Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#1611 The Reign of Ransomware (PDF)
By the end of 2015, we predicted that 2016 would be the Year of Online Extortion. This particular forecast was influenced by the proliferation of stolen data from data breach incidents used for online extortion, and an increasing number of similar online threats.

True enough, the first half of 2016 witnessed a surge of ransomware attacks launched against a variety of industries. During the first half of 2016 we blocked and detected almost 80 million ransomware threats. The rapid rise of ransomware cases could be a clear indication of ransomware’s effectiveness in granting cybercriminals the satisfaction of easy monetary reward. With the rising number of ransomware cases and more enterprises continuously losing money and opting to pay ransom, we believe that the Reign of Ransomware will stay prevalent.
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#1617 FruityArmor APT group used recently patched Windows zero-day
#1616 Mobile applications leak device, location data
#1615 This ransomware is now one of the three most common malware threats
#1614 Locky ransomware learns new evasive tricks
#1613 3.2 million debit cards compromised; SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI, YES Bank and Axis worst hit
#1612 Weebly confirms hack; millions of Foursquare accounts also exposed
#1611 The Reign of Ransomware (PDF)
#1610 Cisco ASA software identity firewall feature buffer overflow vulnerability
#1609 “Most serious” Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit
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