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Ransomware attack hits Pitney Bowes, impacting company mail rooms around the world

Global shipping and mailing service Pitney Bowes has fallen foul of a ransomware attack that has encrypted data on its computer systems and disrupted customer access to its online services.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Ransomware victim hacks attacker, turning the tables by stealing decryption keys

A victim of the Muhstik ransomware paid his attackers money to recover his files, but then wrought his revenge by hacking them right back.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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FBI: Don’t pay ransomware demands, stop encouraging cybercriminals to target others

The FBI has some unambiguous advice for organisations on how they should handle ransomware demands:

Don’t pay.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Hackers who hit Texas with ransomware attack demanded $2.5 million, got nothing

Although it may have cost Texas more to recover from the ransomware attack than paying the ransom, in the long term a refusal to pay extortionists will help to discourage future attacks.


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Smashing Security #142: Mercedes secret sensors, smart cities, and ransomware runs riot

Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss how cities in Texas are being hit by a wave of ransomware, how Mercedes Benz has installed a tracker in your car (but not for the reason you think), the security threats impacting smart cities, and a new feature coming to your Facebook app.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast, hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.


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Smashing Security #141: Black Hat and Bridezillas

Say cheese to ransomware on your camera! A sponsored speech at Black Hat causes uproar, and should you trust that Lightning cable you’re about to plug into your MacBook?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The Cyberwire’s Dave Bittner.


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GermanWiper isn’t ransomware. It’s worse than that

The tech press is full of stories about “a new ransomware strain” called GermanWiper, that has hit German businesses hard in the last week.

But the reality is that GermanWiper is much worse than ransomware.


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Louisiana declares state of emergency after ransomware attacks

Don’t wait until ransomware strikes and then push the button marked “emergency response.” Make sure you take preventative measures in advance, such as making secure offsite backups of anything you cannot afford to lose.


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Thousands of NHS computers are still running Windows XP from beyond the grave

Two years after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak shone a light on the computer security of the the UK’s National Health Service, and five years after Microsoft said it would no longer release patches for Windows XP, the NHS still has 2,300 PCs running the outdated operating system.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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St John Ambulance service hit by ransomware attack

The UK’s St John Ambulance service says that it was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this week, but if the attackers hoped they might massively disrupt the volunteer first aid service then they’ll be massively disappointed.


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$1.1 million in two weeks – Florida cities pay out big to ransomware gangs

Cybercriminals have learnt something very valuable in the last couple of weeks: in order to regain access to their data, cities in Florida are prepared to pay out huge Bitcoin ransoms to hackers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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RobbinHood ransomware attack brings down parts of City of Baltimore’s computer network

For the second time in a year, Baltimore city government computers have been infected by ransomware. Malicious hackers are demanding that a ransom is paid for the safe recovery of encrypted files on affected computers and servers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Brian Honan.


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High-rolling hacker jailed after launching malware attacks via porn websites

A British man has been jailed for over six years after exploiting ad networks on pornographic websites to spread malware onto innocent users’ computers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #123: Backups – a necessary evil?

With Graham incapacitated, we drag an episode out from the archives. In this special “splinter” episode of the “Smashing Security” podcast from September 2017 we tackle the tricky subject of backups – when did you last backup your data? how and what should you backup? and where should you store them?

Lots of questions and Graham gets to do his Tina Turner impression.

All this and more is discussed in this edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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In its ransomware response, Norsk Hydro is an example for us all

It’s been over two weeks now since Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, was hit by a ransomware attack that hit 160 of its plants worldwide, forcing many of its sites to switch to manual operations.

And they’re handling things really rather well…


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