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Devious Ransomware Frees You if You Infect Two Other People

Ransomware—a particularly nasty malwarethat holds your data hostage until you pay up—just got more pernicious with a version that lets yousell out your friends instead of handing over your cash. The diabolical software Popcorn Time, which is not at all affiliated with the Popcorn Time piracy app, shakes victims down like any other ransomware. If you can’t afford the one bitcoin payout or you’re feeling especiallyspiteful, you can sharea link to download Popcorn Time in an attempt to infect others. If two of your victims pay up, […]

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‘Accidental hero’ halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over

Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating softwares kill switch says criminals will change the code and start again The accidental hero who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted. The ransomware used in Fridays attack wreaked havoc on organisations including FedEx and Telefnica, as well as the UKs National Health Service (NHS), where operations were cancelled, X-rays, test results and patient records became unavailable and phones […]

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WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say

Similarities spotted between details of last weeks massive cyber-attack and code used by a prolific cybergang with links to North Korean government Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group. Kaspersky and Symantec both said on Monday that technical details within an early version of the WannaCry code are similar to code used in a 2015 backdoor created by the government-linked North Korean hackers, who were implicated in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures […]

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A new ransomware attack called Bad Rabbit looks related to NotPetya

On Tuesday, reports surfaced that a new kind of malware was spreading around Europe. The apparent ransomware which researchers are calling Bad Rabbit bubbled up in Russia and Ukraine and appears to also be affecting Turkey and Germany, though spread isn’t fully known at this time. Initial targets include Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Kiev’s public transportation system. The Russian news service Interfax also issued an official update stating that it had been hacked and that it was working to restore its systems. Kaspersky reports that Russian […]

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Bad Rabbit: Game of Thrones-referencing ransomware hits Europe

NotPetya-style malware infects Kievs metro system, Odessa airport and Russian media, demanding bitcoin for decryption key A major ransomware attack is hitting computers in Russia and Ukraine, bearing similarities to researchers at Russian security firm Kaspersky say that the malware uses methods similar to those used during the NotPetya attack. Among the affected organisations are Kievs metro system, Russian media organisation Interfax and Odessa airport. Interfax was forced to publish to its Facebook page during the outage, since its servers were taken offline for a number of […]

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