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South Korean public sector organisations targeted by Gwisin ransomware
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South Korean public sector organisations targeted by Gwisin ransomware

Threat actors tailored attacks on victims such as pharmaceutical companies, with researchers still in the dark on key details
8 Aug 2022
Decade-old malware strains top annual list of most pervasive business exploits
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Decade-old malware strains top annual list of most pervasive business exploits

Allied cyber security authorities say the most active strains of 2021 have been in operation for longer than five years, and are being constantly deve…
5 Aug 2022
European energy company and gas pipeline hacked by AlphV ransomware
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European energy company and gas pipeline hacked by AlphV ransomware

The ransomware gang responsible is also linked with the group that took down Colonial Pipeline a year ago
2 Aug 2022
Ransomware: Sometimes you need to pay to make it go away
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Ransomware: Sometimes you need to pay to make it go away

The symptoms of this distraught data victim sounded an awful lot like ransomware, and it turned out the easiest way out was the most unpalatable optio…
30 Jul 2022
IT Pro News In Review: Rise in ransomware attacks, UK & South Korea 5G & 6G, IBM data breach report
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IT Pro News In Review: Rise in ransomware attacks, UK & South Korea 5G & 6G, IBM data breach report

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
29 Jul 2022
Ransomware now strikes one in 40 organisations per week, Check Point finds
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Ransomware now strikes one in 40 organisations per week, Check Point finds

VARs, systems integrators, and distributors saw a 143% year-on-year increase in attacks during Q2
27 Jul 2022
IT Pro News In Review: Slack ups subscription fees, ransomware attacks rise, Microsoft expands CRM capabilities
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IT Pro News In Review: Slack ups subscription fees, ransomware attacks rise, Microsoft expands CRM capabilities

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
22 Jul 2022
Global ransomware activity surges again following a short decline in Q1
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Global ransomware activity surges again following a short decline in Q1

Researchers blamed the rise on a marked increase in activity from a select few prolific ransomware operations
18 Jul 2022
Bandai Namco finally confirms massive cyber attack
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Bandai Namco finally confirms massive cyber attack

AlphV/BlackCat claims "data is coming soon" to its deep web blog in a suspected double-extortion ransomware attack
14 Jul 2022
Cyber attackers strike flood monitoring system in Goa, India
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Cyber attackers strike flood monitoring system in Goa, India

Ransomware attack has prevented the ability to back up data, with attackers demanding Bitcoin in return for decryption
13 Jul 2022
NCSC and ICO chiefs plead with lawyers to stop making ransomware payments
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NCSC and ICO chiefs plead with lawyers to stop making ransomware payments

The two UK authorities say misconceptions around ICO fines are jeopardising the integrity of UK cyber security, in a direct appeal to the Law Society
8 Jul 2022
Why are ransomware gangs pivoting to Rust?
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Why are ransomware gangs pivoting to Rust?

The developer-favourite language is fast becoming a delight for ransomware criminals
7 Jul 2022
Maui ransomware actively targeting US healthcare organizations
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Maui ransomware actively targeting US healthcare organizations

North Korean state-sponsored attackers are said to have been targeting critical services since at least May 2021
7 Jul 2022
Microsoft identifies sophisticated Hive ransomware variant written in Rust
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Microsoft identifies sophisticated Hive ransomware variant written in Rust

The move away from Go and an encryption redesign makes the new strain even more of a threat to business targets
6 Jul 2022
Latest LockBit ransomware strain 'strikingly similar' to BlackMatter
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Latest LockBit ransomware strain 'strikingly similar' to BlackMatter

Experts have got their hands on the latest ransomware program from LockBit with "large portions of the code" ripped straight from the scariest strains…
4 Jul 2022
Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline
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Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline

Experts believe the cause of the days-long outage to be the result of ransomware, though the company has not yet confirmed the nature of the attack
30 Jun 2022
LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
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LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

Researchers have urged vigilance over compressed attachments sent under false pretenses
27 Jun 2022
Proofpoint details 'dangerous' ransomware flaw in SharePoint and OneDrive
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Proofpoint details 'dangerous' ransomware flaw in SharePoint and OneDrive

Functionality allows ransomware to encrypt files stored on SharePoint and OneDrive to make them potentially unrecoverable, vendor says
17 Jun 2022
Palermo ransomware attack: Vice Society claims responsibility as city details recovery strategy
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Palermo ransomware attack: Vice Society claims responsibility as city details recovery strategy

The Italian municipality is attempting to defy attackers by restoring its systems from backups
10 Jun 2022
IT Pro News In Review: UK 4 day week, ransomware payment rise, IBM cut ties with Russia
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IT Pro News In Review: UK 4 day week, ransomware payment rise, IBM cut ties with Russia

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
10 Jun 2022
Double extortion ransomware pushes average payments close to $1 million
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Double extortion ransomware pushes average payments close to $1 million

As the average payment approaches the landmark figure, experts reflect on times when the going rate was just $500
8 Jun 2022
Cyber criminals are spending longer inside business' networks after the initial breach
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Cyber criminals are spending longer inside business' networks after the initial breach

Cyber attackers' dwell time is up 36% thanks to initial access brokers and repeat exploitation of Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, according to Sop…
7 Jun 2022
WithSecure CTO: Industry needs to do a better job of targeting ransomware supply chains
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WithSecure CTO: Industry needs to do a better job of targeting ransomware supply chains

The centralisation of services and tools for hackers should represent a point of vulnerability for those fighting cyber crime
1 Jun 2022