomware is currently hitting computers across the world.Some ransomware tries to look like part of Windows, and others include fancy add-ons like a timer or links to resources about Bitcoin.

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NotPetya Ransomware Hackers Want 100 Bitcoins for Decryption Keys

Posted on 07/06 16:57 in Shows | 0

The story of last week’s NotPetya ransomware outbreak has taken an unexpected turn.For the low price of 100 Bitcoins, he or she will hand over the master decryption keys for the NotPetya malware.

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