Most internet users wouldn't want to share their browsing history with the rest of the world. (It's one of the reasons incognito mode is so popular.) This is especially true of people who look at questionable online material. So what would you be willing to pay if someone had a secret recording of you watching porn, taken on your webcam?
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According to a new security report by Malwarebytes, Ransomware attacks were up ten-fold last year on the back of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks. And the bad guys are spreading their resources with attacks using a number of there tools all on the rise. In short, it's been a bad 12 months for those protecting systems and threat actors have reaped a bumper crop.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Ransomware is one of the most damaging threats to our data. And while it used to be about attacks on single devices, we saw the threat evolve this year with the WannaCry and Petya/Not Petya attacks where threat actors found new ways to weaponise other vulnerabilities to deliver ransomware payloads that cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. And cloud services are fuelling both the attackers and defenders in their strategies.
It seems that we can't get through a week without some new cyber-nasty rearing its ugly head. I'm finding the best part of all this is the imaginative names that new threats come with. It's like the bad guys have marketing departments. So, this week, the ransomware marketing machine has dredged up BadRabbit.
Following the WannaCry and Petya/GoldenEye/NoPetya ransomware events, you'd think software companies would be quick to remove the need for SMB 1. This was the protocol exploited by the malware developers that allowed those attacks to spread so quickly. Microsoft has released a lit of developers still demanding SMB 1 support.
The WannaCry ransomware was barely out of the headlines when another cyberattack took down computer systems around the world. This time, a piece of malware dubbed “NotPetya” is to blame. And unlike WannaCry, it has no clear “kill switch” as it spreads across infected networks.
Although it less than two days since the Petya ransomware outbreak, the job of working out where the outbreak started and who is responsible has started. Based on telemetry they received, Microsoft believes the software updater for MEDoc - a Ukrainian tax software application - was the initial source of at least some infections.
Data backups can save your skin from all kinds of IT mishaps like dropping your laptop in a lake or having a virus blast through your hard drive. You should be backing everything up! Thanks to the recent spree of ransomware attacks, it's once again time to evaluate your backup system, so you're prepared in the event that some malicious actor locks up your computer.
Companies hit by ransomware are faced with an ethical dilemma: pay up to save their now-encrypted data, or hold the moral high ground and lose it all. This is a question many companies may have to face. The recent WannaCry cyber-attack, which targeted the data of organisations including UK hospitals, is part of a growing and lucrative “industry”.
Earlier this week, I wrote about some analysis conducted by Symantec that suggested WannaCry was likely linked to threat actors from North Korea. But there's further evidence now that has people wondering what is really going on.
Dear Lifehacker, I always take my thumb drive wherever I go. I'm also a bit absentminded. I want to guarantee my thumb drive gets returned to me if I ever lose it. My idea is to have malware hidden on the drive in a specific folder labelled 'porn101' or 'myprivatefiles'. If the person opens that file, it will automatically encrypt their computer and ask them to email me to get the unlock code. (I will give it to them once they return the thumb drive to me, of course.)
Which brings me to my question - is this legal? It's not like I'm demanding money or anything. I just want my property back!
With WannaCry garnering a lot of attention over the last few days, it's easy to forget that the root cause of the damage it wreaked is still out there. The vulnerability it exploited was a weakness in Windows' file-sharing protocol. And while the threat of WannCry has been largely contained, if the vulnerability, dubbed EternalBlue by the NSA, remains unpatched, it can be exploited by others. And that's something being identified in the wild.
Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, says this week's WannaCry attack "provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". And while Smith says Microsoft and other tech companies need to take the lead on combatting these widespread attacks, he highlights the shared responsibility required to protect, detect and respond to threats.