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ROCKPORT -- The Rockport Town Office reopened Wednesday morning after being closed Tuesday in the wake of an attack by a ransomware virus. The municipality's computer servers were infected Friday, according to a statement this week from Town Manager Rick Bates.
Specifically, during the first three months of 2018, cryptominers surged to the top of detected malware incidents, displacing ransomware--which declined significantly in volume--as the number one threat. Another surprising finding: Altcoin Monero became the leading target for cryptominers' ...

Trend Micro recently discovered that hackers repurposed the XiaoBa ransomware to carry a cryptocurrency miner payload. Typically, XiaoBa infects a PC, encrypts its files, and holds those files hostage until the victim delivers a payment to hackers. But in this case, the new payload injects the ...
Cybercriminals are known to be shifting away from ransomware in favour of cryptocurrency mining, but those behind one form of malicious software have pivoted by re-purposing what was file-encrypting malware into something which now highjacks PCs for mining. Uncovered by researchers at Trend ...
Ransomware is one of the more worrying types of malware to emerge in recent years. It works by restricting access to computer files until a ransom is paid. Victims have included the British National Health Service, the Spanish telecom company Telefonica, the Russian oil giant Rosneft, and many others. Bitcoin
This ransomware is a variant of the WannaPeace ransomware and is targeting Brazilian victims. According to MalwareHunterTeam, when executed, the ransomware will display a fake Word window that will take some time opening as it encrypts your files. When done encrypting your files, it will display ... Syrian Refugee

The Atlanta skyline view from the 300-level concourse in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tuesday, as seen on Aug. 15, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga. The city of Atlanta is investigating a ransomware cyber attack that encrypted some personal and financial data stored on city networks. The FBI is assisting ...
Cryptominer-based attacks, not ransomware-based attacks, have been the top threat so far this year, according to Comodo Cybersecurity Threat Research Labs' Q1 Global Malware Report. In the first three months of 2018, Comodo said it "detected 28.9 million cryptominer incidents out of a total of ...
The government and NHS bodies have been criticised by MPs for failing to implement measures to improve cyber-security nearly a year after a major ransomware attack on the service. Twenty-two recommendations were made after the WannaCry attack led to nearly 20,000 cancelled hospital ...
Ransomware perpetrators were behind Sunday's cyber attack on the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that supports Baltimore's 911 operations, according to Baltimore City Chief Information Officer Frank Johnson. In a statement released Wednesday, Johnson said federal investigators are working ...
Today MalwareHunterTeam discovered a new variant of the Cryptomix Ransomware that appends the .MOLE66 extension to encrypted files, changes the contact email, and slightly changes the ransom note's name. In the past, we used to see new Cryptomix variants a few times a month, but this time it has ...
Police officers are once again able to file reports electronically and some investigative databases thought to have been corrupted by the ransomware attack have turned out to be unscathed, the city says. The city's 311 system — which deals with things such as trash pick-up and reporting of potholes — is ...
Over the past year, ransomware garnered widespread attention among researchers and the general public alike, with three major attacks inflicting notable damage. WannaCry used a Windows exploit to spread across the globe, infecting computer systems in more than 150 countries with serious real-world ...
Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and displays a message demanding a fee be paid in order for the system to work again. With critical data and systems at risk of being held hostage – sometimes for ransom of thousands or tens of thousands of dollars – it is critical to protect your ...
BALTIMORE (AP) - A ransomware attack hobbled Baltimore's 911 dispatch system over the weekend, a city official confirmed Wednesday, prompting a roughly 17-hour shutdown of automated emergency dispatching. Earlier this week, Mayor Catherine Pugh's office didn't specify the nature of the ...
Boeing has reportedly been struck in a major way by Wannacry, the ransomware that spread like wildfire last year. The Seattle Times obtained a memo from Mike VanderWel, of the company's commercial airliner division, describing the malware as “metastasizing rapidly.” A Boeing representative, however, ...
Time is running out for the city of Atlanta, which was given until Wednesday to pay off the cyberattackers who laid siege to city government data and are threatening to wipe the computers clean. But, as Georgia Public Broadcasting's Emily Cureton reported for NPR, even if officials authorized the six-bitcoin ...

Some researchers estimate that ransomware is a billion-dollar industry, although no one knows for sure. Given that challenge, a group of researchers have chosen to take the opposite tack, and to discern how little they think has been lost to ransomware. The study, due to be presented at the IEEE Symposium on Security ...
Ricardo Dystant (left), head of ebusiness at JN Bank, in discussion with Dr Moniphia Hewling (centre), head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JaCIRT), in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, and Assistant Superintendent Warren Williams, of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's ...
A new ransomware was discovered this week by MalwareHunterTeam called Zenis Ransomware. While it is currently unknown how Zenis is being distributed, multiple victims have already become infected with this ransomware. What is most disturbing about Zenis is that it not encrypts your files, but also ...
When ransomware tore through businesses last year, questions were raised about how companies could react to such attacks and be able to better detect and respond in the future. Mimecast talked to Infosecurity about how businesses should be defending against ransomware, and whether, in the wake of ...
Unlike ransomware programs that depend on phishing tactics to trick employees to open an infected email, the SamSam attack is more sophisticated. The criminals found a vulnerable port set up by one of the hospital's vendors, then located a password to gain entry into the system, Long says. They infected ...
A new survey the CyberEdge group finds only half of those who paid a ransomware ransom in 2017 could recover their data. The CyberEdge research surveyed nearly 1,200 IT security experts across 17 countries and found that 55 percent of responders suffered an attack in the last year. Of the 38.7 ...
DENVER – Hackers targeted the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) nearly 20 days ago in two separate attacks, and the department still has not made a full recovery. It is unclear when systems will be fully restored, but the hit has trickled down and has impacted more than a handful of contract ...
Today one of our volunteers, Aura, told me about a new new malspam campaign pretending to be from Craigslist that is under way and distributing the Sigma Ransomware. These spam emails contain password protected Word or RTF documents that download the Sigma Ransomware executable from a ...
In the proof-of-concept attack, the researchers created and uploaded ransomware to the NAO robot model. The press release explained that “by injecting custom code into any behavior file classes, they altered the robot behaviors to be malicious. Possible malicious behavior on an infected robot includes ...
Robotics developers already concerned about security vulnerabilities have another thing to worry about -- robot ransomware. Researchers from IOActive today showed a proof-of-concept ransomware attack on two popular service robots -- Pepper and NAO -- from SoftBank Robotics. They demonstrated the ...
Cyber security product developer SonicWall told The Sunday Telegraph that it had seen 2,500 different variants of ransomware head for British companies since January 1, an average of 38 new attacks a day. These include variations on WannaCry, which last year spread across 150 countries and crippled ...
“We've successfully contained it,” Farley said Friday afternoon. Information technology staff are now working to remove the ransomware from computers. Officials do not yet know how it got into the system, she said. A similar bug hit more than 100 computers in 12 state agencies last month. Servers and ...
According to the findings of security firm IOActive Labs, there is a vulnerability in Softbank Robotics' NAO and Pepper robots that can lead to devastating ransomware attacks by causing robots deployed at workplaces to stop working.
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(TNS) — A ransomware attack has knocked the Connecticut court system's computers off line. The ransomware infection began Friday morning, said Melissa Farley, a Judicial Branch spokeswoman. “We've successfully contained it,” Farley said Friday afternoon. Information technology staff are now working ...
Ransomware has been a headache for PC and smartphone users but in the future it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid. Researchers at security company IOActive have shown how they managed to hack the NAO robot made by Softbank and infect one with custom-built ransomware.
"Knowing that, we decided to conduct a proof-of-concept ransomware attack on the NAO robot, leveraging vulnerabilities we uncovered in our prior research in 2017. What we found was pretty astonishing: ransomware attacks could be used against business owners to interrupt their businesses and coerce ...
Ransomware usually makes it to your computer through everyday actions like opening email or clicking web links. The best deterrents are strong, up-to-date antiviruses and firewalls. Thompson says ransomware is particularly sneaky because it usually lays dormant on a computer for a few days, corrupting ...
Ransomware, the monetization of malware, has been one of the most pervasive threats against business data for the last several years. Now a megabillion-dollar industry, ransomware variants are usually delivered by email attachments that allow attackers to encrypt a company's data and hold the key to ...
Dofoil, also known as Smoke Loader, can deliver any payload and historically has installed banking trojans and ransomware but on this week's menu was mining malware that uses a CPU's capacity to mine Electroneum coins. It does this without PC owner's permission or compensation for the extra labor ...
The latest warning follows a successful proof-of-concept ransomware attack on the Nao and Pepper robots by IOActive researchers Cesar Cerrudo and Lucas Apa. The attack method is detailed in a blog post entitled Robots want bitcoins too that was published to coincide with a live demonstration of the ...
A massive survey of nearly 1,200 IT security practitioners and decision makers across 17 countries reveals that half the people who fell victim to ransomware infections last year were able to recover their files after paying the ransom demand. The survey, carried out by research and marketing firm ...
Designed for schools and businesses, NAO and its more popular sibling Pepper are robots equipped with microphones and cameras. They're typically used in classrooms, retail stores, and offices for customer assistance. After installing ransomware on the robot, the security firm was able to get it to demand ...
Organisations should focus on ransomware detection and prevention rather than holding contingency funds to pay off attackers, say security experts. ... Terry Ray, chief technology officer of Imperva, said in light of the fact that ransom payment is no guarantee that data will be restored, companies need to stop ransomware ...
Ransomware is increasingly becoming a major cybersecurity threat. Names like “WannaCry” and “SamSam” pepper the news, and many organizations struggle with responding to this one-two punch of malicious software and extortion. But exactly what is “ransomware”? How does it affect organizations?
If you've determined that it's screen-locking ransomware you're dealing with, and that no amount of keyboard shortcuts can save you, you'll want to start contemplating your options. Before you do that, though, make sure nothing is connected to the infected device in question, lest the disease spread and ...
In fact, so-called ransomware has become one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises in the U.S. and internationally, with the FBI estimating total payments are nearing $1 billion. Hackers use ransomware to encrypt computer files, making them unreadable without a secret key, and then demand digital ...
(TNS) — As state security officials mopped up ransomware that attacked Colorado Department of Transportation computers last week, malware struck again Thursday. The original attack, a variant of the malicious SamSam ransomware, has morphed into something new and re-infected CDOT computers ...
The City of Leeds paid thousands in Bitcoin to regain access to payroll, personnel, and financial records, following a cyber attack, the mayor said. Advertisement. Ransomware attack costs City of Leeds thousands . Loading more articles... Advertisement ...
The city of Leeds was hit with a ransomware attack last week that forced the Birmingham suburb to pay hackers $12,000 in bitcoin to gain control of its computer systems, the city's mayor said Thursday. "We're back up and running now. It was scary for a while because the decryption codes didn't work the ...
Charities are a prime target for hackers and are at risk of devastating cyber attacks, the UK's intelligence agency has warned. The National Cyber Security Centre - the cyber security arm of GCHQ - has set out some of the biggest cyber threats facing the 200,000 charities registered in the UK and advice on ...
Mid-market organizations -- those with 1,000-5,000 employees -- have been hit the hardest with ransomware in 2017, with 29 percent experiencing a ransomware attack, according to a new report. Security awareness training company KnowBe4 has released its 2018 Threat Impact and Endpoint Protection ...
Victims of one the newest - and most unusual - families of ransomware could now be able to recover their files without giving into the demands of criminals because decryption tools have been released for free. A GandCrab ransomware decryption tool has been released as part of the No More Ransom ...


 

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