A recent rash of ransomware attacks, involving more sophisticated techniques associate with Chinese government supported hackers have experts wondering if they are being perpetrated by cyber spies that were formerly working for the Chinese government. Faced with a loss of income, they may have turned to large scale ransomware attacks, where they infect a company’s network and lock them out until they are paid a ransom, as a way to make money.
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According to the FBI, the instances of ransomware attacks are on the rise. After issuing a warning to agencies and contractors of cyber-attacks where ransomers take control of whole networks, it’s clear they believe that it’s only going to get worse.
Finally, people are beginning to recognize ransomware as the threat that it is, unfortunately it took the Eastern European organized cybercrime gang Dridex getting in on the action before it happened. Dridex has been accused of stealing upwards of $100 million worldwide, and has the potential to steal a great deal more.
Over the weekend, some of the world's biggest websites and media organizations got hit by attack of malicious banner ads. Sites for groups like The New York Times, AOL, the BBC, MSN, Xfinity, NFL, The Weather Network, The Hill, and Newsweek have all been affected with it. It quickly spread to answers.com, zerohedge.com, infolinks.com, and realtor.com. When clicked on, these ads attempt to install malware, including crypto ransomware on visitors' computers.
When people think of identity theft, what usually comes to mind is credit card fraud. Some faceless hacker or con artist gets your credit card number or even opens one up in your name then racks up thousands of dollars in charges. This has become a far too common occurrence in our modern, digital times, but let’s talk about another kind of identity theft that also happens and is far more low-tech.
For all of us who thought fingerprint scanners were the ultimate in phone security, it turns out we were wrong. Researchers have found a way to hack your phone with an inkjet printer and 15 minutes of their time.
An ISIS defector has leaked an Edward Snowden-style treasure trove intelligence information about the terrorist organization. Hidden on a USB drive inside his child’s diaper, the insider has turned over data that includes the personal information of 22,000 fighters.