Gen Intel Processors May Get Built In Ransomware Protection

At CES 2021, arguably the most influential and significant tech event in the world, Intel made an important announcement regarding its historic eleventh generation of chips. The latest designs will feature hardware-based ransomware detection protocols, which should serve to make those types of attacks less likely to succeed. In 2020, ransomware became the attack vector of choice for hackers around …

Brand New Ransomware Found On The Internet

Hackers around the world didn’t waste any time. New Year’s celebrations have barely ended, and already, we have our first reports of a new malware strain to help ring in 2021. Dubbed Babuk Locker, the strain is aimed squarely at corporate networks. Based on an analysis of the code, security experts have concluded that the software was designed by mid-level …

Cyber Attacks On Schools Are Increasing According To Recent Warning

With the pandemic still raging, many schools around the world are still shuttered as tens of millions of school age children take to learning from home via remote or distance learning technologies. It is by no means a perfect substitute for in person learning but right now at least, it’s the only viable option available. Unfortunately, the trend has caught …

Watch Out for Egregor Ransomware Now Hitting The Scene

A new ransomware strain burst onto the scene in September of this year (2020). Dubbed ‘Egregor’ by the research team at Digital Shadows who discovered it, it has already claimed more than seventy victims in nineteen countries around the world. Worse, the hackers controlling it appear to just be getting started. The malware is expertly designed and all of the …

People Are Paying Ransomware Attackers In Large Numbers In 2020

Hackers have increasingly gravitated to ransomware attacks in 2020, as being one of the best and most reliable paths to a payday. That brings to mind an interesting question though. Naturally, the viability of this type of attack comes down to what percentage of victims are willing to actually pay the ransom, and what is that number as of right …

Ecommerce Platform X-Cart Hit By Ransomware Caused Outage

Do you sell goods and services directly from your company’s website? Do you use X-Cart to do it? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you may have had some issues with your sales platform. Thankfully, the issues now seem to have been resolved, but according to the software vendor that makes X-Cart, the issue stemmed from a …

Cyber Attack Found At Gaming Company Capcom

Are you a gamer? Are you a fan of Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Monster Hunter or Street Fighter? All of those games have something in common. All were developed by Capcom, a Japanese development company with offices in Japan, the US, and Canada. Unfortunately, according to a recent disclosure, Capcom is the latest company to fall victim …

Surge In Ransomware Continues In 2020, Targeting Healthcare

The year 2020 could well be described as the Year of Ransomware. Security researchers around the globe who monitor such things have noted a sharp uptick in the use of ransomware this year, with well known threats like REvil, Ryuk, and Maze being the most common variants deployed by hackers. That’s bad enough by itself, but it gets worse. In …

Software Crack Sites Are Being Used To Distribute Ransomware

Hackers have long used the lure of software cracks to infect unsuspecting users, but recently, a new group is making waves and finding significant success in using the Exorcist 2.0 ransomware to lock a user’s files and extort them. It’s a nasty combination. The user thinks he’s getting a free unlock for some piece of software (most often, Microsoft’s Windows …

New Ransomware Targeting NAS Storage Company Devices

Does your business rely on QNAP NAS storage devices? If so, be aware that the company recently issued an advisory, stating that an unknown group of hackers has begun targeting them specifically with ransomware attacks. The advisory reads, in part, as follows: “QNAP Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has found evidence that the ransomware may attack earlier versions of …