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This week we bring you the podcast from our makeshift home studios (pillow forts). We discuss Dharma ransomware, the tour guide who turned out to be a Chinese spy, and why thousands of dark web sites suddenly vanished. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Mark Stockley, Greg Iddon, Peter Mackenzie and me. Listen...
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Microsoft has been forced to alert several dozen hospitals in a “first of its kind notification” that their gateway and VPN appliances are vulnerable to ransomware groups actively scanning for exposed endpoints. The tech giant claimed that attackers behind the REvil (Sodinokibi) variant, for one, are probing the internet for vulnerable systems, with VPNs in...
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More ransomware victims than ever before are complying with the demands of their cyber-attackers by handing over cash to retrieve encrypted files.  New research published March 31 by CyberEdge shows that both the number of ransomware attacks and the percentage of attacks that result in payment have increased every year since 2017. The CyberEdge 2020 Cyberthreat...
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This week, Duck advises on how to keep your company safe while working remotely, Peter discusses malwareless ransomware attacks, and Mark shares the latest in the EARN IT saga. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Paul Ducklin, Peter Mackenzie and Mark Stockley. Listen now! LISTEN NOW Click-and-drag on the soundwaves below to skip...
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Late last week, researchers at network intelligence company DomainTools warned about an Android malware sample that caught our attention. Like many other cyberthreats doing the rounds these days, the criminals have used the coronavirus pandemic as a lure, offering an intriguing if rather creepy app called COVID 19 TRACKER. Catchy icon of the malware app...
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Security researchers are warning of a new ransomware campaign using malicious IQY files to spread via phishing emails. IQY, or Internet Query files, are simple text files read by Excel that work to download data from the web. Researchers at Lastline observed them being weaponized in attacks designed to spread a new variant of Paradise...
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The North Carolina city of Durham has become the latest US municipality struck by ransomware after reports suggested the Ryuk variant forced key services offline. In an update on Sunday, the local authority claimed that both the City of Durham and Durham County Government are now in the “recovery process” after being hit by the...
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Six alleged drug criminals will go free thanks to a ransomware attack on a small Florida city, it was revealed this month. Stuart is a city in Florida with a population of around 16,500. It suffered an attack involving the Ryuk ransomware in April 2019 that took city servers offline. While reports said that city...
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Trend Micro blocked over 52 billion unique cyber-threats in 2019, 61 million of which were ransomware, according to its annual roundup report. The security firm revealed that email remained by far the most popular threat vector, accounting for 91% of all threats. It detected 15% more email threats than in 2018, including a 5% increase...
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A Massachusetts power station hit by ransomware is refusing to meet attackers’ financial demands. The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) was targeted on Friday by cyber-criminals hoping to extort money by encrypting data in the station’s computer system. Unfortunately for them, station bosses opted to hire an outside IT consultant to help them deal with...
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A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against New Jersey’s largest hospital health network over a ransomware attack that happened in December. Threat actors infected the computer systems of Hackensack Meridian Health, causing a system-wide shutdown on December 2. The attack disrupted services at 17 urgent care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes operated by the network.  News...
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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday said that an infection by an unidentified ransomware strain forced the shutdown of a natural-gas pipeline for two days. Fortunately, nothing blew up. The attacker never got control of the facility’s operations, the human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that read and control the facility’s operations were successfully yanked...
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Security experts have this week warned Italian and Swiss businesses to be on their guard as ongoing ransomware campaigns continue to target vulnerable systems. In Switzerland, the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (Melani) issued an alert for local firms, claiming that it has already been forced to deal with a dozen cases where...
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A US natural gas facility was forced to shut down operations for two days after becoming infected with commodity ransomware, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revealed. The unnamed “natural gas compression” plant was first targeted with a spear-phishing email, allowing the attacker to access its IT and then pivot to its OT network,...
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by Alice Violet This week we welcome back Peter who discusses RobbinHood – the ransomware that brings its own bug. Greg explains how a student’s Twitter account was handed over to their college and Duck talks SMS 2FA. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Peter Mackenzie, Paul Ducklin and Greg Iddon. Listen now!...
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There were nearly half a million ransomware infections reported globally last year, costing organizations at least $6.3bn in ransom demands alone, according to estimates from Emsisoft. The security vendor analyzed submissions to the ID Ransomware identification service during 2019 and found a total of 452,121 records. However, around half of these were related to a type...
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Ransomware is one of the most feared cybercrime problems of the modern era. The idea of malware that scrambles your files and demands money to get them back is not new – the first widespread attack happened back in 1989 – but the scale of the threat has changed dramatically in the last few years....
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Security researchers are warning of a new ransomware strain containing functionality to target industrial control systems (ICS) — evidence that cyber-criminals are gearing up for more attacks on such environments. Discovered in mid-December last year, EKANS joins just a handful of similar ICS-specific variants including Havex and CrashOverride, according to security vendor Dragos. It’s described...
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Cyber-criminals behind the Maze ransomware attacks have claimed several more scalps over the past few days, including five law firms and a French industrial giant, all of which are thought to have had sensitive internal data stolen. Brett Callow, a threat analyst with security vendor Emisoft, alerted Infosecurity to the developments over the weekend. The...
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A notorious Russian threat group famed for its devastating ransomware attacks has funded a hacking competition being run on a dark web forum.  Sodinokibi—the creators of the REvil ransomware—stumped up $15,000 in prize money for the illegal hacking contest, which requires competitors to write original articles containing proof-of-concept videos or original code.  Articles can be...
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