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Microsoft teams up with law enforcement and other partners to disrupt Gamarue (Andromeda)

Microsoft teams up with law enforcement and other partners to disrupt Gamarue (Andromeda)

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Today, with help from Microsoft security researchers, law enforcement agencies around the globe, in cooperation with Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), announced the disruption of Gamarue, a widely distributed malware that has been used in networks of infected computers collectively ... continue reading
Ransomware 1H 2017 review: Global outbreaks reinforce the value of security hygiene

Ransomware 1H 2017 review: Global outbreaks reinforce the value of security hygiene

Security
In the first six months of 2017, ransomware threats reached new levels of sophistication. The same period also saw the reversal of a six-month downward trend in ransomware encounters. New ransomware code was released at a higher rate with increasing ... continue reading
Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

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Multiple high-profile incidents have demonstrated that ransomware can have catastrophic effects on all of us. From personally losing access to your own digital property, to being impacted because critical infrastructure or health care services are unexpectedly unavailable for extended periods ... continue reading
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World Backup Day is as good as any to back up your data

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In today’s security landscape, there are more threats to data than ever before. Beyond corruption caused by hardware or human failure, malware and cyberattacks can put data in serious danger. That’s why it’s imperative for enterprises, small-and-medium businesses, and individuals ... continue reading
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Ransomware operators are hiding malware deeper in installer packages

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We are seeing a wave of new NSIS installers used in ransomware campaigns. These new installers pack significant updates, indicating a collective move by attackers to once again dodge AV detection by changing the way they package malicious code. These ... continue reading
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Ransomware: A declining nuisance or an evolving menace?

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The volume of ransomware encounters is on a downward trend. Are we seeing the beginning of the end of this vicious threat? Unfortunately, a look at the attack vectors, the number of unique families released into the wild, and the ... continue reading
Ransomware encounters on enterprise endpoints

Averting ransomware epidemics in corporate networks with Windows Defender ATP

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Microsoft security researchers continue to observe ransomware campaigns blanketing the market and indiscriminately hitting potential targets. Unsurprisingly, these campaigns also continue to use email and the web as primary delivery mechanisms. Also, it appears that most corporate victims are simply ... continue reading
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No slowdown in Cerber ransomware activity as 2016 draws to a close

Security
As everybody else winds down for the holidays, the cybercriminals behind Cerber are busy ramping up their operations. Following our discovery of a spam campaign that takes advantage of holiday shopping, we found two new campaigns that continue distributing the ... continue reading
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Been shopping lately? Fake credit card email can spook you into downloading Cerber ransomware

Security
As the shopping sprees become increasingly frenetic during holiday season, it’s hard not to worry about how much credit card debt we’re piling. Some of us rely on email notifications from our banks to track the damage to our finances ... continue reading