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Students are being targeted by persistent ransomware masquerading as Windows Updates

Microsoft It goes without saying that you shouldn’t download Windows updates from any source except Microsoft. But since it apparently doesn’t, let us reiterate: DON’T DOWNLOAD WINDOWS UPDATES FROM ANY SOURCE EXCEPT MICROSOFT. Recently Windows 10 updates from sketchy sources have been caught spreading the Magniber ransomware, causing unsuspecting users to be hit with Bitcoin…

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Ransomware recovery costs are far more expensive than actual ransoms

The cost of recovering from a ransomware attack far outweighs the ransoms now being demanded by cyber criminals, according to recent data By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 28 Apr 2022 16:30 Paid ransom is becoming an increasingly small element of the total cost of a ransomware attack to a victim organisation or body, with…

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Ransomware victims pay out when they don’t have to

Sophos’s annual State of Ransomware report shows dramatic increases in the impact of ransomware attacks, but also finds many organisations are paying ransoms when they don’t need to By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 27 Apr 2022 11:15 Just over a quarter of ransomware victims that paid off their attackers did so even though they…

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Ransomware payments hit a new all-time high last year

Home News Computing (Image credit: Shutterstock) As ransomware attacks hit more businesses than ever before in 2021, so too did the number of businesses that paid cybercriminals to unlock their data.According to a new report from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42, ransomware payments reached a new high last year driven by the fact that cybercriminals…

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Ransomware documents leaked show Conti supporting Putin from the shadows

Wired | Getty ImagesFor years, Russia’s cybercrime groups have acted with relative impunity. The Kremlin and local law enforcement have largely turned a blind eye to disruptive ransomware attacks as long as they didn’t target Russian companies. Despite direct pressure on Vladimir Putin to tackle ransomware groups, they’re still intimately tied to Russia’s interests. A…

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Feds exonerate ransomware suspects of 2 gangs in one week

COMING TO AMERICA — Man arriving from Ukraine accused of causing Kaseya supply chain attack. Dan Goodin – Mar 10, 2022 10:01 pm UTC Federal prosecutors extradited two suspected ransomware operators, including a man they said was responsible for an intrusion that infected as many as 1,500 organizations in a single stroke, making it one…

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Boardroom does not see ransomware as a priority

WavebreakMediaMicro – stock.adob Less than a quarter of company directors think ransomware is a top priority for their security teams, according to Egress By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 03 Mar 2022 14:46 Only 23% of company directors consider ransomware to be a top cyber security priority, even though a slim majority (59%) of organisations…

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BlackCat ransomware gang claims liability for Swissport attack

Satoshi Kina – stock.adobe.com Ransomware gang is trying to offload 1.6TB of data stolen from aviation services firm By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 16 Feb 2022 12:43 The BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware gang has posted samples from a cache of data that it claims to have exfiltrated from aviation services firm Swissport in a cyber attack…

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NCSC warns that ransomware is becoming more sophisticated and powerful,

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre teams up with US and Australian partners in a joint advisory warning organisations of the increasing sophistication exhibited by criminal ransomware gangs By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 09 Feb 2022 14:00 The past 12 months saw ransomware attacks hit new levels of sophistication, with cyber criminal gangs turning to…

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How to stop ransomware attacks from spreading

Join today’s leading executives online at the Data Summit on March 9th. Register here. This article was contributed by Harman Singh, director of Cyphere. Ransomware is currently one of the most common types of cyberattacks. It’s essential to be aware of the different variations of ransomware and how they can affect businesses, particularly small and…