CCleaner attack on millions of computers sought out telecom firms, app’s owner says

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers that broke into as many as 2.27 million accounts of a computer cleaning program were targeting telecom equipment companies in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, security company Avast told USA TODAY Thursday. The initial breach was reported on Tuesday. Hackers had hidden malware in CCleaner, a popular app that cleans cookies and junk programs from PCs and Android phones to make them […]

Petya Ransomware – Get MIMECAST today!!!

Petya Ransomware Action plan to improve your cyber resilience against the latest mass outbreak What is it? Today a major new ransomware attack has hit businesses globally, but initially in the Ukraine, Russia, and across Europe. This has been identified as an updated strain of the Petya ransomware that was identified back in March. The malware appears to arrive via a Microsoft Word document in […]

Ransomware: The race you don’t want to lose

In the race to detect and contain ransomware on their networks, many organizations fail before they are out of the gate.  The reason has very little to do with technology, and more so a great deal to do with process. “But we bought all the good tools!”, such organizations protest. Good security technologies implemented and optimized properly are certainly one piece of the puzzle, however […]

Global cyber ransom ware attack spreads

The “Petya” ransom ware played havoc with computers at large firms. A global cyber attack‚ which was initiated in the Ukraine‚ spread on Wednesday to other countries in Europe‚ less than two months after the last worldwide ransom ware attack. Reuters reported that the hack had caused major disruptions‚ including downing the network at Russia’s biggest oil company. The “Petya” ransom ware played havoc with […]

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye Ransomware Recently, a new strain of ransomware attack broke out. Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by the new ransomware called Petya/GoldenEye. It spreads rapidly across the world and is expanding the infection. Here’s what you need to know about Petya/GoldenEye and how to prevent the attack: What Is Petya/GoldenEye? Similar to WannaCry, Petya uses […]

Petya cyber attack: What’s going on with the latest ransomware virus? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Petya cyber attack: What’s going on with the latest ransomware virus? By Jessica Haynes A massive ransomware attack has hit computers and servers across the globe causing turmoil in its path. Could you be affected? Here’s what we know so far. How did it start? The attack first shut down operations in Russia — including at Russia’s biggest oil company — and Ukraine before spreading […]

WannaLocker — A New WannaCry-inspired Ransomware Is Attacking Android Smartphones

Short Bytes: After wrecking havoc on unpatched Windows computers using WannaCry, some new notorious hackers from China are targeting Android smartphones. They’ve copied the look of WannaCry and developed an Android ransomware, which is being called WannaLocker. Being spread via gaming forums, this ransomware disguises itself as a plugin for game King of Glory. It looks like the popularity of WannaCry has inspired cyber criminals […]

Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers | Cybersecurity | TechNewsWorld

Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them. Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many mitigation techniques in core Windows components and the Microsoft Edge browser, helping protect customers from entire classes of exploits for very recent and even […]

Newly discovered router flaw being hammered by in-the-wild attacks | Ars Technica

Newly discovered router flaw being hammered by in-the-wild attacks Researchers detect barrage of exploits targeting potentially millions of devices. Dan Goodin – 11/28/2016, 11:21 PM Online criminals—at least some of them wielding the notorious Mirai malware that transforms Internet-of-things devices into powerful denial-of-service cannons—have begun exploiting a critical flaw that may be present in millions of home routers. Further Reading How one rent-a-botnet army of […]

What Is the Difference Between Malware & Spyware?

Malware is a blanket term that is used to describe a number of malicious types of software, including adware, spyware, viruses, trojans and more. Spyware is a specific type of malware, but is quite different from most other malicious software because of what it is designed to do. Purpose Most malware is designed to cause harm to your computer in some way. Many programs can […]