Tags: ransomware

Malvertising grows faster than advertising

RiskIQ has released its 2016 Malvertising Report (registration required). It shows a significant spike in malvertising across 2016 with growth more than twice that of 2015. This compares to growth in the legitimate online advertising market which was predicted to be less than 10% in 2016. That prediction came from eMarketer back in April 2016.…

Charger demands 0.2 BTC to unlock device

Security vendor Check Point has disclosed that the Charger malware is charging users 0.2 Bitcoin (BTC) to unlock their devices. The ransomware is hidden inside a utility for Android devices called Energy Rescue. The app tells users it will make their battery work longer. It claims to do this by scanning for weak battery cells and…

Ransomware masquerades as CV

Researchers at security vendor Check Point have warned of a ransomware attack targeting HR departments. This attack is currently targeted at German speaking companies and pretends to be a job application. Researchers say that the email comes with two attachments. A covering letter which is a standard PDF and an Excel file containing the GoldenEye variant…

KillDisk ransomware wants $210,000

The threat intelligence team at CyberX has revealed a new version of the KillDisk malware. The malware was responsible for taking out the Ukraine power grid earlier this year. Now it has added ransomware to its arsenal and wants 222 Bitcoins or around $210,000 for the unlock key. The details were unveiled by Phil Neray…

Bitcoin wallets under phishing attacks

OpenDNS Labs has been tracking attacks on Bitcoin wallets over the last few weeks. The details of the attacks were released in a blog on the OpenDNS Labs website. Attacks on Bitcoin wallets are not new. OpenDNS Labs say they saw a similar surge in attacks during the June spike in price for Bitcoin. As…

SecureWorks sees 2017 held to ransom

Managed Security Provider (MSP) SecureWorks has said it expects ransomware threats to keep growing in 2017. This should come as no surprise despite some ransomware owners giving up in 2016. The number of ransomware families released in 2016 more than trebled from the previous year. Ransomware has been so successful in 2016 that the owners of…

Ransomware offers holiday discount

In a blog from Roland Dela Paz, Forcepoint has revealed Cryptxxx Ransomware is offering victims a holiday discount. Hackers were asking for a payment of 1.2 Bitcoin to unlock machines. They have now announced that they will accept, only until New Year’s Eve, a reduced payment of 0.5 Bitcoin per machine. Bitcoin is currently undergoing a surge…

Bitdefender joins No More Ransom

Security vendor Bitdefender has joined the Europol supported No More Ransom project. The goal of the project is to provide free tools for users to help them unlock machines infected by ransomware. Bitdefender is the sixth security vendor to contribute tools to the project alongside Trend Micro and founders Kaspersky and Intel Security (McAfee). Catalin…

Businesses cough up when ransomware hits

IBM has released details from a recent study showing that businesses in the US pay out when hit by ransomware. The details are good news for malware creators who will see this as a reason to increase their attacks. 2016 has seen those responsible for creating the software also develop strong distribution networks. Much of…