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May 18, 2016

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Crypto-Ransomware

Ransomware as a Service?

Yes, cyber criminals are using this technique because it is easy, and has a good ‘ROI’.

Even cyber criminals are time conscious and use techniques that work. Ransomware will continue to get worse, become more stealthy, and recently the cybersecurity community has continued to see cyber criminals improve their coding instructions making it near impossible to decrypt. The Locky malware that is targeting millions of computers is an example of this crypto-ransomware. Ransomware is not new and has been around for a few years targeting hospitals, local governments, small/large businesses, and even law enforcement agencies. This is a very serious threat to your business and it should be prioritized.

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March 8, 2016

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KeRanger: New Mac OS X Ransomware

Yes, even Apple Macs are prone to getting malware, but this new malware identified over the weekend by Palo Alto Networks requires a set of unique circumstances. First, the ransomware infected the Transmission BitTorrent client-side installer for Mac OS X on the Transmission BitTorrent website. Palo Alto has named this ransomware “KeRanger”. At first look, it would appear that the website may have been compromised and the attackers uploaded the malicious version to replace the legitimate, open source version. For our readers that may not be familiar with bitorrent, it is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol for sharing files and large amounts of data. BitTorrent clients have legitimate and illegitimate purposes. Wikipedia has an animated GIF to demonstrate this concept. This ransomware was signed with a valid Apple developer certificate, which is troubling and is believed to have been stolen. Apple has since revoked this certificate, so if you attempt to open the Transmission app it will warn you. You should Trash the .app

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