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Ransomware Profitability

Analyzing cryptocurrency data, a research group has estimated a lower-bound on 2020 ransomware revenue: $350 million, four times more than in 2019. Based on the company’s data, among last year’s top earners, there were groups…

Police Have Disrupted the Emotet Botnet

A coordinated effort has captured the command-and-control servers of the Emotet botnet: Emotet establishes a backdoor onto Windows computer systems via automated phishing emails that distribute Word documents compromised with malware. Subjects of emails and…

Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

A Dusseldorf woman died when a ransomware attack against a hospital forced her to be taken to a different hospital in another city. I think this is the first documented case of a cyberattack causing…

Ransomware Now Leaking Stolen Documents

Originally, ransomware didn't involve any data theft. Malware would encrypt the data on your computer, and demand a ransom for the encryption key. Now ransomware is increasingly involving both encryption and exfiltration. Brian Krebs wrote…

New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

EKANS is a new ransomware that targets industrial control systems: But EKANS also uses another trick to ratchet up the pain: It's designed to terminate 64 different software processes on victim computers, including many that…

Travelex says it won’t pay ransom to crooks…

While most of us spent New Year’s Eve celebrating, the IT department at Travelex was grappling with a ransomware virus that was spreading through its systems. Almost two weeks on, the currency exchange service is…

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5 ways to improve your information security in…

This blog has been updated to reflect industry developments. Originally published Mar 19, 2018. Protecting your organisation against cyber crime can sometimes feel like a never ending game of security whack-a-mole. Just as soon as…

Phishing attacks: 6 reasons why we keep taking…

This blog has been updated to reflect industry developments. Originally published Mar 27, 2017 Phishing attacks are a persistent threat to businesses. A staggering 90% of breaches involve phishing, according to Verizon’s Data Breach Digest.…