Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1313 Easy to carry out, difficult to fight against: Why ransomware is booming in 2016
When it comes to tech security threats, 2016 has been the year of ransomware, with numerous high-profile organisations forced to pay ransoms in order to regain access to crucial files and systems after becoming victims of data-encrypting malware. The surge in ransomware even saw the US and Canada issue a rare joint cyber alert in an effort to warn against its dangers.

But ransomware is far from a new phenomenon -- the first instance, dubbed PC Cyborg, was written in 1989 -- so why is it now suddenly booming? There's a combination of factors; one of them is simply that people are becoming more reliant on computers to store files and victims don't want to lose that data, so are often willing to pay a ransom to get it back.
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#1319 Google Chrome, Firefox address bar spoofing vulnerability
#1318 Sage data breach may impact hundreds of business customers
#1317 Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward
#1316 Operation Ghoul: targeted attacks on industrial and engineering organizations
#1315 $2.5 million-a-year ransomware-as-a-service ring uncovered
#1314 FalseCONNECT vulnerability affects software from Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and more
#1313 Easy to carry out, difficult to fight against: Why ransomware is booming in 2016
#1312 LinkedIn sues 100 individuals for scraping user data from the site
#1311 Now data-stealing Marcher Android malware is posing as security update
#1310 VeraCrypt audit under way; email mystery cleared up
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