Articles about ransomware

Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

A Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital. Eveline Cismaru, 28, pled guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2018
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Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

Bristol Airport deliberately yanked its flight screens offline for two days over the weekend in response to a cyberattack. Techies took down computer-based flight information systems at the airport in provincial England between Friday morning and the wee hours of Sunday morning. The electronic screens were replaced by …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2018
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We can rebuild him, we have the technology: AI will help security teams smack pesky anomalies

Analysis With highly targeted cyber attacks the new normal, companies are finding the once-hidden Security Operations Centre (SOC) is the part of their setup they really count on. SOCs have existed in a variety of guises for decades, emerging in recent years as a natural consequence of centralising security monitoring across …
John E Dunn, 24 Aug 2018
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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

A former Microsoft network engineer will be spending a sojourn behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Raymond Odigie Uadiale was this week given an 18-month sentence and three years supervised release – after he agreed to a plea deal that saw him cop to a conspiracy charge in exchange for a …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2018
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Oh, fore putt's sake: Golf org PGA bunkered up by ransomware attack just days before tournament

The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) was hit by ransomware just before one of the sport's biggest pro events, which teed off on Thursday. Scrambled files on its infected computers include "creative materials" for this week's PGA Championship as well as next month's Ryder Cup, Golf Week reported. The software …
John Leyden, 9 Aug 2018
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BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

Black Hat While ransomware continues to extort factories, hospitals, schools, businesses, and ordinary netizens, BlackBerry reckons it can quickly rescue peeps from malware infections. The Canadian biz's days as the smartphone king long gone, with Apple making quick work of its hardware. And although it still licenses its name to a few …
Iain Thomson, 6 Aug 2018

Chip flinger TSMC warns 'WannaCry' outbreak will sting biz for $250m

Chipmaker TSMC has warned that a previously disclosed virus infection of its Taiwanese plant may cost it up to $250m. The malware struck on Friday, and affected a number of unpatched Windows 7 computer systems and fab tools over two days. "The degree of infection varied by fab," the firm said in an update on Sunday. "TSMC …
John Leyden, 6 Aug 2018
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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

A ransomware infection has cast the Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) back to the dark ages. The malware was activated in mid-July, infecting 60 of the borough's Windows 7 PCs. As the IT department tried to clean the infection and reset passwords using a script, the malware started "attacking back", spreading to …
John E Dunn, 3 Aug 2018
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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

A Kiwi high school has learned the “don't click on the link” lesson the hard way, with a ransomware attack locking down its student's course work. The Hāwera High School is being asked for US$5,000 to unlock the ransomed files. According to New Zealand's Taranaki Daily News, the attack didn't affect staff or student records, …
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Please forgive me, I can't stop robbing you: SamSam ransomware earns handlers $5.9m

The enterprise-focused SamSam ransomware has earned its handlers an estimated $5.9m (£4.5m) since it first appeared in the wild in December 2015. Security software firm Sophos worked with Neutrino to arrive at the estimate, which is based on tracking Bitcoin addresses supplied on ransom notes and sample files. Over the last …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2018
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Australians almost immune from ransomware, topping lists for data safety

Take a bow, Australians: we may have had 242 breaches sent to the information commissioner this quarter, but almost nobody fell victim to ransomware attacks. Of all the data breaches reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) between April and June this year, only two were ransomware attacks. …

Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

Two men who masterminded various Coinvault ransomware infections will carry out 240 hours of community service as punishment for screwing over 1,200 computers and banking around €10,000 (£9k, $12k) in profit. The sentence was handed down by a court in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where it was ruled brothers Melvin and Dennis …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2018
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Oh no, what a rough blow: Cosco at a lossco over ransomware tossco

International shipping giant Cosco says it is recovering from an apparent ransomware infection on its American computer network. The biz said late Wednesday that its freight shipping operations will not be impacted, but phone and email systems were down in the US, Canada, and in some of the corp's Panama, and Peru and other …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2018
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Mega medical tester pester: It smacked a big one, that malware scam, if indeed it was SamSam

Analysis One of the largest clinical testing specialists in the US, LabCorp Diagnostics, is coming out of recovery mode a week after being hit with ransomware – reportedly SamSam, the same malware that brought the US city of Atlanta to a standstill earlier this year. LabCorp has not confirmed that the malware was SamSam, but several …
John E Dunn, 24 Jul 2018
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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point. The top three most common malware variants seen in the first half of 2018 were all cryptominers: Coinhive (25 per …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2018
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Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does

Miscreants have developed the first strain of ransomware worm capable of infecting legacy systems, such as Windows XP and 2003. The infamous WannaCry outbreak, which severely affected the UK's NHS, showed just how much damage ransomware can do. ransomware 74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: …
John Leyden, 9 Jul 2018
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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

The Information Commissioner's Office has not so much rained fire and brimstone down the British and Foreign Bible Society as drizzled it with a £100,000 fine - after the personal data of 417,000 supporters was put at risk due to a cyber attack. As a result of a ransomware attack in 2016, intruders were able to exploit a …
Kat Hall, 8 Jun 2018
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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

Every industry has its collection of shocking stories, but Britain's cyber-insurance sector can always be relied on to top the lot. Take the unnamed British medium-sized enterprise that recently found itself staring at a ludicrous £1m ransom demand after attackers sneaked off with some very important data. This was a straight …
John E Dunn, 30 May 2018

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