Another Week Another New Ransomware To Be Concerned About

There’s a new strain of ransomware to put on your radar. This latest one was discovered by researchers working from SentinelLabs and it has been dubbed Nefilim. Based on the initial research, it seems to share significant portions of its code base with an older strain, Nemty 2.5. The two key differences between the two strains are as follows: Nefilim’s …

Paradise Ransomware Using Internet Query Files To Deliver Payload

The Paradise ransomware is like a bad penny; it just keeps turning up. The strain first appeared back in 2017, when it was spread far and wide via phishing emails. Then it seemed to fall out of favor for a while, and now, it’s back again. Even worse, it’s back with a new trick up its virtual sleeves. In its …

Coronavirus cybercrime

Hackers Are Capitalizing On Coronavirus

Cybercriminal activity is always evolving, and now hackers are banking on the novel coronavirus having potential victims distracted when clicking a link. Hackers are capitalizing on fears and the quest for information by creating malicious websites disguised as popular COVID-19 maps. When unsuspecting users click on the map, they are prompted to open an applet. This software infects the computer …

Emails Pretending To Be Secret Admirers Could Be Ransomware

Nemty Ransomware isn’t an especially well-known threat, but it’s dangerous and should not be discounted. Recently, researchers have discovered an ongoing spam-email driven campaign that’s attempting to spread the ransomware far and wide. An unknown group of hackers are sending out what appear to be love letters from secret admirers in a broad pattern. They are probably simply using email …

CoronaVirus Scare Is Being Used By Scammers To Trick People

There is no low that hackers and scammers won’t stoop to. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning about a worldwide scam in progress relating to fears surrounding the CoronaVirus. The FTC’s announcement speaks for itself. Their announcement reads, in part: “Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus …

New Ransomware Leaks Confidential Data To Public

There’s a disturbing emerging trend in the world of hackers who make use of ransomware to extort payment from companies. Increasingly, if a company won’t pay, their data that was stolen and encrypted is being published for all to see. KrebsOnSecurity recently identified a website associated with the creators of the Maze ransomware strain that did exactly that. The introductory …

New Malware Sends Offensive Texts From Your Phone

Malware tends to be at its most effective when it exists in secret. Under the radar. This is what allows malicious code to burrow deep into an infected system and capture a wide range of data. It’s what allows cryptojacking software to quietly siphon off computer power to mine for various forms of cryptocurrency. That makes money for the malicious …

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, …