Kraken Ransomware Upgrades Distribution with RaaS Model

The Kraken ransomware author has released a second version of the malicious code, along with a unique affiliate program on the Dark Web. According to research into Kraken v.2 the new version is being promoted in a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model to underground forum customers, via a video demoing its capabilities. Those interested can complete a […]

Link: https://threatpost.com/kraken-ransomware-upgrades-distribution-with-raas-model/138688/

Maintaining a Pulse: Ransomware in the Healthcare Sector

It seems in media today, the rise of ransomware has plateaued and remained painstakingly prevalent , targeting the most critical of data. Committed through financially motivated efforts, these organizations still wake to the sorrowful sound of their assets being hijacked and held for ransom. So, while new threats such as crypto miner botnets and third-party application exploits drown our feeds, why are we suddenly desensitized to ransomware?
Well, for one, we’re not. Just because ransomware is no longer the flavor of the month in the media and in turn reported less, this doesn’t mean that ransomware is any less prevalent. Small and medium sized organizations are still very active on this front, as they serve to face the threat regularly. In exploring one specific industry as an example, these extortion methods are increasingly aimed towards, is the healthcare sector. A sector that, ridden with legacy systems, an exploding IoT environment, and a few portals for business partners, customers, and employees alike, has enough security projects on their plate. This leaves the time dedicated to ransomware at a general reactive level with only a few occurrences of runbooks and response plans to save the day.
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Link: https://www.ethicalhacker.net/columns/brown/maintaining-a-pulse-ransomware-in-the-healthcare-sector/

Cyber News Rundown: Medicare Data Breach

Reading Time: ~2 min.Data Breach Affects Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week they had discovered malicious activity within their direct enrollment pathway, which connects patients and healthcare brokers. At least 75,000 individuals were affected. The pathway has since been disabled to prevent further exposure. Until the pathway […]
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Link: https://www.webroot.com/blog/2018/10/26/cyber-news-rundown-medicare-data-breach

Bitdefender & Law Enforcement Solve for Multiple Versions of GandCrab with New Decryptor

The wait is over. For victims of GandCrab versions 1, 4 or 5, there is a new decryption tool available from Bitdefender Labs to help you get your life and your data back – for free. Download link and updated information below. GandCrab is on the move. According to a recent article on ZDnet, following […]

Link: https://labs.bitdefender.com/2018/10/bitdefender-law-enforcement-solve-for-multiple-versions-of-gandcrab-with-new-decryptor/

Cyber News Rundown: Voter Records for Sale

Reading Time: ~2 min.2018 Voter Records for Sale As the United States midterm elections draw closer, concern surrounding voter information is on the rise, and for good reason. Records for nearly 35 million registered voters from 19 different states were found for sale on a hacker forum, with prices ranging from $500 to $12,500, depending on the state. […]
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Link: https://www.webroot.com/blog/2018/10/19/cyber-news-rundown-voter-records-sale/

Podcast: A Utility Ransomware Attack Post-Hurricane

A “critical water utility” was hit by a recent ransomware attack, significantly impeding the service in the week after Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the U.S. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) said in a Monday release that a “sophisticated ransomware attack… has left the utility with limited computer capabilities.” While customer data […]

Link: https://threatpost.com/podcast-a-utility-ransomware-attack-post-hurricane/138391/