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Cybersecurity insurance firm Chubb investigates its own ransomware attack

A notorious ransomware gang claims to have successfully compromised the infrastructure… of a company selling cyberinsurance.

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

Smashing Security #170: PornHub, Coronavirus apps, and remote working

It’s a self-isolated Coronavirus special as we discuss with our quarantined special guest how COVID-19 is making itself felt in the world of cybersecurity, and we offer tips on how to better protect yourself if you’re unexpectedly working from home.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Malicious Life’s Ran Levi from his attic.

Malicious Coronavirus victim tracking app demands ransom payment from Android users

A malicious Android app that pretends to warn users about those nearby infected with the COVID-19 Coronavirus actually locks devices, and demands a $100 payment in Bitcoin.

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Beware secret lovers spreading Nemty ransomware

Who doesn’t love the idea of receiving an email with a subject line like “I love you”?

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

Dutch university paid $220,000 ransom to hackers after Christmas attack

Maastricht University has admitted paying a 30 bitcoin ransom to hackers who compromised its network in the immediate run-up to Christmas 2019, and infected it with the Clop ransomware.

Travelex hobbles back online, one month after ransomware hit it hard

The beleaguered company, hit by the REvil ransomware on New Year’s Eve, has not yet been able to restore all of its online services.

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The NHS has only suffered six ransomware attacks since the WannaCry worm, investigation reveals

An investigation claims that the UK’s National Health Service, which was hit hard by the notorious WannaCry worm in 2017, has seen a marked fall in ransomware attacks since.

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

Smashing Security #163: Russian heists and Ring wrongs

Should possessing malware be illegal in itself? How did a Russian cryptocurrency exchange millionaire lose his fortune? And what on earth are Amazon Ring doorbell cams up to now?

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 Lisa Forte, and Adrian Sanabria from Thinkst Canary.

We’re dung for! Hackers hit firms with ransomware by exploiting Shitrix flaw

The REvil (also known as Sodinokibi) ransomware is being planted on corporate networks by hackers exploiting the Shitrix flaw in Citrix servers.

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Ransomware: The average ransom payment has doubled in just three months

A new report into the state of ransomware at the tail end of 2019 has revealed that things aren’t getting any better.

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

Plastic surgery patients at risk after ransomware attack

Past and current customers of a cosmetic surgery clinic are contacted by hackers making ransom demands, after they broke into its network and stole personal information.

Travelex won’t say if it has paid a ransom to its attackers

Travelex, the foreign currency exchange service whose services have been knocked offline since New Year’s eve by a cyber attack, is declining to say if it has paid a ransom to the criminals responsible.

Travelex warns customers of phone scam threat in wake of ransomware attack

Members of the public who have found themselves out-of-pocket or inconvenienced by the ongoing problems at Travelex after it suffered a ransomware attack on New Year’s Eve, are being warned to watch out for email and phone scammers taking advantage of the situation.

Travelex wants you to know that everything’s going really really well

Apparently the world’s largest foreign exchance service is making “good progress” following the attack which knocked out its systems two weeks ago.

Move along, nothing to see here.

City of Las Vegas wakes up to a cyber attack

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, city officials in Las Vegas were alerted that their computer network had suffered a security breach.

If it’s a ransomware attack, it sounds unlikely that they’ll be willing to give in to the extortionists’ demands.

“Planned maintenance”? Travelex’s masterclass in how not to respond to a cyberattack

For days Travelex’s website has said it was down for “planned maintenance”.

Now it finally admits that the company is struggling with a ransomware outbreak that has disrupted its online services.