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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1463 Ransomware getting more targeted and expensive
I shared a meal not long ago with a source who works at a financial services company. The subject of ransomware came up and he told me that a server in his company had recently been infected with a particularly nasty strain that spread to several systems before the outbreak was quarantined. He said the folks in finance didn’t bat an eyelash when asked to authorize several payments of $600 to satisfy the Bitcoin ransom demanded by the intruders: After all, my source confessed, the data on one of the infected systems was worth millions — possibly tens of millions — of dollars, but for whatever reason the company didn’t have backups of it.

This anecdote has haunted me because it speaks volumes about what we can likely expect in the very near future from ransomware — malicious software that scrambles all files on an infected computer with strong encryption, and then requires payment from the victim to recover them.
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#1468 BkSoD by ransomware: HDDCryptor uses commercial tools to encrypt network shares and lock HDDs
#1467 Pay-to-click ad service hacked, 6.6M plaintext passwords dumped
#1466 Cisco patches critical WebEx meetings server vulnerability
#1465 Signal bug lets attackers tamper with encrypted messages—patch now
#1464 Neverquest trojan gets big summer update
#1463 Ransomware getting more targeted and expensive
#1462 DualToy Windows trojan attacks Android and iOS Devices
#1461 Google is giving you $200,000 to hack the Nexus 6P and 5X
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