SamSam: The new ransomware that has raised ransom demands of almost $6 million

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has uncovered a new ransomware which it claims has raised vastly more ransom demands of almost of $6 million. Known as SamSam, Sophos says the ransomware is used in targeted attacks by a skilled team or individual, who breaks into a victim’s network, surveils it and then runs the […]

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Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report: Organisations now investing in Machine Learning and AI to defend against threats

Security leaders are increasingly relying on tools that use AI and machine learning to defend against cybersecurity threats. This is according to the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR) released last week. The report came a time when malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used […]

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Porn on the move: In 2017, over 25% of users hit by mobile malware faced porn-themed attacks

In 2017, 25.4% of mobile users who encountered malware – over 1.2 million people – were attacked by malicious programs that used adult content to lure them into installing malware on their devices. This is according to new findings by Kaspersky Lab in its ‘Cyberthreats facing users of adult websites and apps’ overview. Sex sells, […]

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Infographic: Security Mindsets to Adopt Today

Threats to business security are a never-ending story. From basic data breaches to ransomware, hackers are always finding new ways to infiltrate businesses. To keep threats at bay, network security never stops evolving – but has your approach to it? If you’re still approaching it the way you were 5 years, 1 year, or even […]

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“No Platform Immune from Ransomware”, SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast report reveals

Sophos today announced its SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast report. The report recaps ransomware and other cybersecurity trends based on data collected from Sophos customer computers worldwide during April 1 to Oct. 3, 2017. One key finding shows that while ransomware predominately attacked Windows systems in the last six months, Android, Linux and MacOS platforms were […]

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“Beware of BadRabbit” Sophos warns against new ransomware strain

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has warned against a new ransomware strain known as BadRabbit targeting consumers and businesses. BadRabbit is among the strains of ransomware that users especially in Russia and Ukraine, have experienced for the past few months. BadRabbit appears to be automatically downloaded when users visit legitimate websites, but as it doesn’t use any exploits as […]

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3 differences between Petya and WannaCry Ransomware

How the cyberattacks differ and what it means for ransomware security The world has recently come under attack from not one but two separate globe-trotting ransomware viruses infecting hundreds of thousands of systems and affecting millions of people. Ransomware security has never been more of a hot button issue as the two viruses were able […]

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Sophos warns internet users against Petya Ransomware outbreak

Many any organizations in Europe and the US were last week crippled by yet another ransomware attack known as “Petya”. This is the second major global ransomware attack after WannaCry in just two months. Petya is a new variant of the Petya ransomware family  and was first discovered in 2016. It encrypts MFT (Master File Tree) tables […]

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Infographic: Understanding the WannaCry Ransomware

It is the name for a prolific hacking attack and known to be “Ransomware”, that holds your laptop surety till you pay a ransom. WannaCry is also called encryption-based ransomware and known as Wanna Decryptor or WCRY. As soon as the WannaCry Ransomware creates encrypted copies of specific file varieties before deleting the originals, then […]

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Uiwix Ransomware Ain’t a New Version of WannaCry!

Chinese government authorities have warned against a new ransomware named “Uiwix”, which is tested in the wild.  This new ransomware is lethal in its execution and spread. This virus spreads through the memory based services that run between networks of computers. The sudden havoc created by WannaCry and Uiwix ransomware has left people dumbstruck. The ransomware […]

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Sophos says its XG firewall is secure from WannaCry Ransomware

Security firm Sophos has issued a detection update for its customers after the WannaCry ransomware attack last week on Friday. The malware is reported to have effectively disabled over 200,000 computers running on Windows operating system in over 150 countries. According to SophosLabs, WannaCry mimics an old school computer insecurity technique where viruses swept files […]

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Guest Post: Ransomware – Should you pay?

Ransomware, a form of extortion malware is often disguised as innocuous emails, links or pop-ups, thereby easily hoodwinking gullible users to grant access into their system and eventual takeover for ransom. Ransomware maintained its attractiveness amongst cyber criminals in 2016. Of note is the steady growth on multiple platforms including mobile which essentially means every mobile […]

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