Category: Trojan-Ransomware

nastiest-of-all-ransomware-mamba-encrypts-entire-hard-drive-3Ransomware is indeed a growing threat for anything that is connected to the Internet but what Brazil-based security firm Morphus Labs has discovered has surpassed all previous discoveries in this domain. Yes, the IT security researchers at Morphus Labs have discovered a ransomware malware that’s not only locking up victims’ files but also encrypting their hard drives. Mamba ransomware is attacking computer around the globe; it is a Windows-based ransomware that was discovered to be infecting computers in Brazil, India and the United States.

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https://www.hackread.com/mamba-ransomware-encrypts-hard-drive/

malware-usb-driveAustralia’s Victoria Police Force has issued a warning regarding unmarked USB flash drives containing harmful malware being dropped inside random people’s letterboxes in the Melbourne suburb of Pakenham. It seems to one of the latest tactics of cyber criminals to target people by dropping malware-laden USB sticks into their mailboxes, in the hope unsuspecting users will plug the infected devices into their personal or home computers. The warning, published on the official website of the Victoria Police, one of Australia’s state police departments, reads: “Members of the public are allegedly finding unmarked USB drives in their letterboxes. Upon inserting the USB drives into their computers victims have experienced fraudulent media streaming service offers, as well as other serious issues [malware]. The USB drives are believed to be extremely harmful and members of the public are urged to avoid plugging them into their computers or other devices.”The warning comes after a recent flood of reports from residents in the suburb of Pakenham who found compromised unmarked drives in their mailboxes and inserted them into their computers.

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http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/usb-malware.html

 

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, a man walks past the European police agency Europol in The Hague, Netherlands. The head of European Union police organization Europol said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)The European Police agency Europol has joined forces with police and cyber security companies to launch a worldwide initiative to combat and tackle together the exponential growth of Ransomware used by cyber criminals.

Europol announced today the initiative, dubbed NO More Ransom, that has been backed by technology giant Intel, cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab and the Netherlands police, aiming at decreasing an “exponential” rise in Ransomware threat.

Ransomware is a piece of malware that typically locks victim’s device using encryption and demands a fee to decrypt the important data. The estimated number of ransomware victims tripled in the first quarter of this year alone.

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http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/ransomware-decrypt-tool.html

Ransomaware-virus-Shuts-Down-ElectricRansomware has become an albatross around the neck, targeting businesses, hospitals, and personal computers worldwide and extorting Millions of Dollars. Typical Ransomware targets victim’s computer encrypts files on it, and then demands a ransom — typically about $500 in Bitcoin — in exchange for a key that will decrypt the files. Guess what could be the next target of ransomware malware? Everything that is connected to the Internet.There is a huge range of potential targets, from the pacemaker to cars to Internet of the Things, that may provide an opportunity for cybercriminals to launch ransomware attacks. Recently, the American public utility Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has announced that the company has become a victim of Ransomware attack that knocked the utility’s internal computer systems offline.

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http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/power-ransomware-attack.html

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Ransomware has risen dramatically since last few years and is currently one of the most popular threats on the Internet. The Ransomware infections have become so sophisticated with the time that victims end up paying ransom in order to get their critical and sensitive data back. But if you are infected with Petya Ransomware, there is good news for you. You can unlock your infected computer without paying the hefty ransom. Thanks to the Petya author who left a bug in the Ransomware code.

Petya is a nasty piece of ransomware that emerged two weeks ago and worked very differently from any other ransomware. The ransomware targets the victims by rebooting their Windows computers, encrypting the hard drive’s master boot file, and rendering the master boot record inoperable.

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http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/ransomware-decrypt-tool.html

 

Researchers at IBM have disFranken-Trojancovered a new piece of malware that has stolen $4 million from more than 24 American and Canadian banks in just a few days.

Numerous credit unions and popular e-commerce platforms were also said to have been targeted.

IBM said that the hackers combined code from two malware types, known as Nymaim and Gozi, to create the unholy hybrid dubbed GozNym—a franken-trojan, if you will.

“Cyber criminals have specialties just like their white-hat counterparts. By taking bits of code from different pieces of malware, they are able to create their malicious payload quicker than writing everything from scratch,” said Travis Smith, senior security research engineer at Tripwire, via email. “This will reduce their time to exploit and increase potential profits from criminal activity.”

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http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/frankentrojan-steals-4m-from-north/