Articles about ransomware

WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

More than $140,000 (£105,000) in Bitcoin has been paid out by victims of the global WannaCrypt ransomware outbreak from May. The money was removed from the online wallets at 4am UTC on Thursday. The Bitcoin activity was noticed by a Twitter bot set up by Quartz journalist Keith Collins. It tweeted: Status of WannaCrypt …
Kat Hall, 3 Aug 2017
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Ransomware scum straighten ties, invest in good customer service

Ransomware scum are investing in customer service processes to get more people paying, according to McAfee's lead scientist and principal engineer Christiaan Beek. Speaking at the RSA Pacific and Japan conference in Singapore today, Beek said that ransomware victims share stories of their experiences handing over bitcoin. If …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2017

Strong and stable, my arse. UK wobbles when coping with ransomware

A third of businesses have suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months, according to a new survey sponsored by Malwarebytes. Globally, most organisations experienced some form of attack or breach during the past year, with 35 per cent suffering a ransomware attack specifically. Ransomware demands are relatively low, …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2017

But how does our ransomware make you feel?

Ransomware crooks have become skilled psychological manipulators in their attempts to fleece victims of file-encrypting malware. Analysis of the psychology behind ransomware "splash screens", the initial warning screens of ransomware attacks, commissioned by SentinelOne, reveals how social engineering tactics are used by cyber …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2017
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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses. More than 100 NHS trusts splashed £34m on new PCs in the first half of 2017 alone, according to an analysis of the data. However, despite splashing cash on new computers …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

Attackers are manually deploying ransomware directly into target networks to maximise the damage and potential payout. Unlike "spray-and-pray" attacks such as WannaCrypt, which hit victims at random, targeted attacks that manually execute the ransomware enable criminals to ensure they have locked mission-critical files that …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2017

WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

The NHS is to get a funding boost for cybersecurity measures, while the UK government has promised patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records. The commitments are part of its response to two reviews into patient data – one from the National Data Guardian for health and care, Fiona …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2017
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Ransomware-slinging support scammers hire local cash mule in Oz

Police in the Australian State of Queensland have arrested a man they say set up bank accounts to collect ransoms from victims of tech support scams, and funnel funds to scammers. Queensland Police say the 75-year-old man “ fraudulently set up three Australian companies, JC Enterprising, JC Web Creations and ITZ Services …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2017
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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

The huge cyber attack that swept from Ukraine last week is still affecting companies, and several have been hit pretty hard, including the world's largest advertising business, UK-based WPP. The malware attack, dubbed NotPetya because it masquerades as the Petya ransomware, affected several multinationals running Microsoft …
Kat Hall, 7 Jul 2017
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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

The owner of the Dettol brand and Durex condoms could be left millions out of pocket after falling victim to the NotPetya ransomware last week. The malware attack, which centred on Ukraine but also affected several multinationals worldwide, disrupted production and deliveries at UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, a consumer goods …
John Leyden, 6 Jul 2017
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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

UK Parliamentary spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office have launched an inquiry into the impact of the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack on the NHS. Although not aimed specifically at the NHS, the ransomware nonetheless spread across hospital networks, leaving medical staff unable to access patient data, forcing …
John Leyden, 5 Jul 2017
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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

All the Bitcoins paid by victims of the NotPetya ransomware attack were withdrawn overnight. Some paid the equivalent of $300 in Bitcoin even though there were no real means to recover their data. Just over 3.96 Bitcoins ($10,382) were drained from a wallet tied to NotPetya early on Wednesday morning, according to a Twitter …
John Leyden, 5 Jul 2017
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For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

Ransomware dominated the threat landscape last year even though file-encrypting nasties made up less than one in a hundred examples of different Windows malware during 2016. The mode of action and damage created by file-encrypting trojans makes them a much greater threat than implied by a consideration of the numbers, …
John Leyden, 4 Jul 2017

'Janus' resurfaces: I was behind the original Petya. I want to help with NotPetya

A Twitter user purporting to speak for the cybercrime group behind the original Petya ransomware has claimed they want to help "repair" the damage caused by this week's attack. The Twitter account Janus Cybercrime Solutions (@JanusSecretary), which went dark for a time after the original Petya outbreak, was reactivated on …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month in England, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes. The report, published today, comes following a similar, but more limited attack against UK-based …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017
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Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

FedEx has suspended trading of its shares on the New York stock exchange after admitting that its subsidiary TNT Express has been hit by "an information system virus." The big package giant said no information had been stolen by the cyber-nasty and only some offices of TNT Express appear to have been disrupted. After yesterday …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2017

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Analysis It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem. The malware, dubbed NotPetya because it masquerades as the Petya ransomware, exploded across the world on Tuesday, taking out …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2017

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries. Check out our full analysis of the software nasty, here. Early analysis of the attack points towards a variant of the known Petya ransomware, a strain of malware that encrypts the filesystem tables and …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017

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