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 …

Report Shows 118 Percent Increase In Ransomware Attacks In 2019

Ransomware roared onto the global stage in 2017. Companies and government agencies around the world felt the impact with widespread campaigns like NotPetya and WannaCry. By 2018, the number of ransomware attacks had begun to fall off while hackers found new tools to attack with, shifting toward cryptojacking, credential theft, and trojan malware. Granted, ransomware attacks didn’t fade completely from …

Ransomware Now Sends Malicious Texts Through Mobile Device

If you own an Android device, there’s a new threat to be at least moderately concerned about.  It takes the form of a new ransomware family that spreads from one victim to the next with text messages that contain poisoned links to every contact on an infected device. The ESET research team that found the software had this to say …

Florida City Paid Big Bucks To Hackers Using Ransomware  

The city of Riviera Beach, Florida is the latest high-profile victim of a ransomware attack. Recently, the city council voted to pay more than $600,000 to a hacking group to regain access to data that had been locked and encrypted via ransomware nearly a month ago.  That is in addition to the $941,000 the city will be paying for new …

New Ransomware Looks Like An Anti-Virus Installation

Dharma is a highly successful ransomware strain. It recently has been made even more successful by a change in the way the hackers controlling it are deploying it. The first part of their latest campaign remains unchanged.  They rely on well-crafted phishing emails to lure employees in. The key difference, however, lies in the particulars of the newly crafted emails. …

2019 Sees A Huge Rise In Ransomware Attacks

According to FBI statistics, in 2013 there were 991 tracked incidents of ransomware attacks against business, resulting in losses slightly exceeding half a million dollars. The number of incidents steadily increased through 2016 when they reached 2,673 for the year, with total losses just shy of two and a half million dollars. During the 2017-2018 period, the overall number of …