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Ransomware Awareness & Response

Welcome back to Cyber Security Awareness Month with Secure Sense! Last week we discussed human error in cyber security and the importance of training your employees to avoid being a victim of a phishing scheme or social engineering attack. This week, we are reviewing ransomware – an attack that is often times a result of credentials stolen via phishing campaigns, or from malicious email links themselves. Ransomware attacks have hit...

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Fortinet Reports Increased YoY Threat Activity for Q2 2019

Fortinet has just released its Threat Landscape Report for Q2 of 2019. This quarterly series provides key insights into the threat trends and cybercriminals behaviors to help organizations prepare for and protect themselves against their constantly evolving adversaries. As evidence of this challenge, Fortinet's Threat Landscape Index – a barometer of threat activity across the internet – hit its highest point ever, closing at 4% higher than the same time last year. Upping...

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What is vulnerability management?
What is Vulnerability Management

Vulnerability Management is the key for a safer future for your organization. It’s safe to say that the WannaCry Ransomware attack was one the worst attacks in recent history, approximately 200,000 devices were infected. Well, what if we told you that this attack could have been easily remediated, I bet you wouldn’t believe us. Well unfortunately that’s the case. The WannaCry Ransomware is just one case of thousands that highlights the...

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Free Ransomware Decrypt if you Infect Two Friends
New Ransomware Offers Free Decryption if you Infect Two Friends

A new ransomware dubbed ‘Popcorn Time’ offers you a free decrypt if you infect two friends. Let’s say it how it is, getting infected with ransomware sucks a lot. You either need to wait it out and hope a free decrypt software comes out or you pay it out (DO NOT PAY). Well, a new breed of ransomware was recently discovered by the MalwareHunterTeam research group. This ransomware allows you to...

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Hackers Shoot for PGA Ransomware Success
Hackers Shoot for PGA Ransomware Success

The latest ransomware attack of the summer impacts golf’s governing body Early Tuesday morning officials at the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) found that their systems had been compromised. The group discovered the attack when they attempted to access documents, but instead got a message saying; "Your network has been penetrated, all files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorithm. This may lead to the impossibility of...

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New Malware Maximizes Attackers Profits
New Malware Maximizes Attackers Profits

New Russian born malware chooses if users should be attacked with Ransomware or Crypto Script. Historically, ransomware attacks have been strictly infecting computers with ransomware. While crypto attacks have been infecting CPU’s with crypto mining scripts. However, hackers have found a way to merge the two attacks, ensuring the highest payment possible. The Rakhni Trojan gives the opportunity for hackers to infect victims with either ransomware or cryptomining scripts, by allowing...

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Preparation is the best defence against a ransomware attack
Preparation is the best defence against a ransomware attack

Imagine how well you’d fare in a cage match with an extremely intimidating opponent. Such a nightmare scenario might seem a bit far-fetched to you. Indeed, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever find yourself trapped and outmatched in the ring in real life - but what about ransomware? But the arena of cyberspace is a different place. It has no shortage of rogues who will prey on you — or, in this...

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Petya
Here’s what we know about what could be the latest Petya ransomware outbreak

A significant ransomware attack called Petya is spreading across Europe, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. What we know right now Victims so far include British advertising agency WPP (WPPGY), Danish shipping firm Maersk, Russian oil/gas company Rosneft and U.S.-based pharmaceutical firm Merck. WPP said on Twitter, “IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack, Peyta.” Maersk announced its IT systems “are down across multiple sites and business units...

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Adylkuzz Malware That Could Spread More Than WannaCry

The last few days have been understandably exhausting for security teams around the globe due to the nasty ransomware WannaCry or WannaCrypt. The malware spread widely using an exploit for a Server Message Block v1 vulnerability (MS17-010) leaked by the ShadowBroker team a few weeks ago. We previously reported on this malware in our blog, and for some reason, you're unfamiliar with it, read about it now before continuing here. Today another malware...

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Protecting Your Organizations from WannaCry Ransomware

Ransomware has become the fastest growing malware threat, targeting everyone from home users to healthcare systems to corporate networks. Tracking analysis shows that there has been an average of more than 4,000 ransomware attacks every day since January 1, 2016. On May 12, FortiGuard Labs began tracking a new ransomware variant that spread rapidly throughout the day. It is a highly virulent strain of a self-replicating ransomware that has impacted such...

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