Tag Archive: Ransomware

  • Petya Developers Break Radio Silence, Demand $250k Bitcoin, News, News teaser

    Petya Developers Break Radio Silence, Demand $250k

    The public is finally hearing from the people behind the Petya attack. This marks the first time they’ve released a statement since the attack began to spread around the world, and they are demanding more money. A Recap of the Petya Attack It’s been over a week since the initial spread of the Petya virus, a malicious piece of ransomware software that took control of hundred of machines worldwide earlier last month. The initial round

    · July 8, 2017 · 12:30 am
  • New Wave of Cyber Attacks Triggered as Ransom Prices Climb Bitcoin, News

    New Wave of Cyber Attacks Triggered as Ransom Prices Climb

    Just weeks after the WannaCry ransomware virus made headlines around the world, another cyber attack known as Petya has sprung up, surprisingly using the same backdoor exploit as the attack previously mentioned despite a fix for the problem being released weeks ago. Move Over WannaCry – There’s a New Cyber Attack in Town This new attack infects the victim’s computer and encrypts the files stored there. Asking for a one-time payment of $300 sent to a

    · June 27, 2017 · 11:30 pm
  • Is NSA Behind Bitcoin Price Drop and Global Cyber Attack? Bitcoin, Bitcoin Politics, News

    Is NSA Behind Bitcoin Price Drop and Global Cyber Attack?

    On Friday Bitcoin suffered one if it’s steepest declines in months, losing over 10% of its market value after three straight weeks of massive gains. The question is why? The answer may lie within “The Deep State,” or more specifically, the NSA. Yesterday, an epic cyber attack was waged in nearly 100 countries worldwide, an attack that may have been the largest of its kind. The ransomware attack encrypted files of all those who received

    · May 13, 2017 · 3:00 pm
  • Corporations ransomware Bitcoin, Bitcoin Security, Knowledge Base, News, Trending

    Bitcoin Demand Rises as U.S. Corporations are Stocking Up

    Bitcoin has attracted a great deal of interest over the last couple of years, and mainstream investing has skyrocketed with the ever-growing Bitcoin price. Now, a new market sector is starting to emerge as American corporations are stocking up on digital currency to combat cybercrime. Corporations Fuel Bitcoin Demand as Ransomware Spreads Hackers with an eye towards gaining valuable Bitcoins are hitting corporations more and more with dreaded ransomware, and this problem seems to be

    · February 26, 2017 · 9:00 am
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    You’re Most Likely to Catch Ransomware in Vegas, Says Study

    Beware of phishing attacks when in Las Vegas, according to a new study. Sin City has been found as the most likely place to catch Bitcoin ransomware in the United States. Viva La Ransomware The unsuspecting, lay internet user is most prone to ransomware infections in Las Vegas, a survey by internet security company Malwarebytes revealed. Ransomware is malicious computer code that’s commonly downloaded via email attachments. These are distributed using phishing attacks, where the

    · December 9, 2016 · 4:05 am
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    Ransomware Tool Has Decryption Keys Leaked by Anonymous User

    The master decryption keys for the ransomware, CrySis, has been released to the public, news that will undoubtedly come as a pleasant surprise to those victimized by the malware. Also read: Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet to Allow Credit and Debit Card Funding Another Ransomware Tool Bites the Dust The decryption keys first became public when a user posted them on a the forums of bleepingcomputer.com. The user, known only as crss7777, posted the decryption keys

    · November 16, 2016 · 4:00 am
  • ransomware Bitcoin, Legislation

    The FTC Just Gave Us Simple Advice for Preventing Ransomware

    A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) panel said on Wednesday that while the threat of ransomware can be scary, simple “cyber hygiene,” or in other words, routine and basic security measures, are often enough to sufficiently counter these online attacks. Also read: Innocoin Co-Founder Talks Details on Crypto Trading Service FTC Panel Talks Ransomware Nevertheless, the panel did not want to downplay the threat, or the damage ransomware has caused everyday users who have been victimized by

    · September 9, 2016 · 11:26 am
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    ‘Wildfire’ Ransomware Defeated by International Security Team

    Wildfire, a type of ransomware targeted at Dutch speakers, has been successfully defeated by the No More Ransom initiative, a project coordinated by the Netherlands Police, Europol, Intel and Kaspersky. This multinational collaboration aims to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted files for free through the use of multiple decryption tools. Also read: Ransomware as a Service is Bringing In Some Serious Money ‘Wildfire’ Ransomware Wildfire is a piece of ransomware, a type of malware that takes users’

    · August 25, 2016 · 6:00 pm
  • Ransomware Bitcoin, FinTech

    Ransomware May Threaten the Future of Bitcoin

    Bitcoin has jumped in price again. Following a near two-week excursion down south, bitcoin has hit a detour and is now hovering at $581 as of press time. That’s a near $10 rise since our previous price piece. However, the price is still down overall. Although many factors may be contributing to bitcoin’s slight slump, many seem to believe that ransomware poses a particularly nasty threat to the currency’s future. Also read: Bears and Bulls Continue

    · August 22, 2016 · 12:00 pm
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    Ransomware as a Service is Bringing In Some Serious Money

    Ransomware is now becoming standardized to create a lucrative business model, ransomware as a service for amateur hackers. Also read: OXBTC Releases New BTC/ETH Cloudhash Hosting Services Ransomware as a Service Developers of the crypto-ransomware tool, Cerber, have set up a RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) platform for amateur threat actors that could end up bringing in some big money by distributing their tool to a network of affiliates. The business technique could end up

    · August 18, 2016 · 12:43 am
  • Bitcoin Industry Report Bitcoin, News, News teaser, Trending

    Industry Report: No Bitcoin Crime Goes Unpunished

    A bitcoin buyer is robbed, the latest game to pay in digital currency, and new initiatives for fighting ransomware are set forth. Want to catch up on your latest digital currency news? Take a look below. Also read: Industry Report: Bitcoin Fraud Never Works BITCOIN ROBBERY A bitcoin buyer has undergone quite a scare after being robbed at knifepoint. 32-year-old Steve Manos of Lake Worth, Florida set out to take part in what he thought

    · July 31, 2016 · 3:00 pm
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    Private-Public Partnership Launched to Combat Ransomware

    The public and private sectora are now joining forces to stop ransomware as part of an international initiative to combat cybercrime. Groups participating in the project include Intel Security, Kaspersky Lab, the Dutch National Police and Europol.  Also read: Lisk Community Continues Developing Ecosystem Tools, Services International Crackdown on Ransomware The initiative, called “No More Ransom,” has a simple goal: make it more difficult for cyber criminals to capitalize on ransomware by outsmarting them. The organizers

    · July 27, 2016 · 4:02 pm
  • Zepto Ransomware Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking Bitcoin News, Breaking News, News

    Worrisome Locky Ransomware Variant Zepto is Making The Rounds

    There is a now form of Bitcoin ransomware on the block, going by the name of Zepto. At its core, this is a different variant of the Locky malware, which has been making the rounds for quite some time now. Security researchers detected a spike in the distribution of this new ransomware. As one would expect, Internet criminals are using spam emails to distribute this payload. Also read: Are the Winklevoss Twins Bringing the Bitcoin

    · July 2, 2016 · 5:58 am
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    Symantec Report Indicates End of Locky Ransomware Threat

    Although malware threats and exploit kits are a significant threat to our society, various types are showing a decrease in activity. Angler, Locky, and Dridex are the three top categories which see less interest all of a sudden. For now, it remains unclear as to why this decrease is taking place, albeit it is possible criminals are turning toward new solutions. Also read: Industry Report: Digital Currency Is Booming Across the Globe Ransomware and malware

    · June 18, 2016 · 5:31 am
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    Cerber Bitcoin Ransomware Now Includes Malware Factory Automation

    As the summer draws ever closer, the chances of getting a computer infected with malicious software seem to increase exponentially. The latest version of Cerber ransomware is introducing new challenges for security experts. Malware factory has been introduced, which creates different versions of Cerber every 15 seconds. Also read: Industry Report: Bitcoin Continues Breaking Boundaries Cerber Becomes Completely Random To this very date, Cerber is the most feared and destructive type of Bitcoin ransomware in

    · June 14, 2016 · 5:34 am
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    Industry Report: Is Security in the Finance Sector Too Weak?

    A Deutsche double-debit; Poloniex strikes “out” for a short while; and ransomware isn’t as profitable as people think. Are these technical glitches and criminal hackers seriously threatening security in the finance sector? Take a gander at the stories below. Also read: Industry Report: PayPal Gets Into the Bitcoin Game DEUTSCHE BANK: DO GLITCHES LEAD TO INSECURITY IN THE FINANCE SECTOR? Several thousand customers at a Deutsche Bank have become the victims of a double-debit. In

    · June 7, 2016 · 5:00 am
  • Bitcoinist_Ransomware Malware Angler Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking News, News, News teaser

    Ransomware Infections Set To Spike Due To Angler Bypassing EMET

    Ransomware remains a threat looming over every Internet user in the world today. Protecting one’s computer from this type of malware is becoming harder once again, thanks to the EMET-evading exploit. Security experts feel the number of ransomware infections will ramp up exponentially once again. Also read: Poloniex Exchange Confirms Funds Are Safe Despite Outage EMET protection is found on the Windows operating system, as Microsoft designed this tool to block Windows-based exploits. However, internet

    · June 7, 2016 · 4:42 am
  • Bitcoinist_Flashpoint Resaearch Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking Bitcoin News, Breaking News, News, News teaser

    Flashpoint Study Shows Spreading Ransomware Is No Cash Cow

    For the longest time, people have assumed the profits made from ransomware attacks is very lucrative. But a recent study by Flashpoint paints an entirely different picture. While there is still money to be made, the numbers are far lower than most people think they are. Also read: Mathematics Drives Crix Bitcoin Futures Trading Flashpoint conducted a five-month study of a Russian ransomware operation to see how lucrative this business model is. As it turns

    · June 3, 2016 · 4:35 am
  • Bitcoinist_Ransomware-as-a-service Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking Bitcoin News, Breaking News, News, News teaser

    Cerber Ransomware Offered As-a-service By Internet Criminals

    Bitcoin ransomware keeps evolving, as developers want to do everything they can to outsmart security researchers. Cerber, one of the most potent forms of malware, is being offered on a ransom-as-a-service basis right now. But that is not the only new aspect about this strain of ransomware. The distribution method of Cerber has changed as well. Up until this point, this malware used to spread itself via macro-enabled Word documents. That model has undergone some

    · May 30, 2016 · 8:45 am
  • Bitcoinist_Amazon Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking News, Companies, News, News teaser, Technology

    Amazon Spear Phishing Campaign Spreads Locky Ransomware

    Editor’s note (5-28-2016, 1:36 PM EST): This article has been amended to add a technical correction. The attackers’ method of bypassing spam filters can be detected and prevented by email gateways with sender policy framework (SPF) enabled. Locky ransomware has been infecting computers and networks all over the world in the past few months. Amazon customers have been deliberately targeted through malicious Microsoft Word documents to spread this malware. Comodo Threat Research Labs discovered this

    · May 27, 2016 · 2:58 am
  • Bitcoinist_Bitcoin Ransomware CryptXXX 3.0 Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking Bitcoin News, Breaking News, News, News teaser

    CryptXXX 3.0 Beats Kaspersky Labs Decryption Tool Again

    Just a few days ago, we reported how Kaspersky Labs has been able to crack the CryptXXX decryption code and create a tool which lets users restore file access without paying the Bitcoin ransom. The latest CryptXXX update nullifies this tool entirely, and security researchers are back to square one. Also read:Deloitte Blockchain Lab in Dublin Will Create Fifty Jobs RannohDecryptor is the tool Kaspersky Labs has created to let users bypass the Bitcoin ransom

    · May 25, 2016 · 7:47 am
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    University Students Risk Ransomware Infection Through USB Drives

    A recent security experiment conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign goes to show how insecure freely distributed USB drives can be. Almost one in two drives were taken and plugged into a computer right away, regardless of possible consequences. Also read: Syscoin 2.0 Launches DirectBTC on Decentralized Marketplace Please Refrain From Using Unknown USB Drives There is something very appealing about goodies, especially if they come in the form of an item everybody can

    · May 21, 2016 · 8:55 am
  • Bitcoinist_Malware-as-a-service Bitcoin, Bitcoin Breaking News Brief, Breaking Bitcoin News, Breaking News, News, News teaser, Services, Technology

    Malware-as-a-service Is A Cheap Way To Spread Bitcoin Ransomware

    Cyber security is on the minds of everybody in the technology world these days, yet hackers and internet criminals seem to be outsmarting the masses yet again. One particular cyber criminal syndicate is using malware-as-a-service through the Nuclear exploit kit. Also read: Kaspersky Labs Outsmarts CryptXXX Bitcoin Ransomware Developers Again Malware-as-a-service Is A Thing Now Everything is being turned into some “as-a-service” model, whether it is technology, the blockchain, or in this case, malware. A

    · May 18, 2016 · 4:10 am