Tag Archives: Ransomware

Surge In Ransomware Continues In 2020, Targeting Healthcare

The year 2020 could well be described as the Year of Ransomware. Security researchers around the globe who monitor such things have noted a sharp uptick in the use of ransomware this year, with well known threats like REvil, Ryuk, and Maze being the most common variants deployed by hackers. That’s bad enough by itself, […]

Software Crack Sites Are Being Used To Distribute Ransomware

Hackers have long used the lure of software cracks to infect unsuspecting users, but recently, a new group is making waves and finding significant success in using the Exorcist 2.0 ransomware to lock a user’s files and extort them. It’s a nasty combination. The user thinks he’s getting a free unlock for some piece of […]

New Ransomware Targeting NAS Storage Company Devices

Does your business rely on QNAP NAS storage devices? If so, be aware that the company recently issued an advisory, stating that an unknown group of hackers has begun targeting them specifically with ransomware attacks. The advisory reads, in part, as follows: “QNAP Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has found evidence that the ransomware […]

Popular Eyewear Provider Hit By Ransomware Attack

You may not be familiar with the name Luxottica, but the Italian-based eyewear manufacturer is the largest company of its kind in the world. It has popular brands such as Ferrari, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Armani, Coach, and others in its expansive portfolio. Unfortunately, the company recently found itself on the receiving end of a ransomware […]

Corporate Networks Being Targeted By New Ransomware

There’s a new threat actor on the hacking world stage, going by the name “OldGremlin”, and they’re causing some serious damage to corporate networks around the world. The group’s malware campaign seems to have begun back in March of this year (2020) and for the moment, at least, is centered in Russia. Of course, it […]

Carnival Cruise Lines Company Suffers Ransomware Attack

Carnival Cruise lines, reeling since the start of the global pandemic, has a new problem. Recently, the company disclosed that they were the victims of a ransomware attack. Carnival’s disclosure was almost frighteningly uninformative. The company gave no clear indication which of their brands was impacted, how widespread the damage was, how many guest records […]

Remote Workers Are Getting Hit By Ransomware

According to the 2020 Vulnerability and Treat Trends Report, the number of new samples of ransomware increased by a staggering 72 percent during the first half of this year. Hackers around the world have come to increasingly view it as their go-to attack option. As with a great many things in recent months, this trend […]

Garmin Experiences Ransomware Attack Causing Global Outage

Do you make use of a Garmin wearable device? If so, then you’ve probably noticed that your device isn’t working the way you expect it to. That’s because the company is experiencing what there are now describing as a global outage. The notification on the company’s website reads, in part as follows: “We are currently […]

Corporate Internet Users Watch Out For Conti Ransomware

Although you may not be familiar with the name, a strain of ransomware called “Conti” is surging in popularity on the Dark Web and seeing a rapidly growing number of installations, so it’s definitely one to be on guard against. Advanced intel’s Vitali Kremez has been tracking this strain since it first appeared in late […]

Pirated Mac Applications Could Contain ThiefQuest Ransomware

If you have one or more illegal copies of Apple software on your Mac, be aware that there’s a new threat to be concerned about. An info-stealing, data wiping malware strain known as ThiefQuest has been found embedded in torrents of illicit software written for macOS. While ThiefQuest isn’t as commonly seen as some other […]