Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 Support Officially Ends Today

Windows 7 End of Life has arrived. Microsoft is ending support for this aging operating system on January 14, 2020. This means a decade after introducing Windows 7, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or patches unless you purchase Extended Security Updates from Microsoft. Tech support from Microsoft for any Windows 7 issues also ends today. We strongly recommend …

FBI Sheds New Light On Ransomware Tactics

According to a recent FBI alert marked “TLP: AMBER,” businesses should be on high alert for ransomware attacks. The alert reads, in part, as follows: “Since January 2019, LockerGoga ransomware has targeted large corporations and organizations in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Norway, and the Netherlands. The MegaCortex ransomware, first identified in May 2019, exhibits Indicators of Compromise (IOCs), …

New Ransomware Threatens To Release Stolen Data To Public

The leaders of the ransomware known as Sodinokibi (REvil Ransomware) have announced a nasty new tactic to get their victims to pay up when their files get encrypted. The hackers are now threatening that they’ll begin releasing stolen data to the general public or to competitors unless the ransom is paid. While hackers have made this threat in the past, …

New Zeppelin Ransomware Brings Companies To A Halt

Researchers at BlackBerry Cylance have discovered a new and dangerous strain of ransomware in the wild dubbed “Zeppelin”. It has been used to target small numbers of healthcare and technology-related companies in the US, Canada and Europe in recent weeks. An analysis of the code reveals that Zeppelin is related to, but distinct from the VegaLocker ransomware family. The code …

Ransomware Uses New Method To Get Past Antivirus Programs

Researchers at SophosLabs have discovered a new threat to be on the alert for.  A variant of the Snatch ransomware has been spotted in the wild. It features an innovative means of getting around whatever antivirus software you may be using to defend yourself. Disguised as a backup utility, when the malware is installed, it forces the Windows PC it’s …

New Ransomware Called DeathRansom Hits The Scene

Early in 2019, a new strain of ransomware appeared.  Called “DeathRansom,” its bark was initially much worse than its bite.  Researchers quickly discovered that the new strain only pretended to encrypt a user’s files. If victims simply removed the “encryption” extension, they could get their files back without doing anything at all. That ceased to be the case around November …

New Ransomware Targets Removable And Attached Drives

There’s a new and unusual ransomware strain making the rounds that you should be aware of. Called ‘AnteFrigus,’ it is primarily distributed via ‘malvertising’ that redirects users to the RIG exploit kit. One of the most unusual features of this strain is the fact that it specifically doesn’t target the C: drive of the target computer. Instead, it focuses exclusively …

Pitney Bowes Company Recently Hit By Ransomware

If you’re a business owner, you probably utilize at least a few of the services Pitney Bowes offers.  They maintain a global shipping, mailing, e-commerce and financial services empire that touches just about every country on the planet. The company has more than 1.5 million customers and service 90 percent of the companies on the Fortune 500 list. Unfortunately, they’ve …

Windows Version of iTunes Needs Updated To Avoid Ransomware        

Are you a Windows iTunes user? If so, you should upgrade iTunes immediately or run the risk of being infected with the BitPaymer ransomware strain. The group controlling the software has been spotted using a zero-day exploit in iTunes for Windows, which allows them to bypass antivirus detection schemes entirely. The good news is that Apple responded quickly to the …

New Ransomware Called TFlower Hacks Into Company Networks

Over the last two years, ransomware attacks have become increasingly common against businesses of all shapes and sizes. While the attack vector saw a dip in popularity last year, this year it has come roaring back to the fore with several new strains of ransomware being developed and enjoying widespread use by hackers around the world. One of the most …