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On March 22nd, the city of Atlanta was hit by a very sophisticated “SamSam” ransomware attack that effectively crippled the government and much of the public services in the state. Citizens in the capital are unable to pay their parking fines or for essential services like water. The police are having to switch to paper reports as digital services have been compromised. These effects lasted for at least 6 days … Read more

A recent study by IT Security giant Sophos, The State of Endpoint Security Today, has revealed some very interesting facts about the devastating effects that ransomware has on organizations around the globe; and, in particular, on companies in the healthcare industry. Some of the key findings included the fact that more than half of the organizations that were surveyed had been affected by a ransomware attack, and on average they … Read more

Unfortunately, ransomware isn’t going to go away any time soon. In fact, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that the cost of ransomware attacks is likely to reach $11.5 billion by 2019. The primary cause of this is the increasing regularity of attacks. In 2019, the same report predicts that a new ransomware attack will occur every 14 seconds. Scary numbers! Naturally, many organizations are turning to popular ransomware prevention tools to help … Read more

There’s no doubt that attacks will continue to increase in frequency, severity and complexity. Behind the scenes, nations are fighting what appears to be a cybersecurity war. According to the president of Microsoft, North Korea was allegedly behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that temporarily brought down numerous NHS trusts. Ukraine’s security service (SBU) claim that Russia was behind NotPetya attacks which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. … Read more

In recent years organizations have been investing a fortune in cybersecurity, but ransomware still remains as prevalent today (and maybe even more dangerous) as it has ever been. Ransomware attacks are, in essence, simple to prevent if the right security culture is in place. But, whilst organizations have implemented sophisticated security firewalls, the attitudes towards ransomware have not changed fast enough. Recent ransomware attacks Looking back at recent security breaches, … Read more

To any of you following our blog this year (you can subscribe using the form to the left of you right now!), you know that we have reached this conclusion already. But now it has been confirmed by none other than the National Audit Office themselves; the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that crippled much of the NHS in the UK could have been avoided by following simple IT security best practices. … Read more

Dial in on malicious modifications Devastating threats, such as Ransomware and Malicious Insiders, are knocking at your door. Global ransomware damage costs will exceed $5 billion in 2017, up from $325 million in 2015, says the Ransomware Damage Report from Cybersecurity Ventures. Sixty-two-percent of insider threats involve employees profiting from sensitive company data, says “Understanding Insider Threats” from Gartner. Increasing cyberattacks are forcing organizations like yours to find solutions that … Read more

In 2017 alone, hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe have been affected by ransomware attacks; draining enterprises of millions of dollars. Those who have been affected all offer the same advice; protect yourself before it happens to you! While you may already be using anti-ransomware software, researchers have identified several new ransomware threats that your security software may not be equipped to fight with (Ovidly Stealer, Hackshit, Satan … Read more

Organizations around the world are still cleaning up the devastation left behind by Petya and the WannaCry ransomware, with damage ranging from minor inconvenience to complete shutdowns of company operations. Hackers are taking the lessons learned from Petya and WannaCry to create new variants that improve the ability to move undetected between devices using the EternalBlue exploit, or in other words, the vulnerability in the Server Message Block (SMB) 1.0 … Read more

If you’re reading this, you’ve either already become the victim of a ransomware attack or you’re interested in finding out what your options are should it happen to you. So, in this article we’re going to discuss what a ransomware attack does and how best to react to one. What does a ransomware attack look like? Ransomware attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the ultimate goal is to … Read more