Ransomware

Suspected Ransomware Infections, Delays Houston County’s School

Alabama’s Houston County Schools are in a dilemma, as the start of its school year had to be delayed in order to buy more time in recovering from a malware attack. The school’s officials are tightlipped about what specific malware strain infected the schools’ networks. However, like what we have reported multiple times here, only

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Why Small Cities Are Attractive For Ransomware Authors?

It is becoming fairly common that small city or municipalities are the most profitable victims of cyber threats and cyber attacks using their ransomware campaigns. Here, we have featured at least two cities that were victims of ransomware infection, Riviera City (Florida) and Baltimore (Maryland). The city councils of both cities decided to pay the

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Ransomware: Less With Consumers, More In The Enterprise

The system admins’ favorite antivirus program Malwarebytes has released the State of Malware Report covering the first quarter of 2019, highlighting the state of malware globally. The highlight of the report is the visible decreasing frequency of global ransomware infections, from 12 million incidents recorded in the first quarter of 2018 to just 4 million

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Fundamental Things You Need To Know About Ransomware

This article is written for the purpose of empowering our readers with much deeper knowledge of ransomware, with the goal of lessening the chance that your Windows computer will be the next victim. Ransomware is a type of malware that ranks high on the Internet as cybercriminal’s favorite milking-cow. A computer infected with this virus

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Safe Computing Habits In The “Post Ransomware” Era

Ransomware is a type of computer virus was made infamous by WannaCry in 2017. Two years ago millions of victims paid ransom money to its creators just to desperately restore their encrypted files. The “business model” was very successful, WannaCry developers had estimated total revenue of $4 billion that year. Today in 2019, we saw

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Why Ransomware-as-a-Service GandCrab Is Shutting Down?

GandCrab “Ransomware-as-a-Service” shutting down after a year of operation. This black market service was able to produce $2 billion worth of ransom payments for their customers who purchased the service, infecting the target victims with a customer-customized GandCrab. The Ransomware-as-a-Service is a new profit-model, where the original ransomware author does not infect victims directly but

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Lake City Suffers ‘Triple Threat’ Ransomware Attack

The City of Lake City has confirmed that ransomware ‘Triple Threat’ attacked the functionality of some of its computer systems. According to its Facebook statement, the Florida municipality was attacked on 10 June 2019 by the Ransomware ‘Triple Threat’. It is believed that this malware combines three different attack vectors to attack the virus urban

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WannaCry In 2019? Yes, WannaCry Is Still Here

Two years ago in 2017, the world was caught off guard by a very destructive ransomware named WannaCry. With its infection success rate, estimates revealed that ransom payment for WannaCry went up to $4 billion that year. The NSA’s former top secret weaponized bug in SMB (Server Message Block) version 1 went to the wrong

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Norsk Hydro’s Damage Control Efforts After Ransomware Attack

Norsk Hydro, a metal, and renewable energy conglomerate company in Oslo Norway is trying to recover from the cost of the LockerGoga ransomware attack it absorbed last March 2019. As the company computes for its loses, LockerGoga continues to ask for ransom payment for the decryption key needed to restore the locked files to its

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Ransomware Attack: Windows Server Hosting Provider Still Down

Ransomware attacks can cripple a company’s operation, as we have seen in many ransomware articles we have written here since 2017’s WannaCry. However, when a hosting provider becomes a victim of it, all its customers are affected, especially in a case where the file encryption was so severe to a point the only way to

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