Major sites including New York Times and BBC hit by ‘ransomware’ malvertising

A number of major news websites have seen adverts hijacked by a malicious campaign that attempts to install “ransomware” on users computers, according to a warning from security researchers Malwarebytes.

The attack, which was targeted at US users, hit websites including the New York Times, the BBC, AOL and the NFL over the weekend. Combined, the targeted sites have traffic in the billions of visitors.

Dear Locky: You have shown that signature-based detection is fundamentally impossible, but we still caught you!

By: Carolyn Crandall CMO The Dridex Locky ransomware strain by design isn’t any more sophisticated than its fellow ransomware Cryptowall, TeslaCrypt and others. However, it is said to be backed by the Russian Dridex criminal group, a known leader in banking malware and it has quickly built its reputation by the speed in which it …

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Dark web forums found offering Cerber ‘ransomware as a service’

The pro-Eastern European ransomware Cerber has been spotted on dark web Russian forums offering ransomware as a service, according to the cyber intelligence firm Sensecy.

Malwarebytes Labs conducted an analysis of the Cerber ransomware and discovered several customizable functionality settings, according to a blog posted by Malwarebytes programmer Hasherezade. The ransomware does not load if it detects that the user is located in certain “blacklisted” countries, or contains specific languages, file names or directories.

Ransomware infections are surging as ‘Locky’ evolves into an effective cyberweapon

Security experts are warning that a sudden surge in ransomware is hitting unwitting internet users disguised as junk mail that, if opened, will lock down computer systems and charge hundreds of pounds for the release of personal files.

The spike in attacks has been blamed on the rapid ascension of a new malware strain dubbed ‘Locky’ that only appeared on the scene two weeks ago but has already gained notoriety for its effectiveness. Like many other ransom-based malware, Locky currently charges infected users bitcoin in exchange for access to encrypted files.

Report: Ransomware will ‘wreak havoc’ on critical infrastructure

A new report gives a stark warning that ransomware will “wreak havoc on America’s critical infrastructure community” in 2016. The report, published by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), compiled reported incidents of ransomware and predicted that previously exploited vulnerabilities will soon be utilized to extract ransom.

Hollywood hospital becomes ransomware victim

A cyberattack launched against the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has forced staff to declare an “internal emergency” and left employees unable to access patient files.

According to NBC, the Southern California hospital has been left unable to practice its usual day-to-day operations. The hospital’s president and CEO Allen Stefanek said “significant IT issues” were discovered last week, leading to emergency measures including calling for the assistance of the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and cyberforensics experts.

Cyber criminals turn to ransomware as victims pay out

Foursys today shared the results of its IT security survey, conducted last month. The results, displayed here as an infographic, show that ransomware was behind 42 per cent of security breaches.

More than 400 UK-based IT managers took part in the Foursys survey, revealing insights into their security posture. Over half of the respondents worked in organisations with more than 500 employees.

Attivo Networks Enhances Platform to Detect All Classes of Cyber Threats

This week, Attivo Networks™ announced it has expanded its deception platform to include all classes of cyber threats, including reconnaissance, stolen credentials, phishing and ransomware attacks. The goal is nothing less than to defend Attivo customers from every form of cyber attack with real-time detection of breaches that have bypassed other prevention defenses.

The 3 biggest security threats of 2016

You can hardly look at tech news without seeing reports of viruses, Trojans, data breaches, ransomware, remote hacking, ATM skimmers and plenty of other threats to your money and information. According to security company Kaspersky, 34.2% of computer users experienced at least one Web attack in 2015. More than 750,000 computers were infected with ransomware, with a steady increase every quarter.

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