Category: Ransomware

HUGE ‘PETYA’ CYBER ATTACK SPREADING ACROSS THE WORLD IN POTENTIAL REPEAT OF ‘WANNACRY’ HACK

A huge cyber attack that initially hit Ukraine has spread across the world, causing major disruption. The hack was already the biggest in Ukraine’s history but it has now affected other countries – including the UK, Spain and India – and may be functioning like the massive “Wannacry” attack that crippled the NHS, according to cyber …

Companies use kidnap insurance to guard against ransomware attacks

Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world’s political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as “WannaCry”, insurers say. Cyber insurance can be expensive to buy and is not widely used outside the United States, with one insurer previously describing the cost as $100,000 …

Google isn’t fixing a serious Android security flaw for months

Google acknowledged that there’s a serious security flaw in Android that would allow attackers to target unsuspecting users with malicious software, but it’s only be fixed in the next major release of Android. Found by CheckPoint, the flaw takes advantage of the way Android works to expose users to certain types of malware attacks, including …

Microsoft slams government secrecy regarding big cyber attack

Officials across the globe scrambled over the weekend to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at car factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft on Sunday pinned blame on the U.S. government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities. Cyber security experts said the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry – “ransomware” …

Hackers are reportedly holding a Disney film for ransom

Even as many businesses are worried about hackers taking control of their computers as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, Disney may be facing a slightly different ransom situation of its own. Hackers claim to have obtained a copy of an upcoming Disney film and are threatening to release more and more snippets of …

Fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, which has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide

Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyber threats on Tuesday after the group that leaked U.S. hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry “ransomware” attack warned it would release more malicious code. The fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, which has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide since Friday, eased for second …

Following the Cyber Attack – Britain spends 50 million pounds on improving security of NHS’s computer systems

Britain is spending around 50 million pounds ($64 million) on improving the security of the National Health Service’s computer systems and had warned the NHS it faced cyber threats, defense minister Michael Fallon said on Sunday. In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Fallon said the British government under Prime Minister Theresa May …

Global Cyberattack Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Scale

Nearly 100 countries have been hit by the coordinated hack, with some of the world’s largest institutions still struggling to recover Friday’s global cyberattack on businesses, universities, and health systems has reached new size, with large institutions and security experts hurrying to address a breach that has now affected nearly 100 countries. The cyberattack was …

An Evolving Threat: Ransomware in 2017

Although it is at the forefront of any discussion about security today, ransomware has only been a major part of the malware scene since 2014. The threat is still evolving, and IT professionals are sure to encounter even more advanced ransomware in 2017. Tracking the Continued Rise of Ransomware in 2017 Ransomware generally revokes access …

ESET Research @ Mobile World Congress: The Rise of Android Ransomware

Ransomware is a growing problem for users of mobile devices. Lockscreen types and file-encrypting “crypto-ransomware”, both of which have been causing major financial and data losses for many years, have made their way to the Android platform. Like other types of Android malware – SMS trojans, for example – ransomware threats have been evolving over …