Wired: A Clever New Tool Shuts Down Ransomware Before It’s Too Late

Wired: A Clever New Tool Shuts Down Ransomware Before It’s Too Late . “Called ShieldFS, the team’s innovation isn’t a broad antivirus platform, but that’s by design. Instead, it’s a targeted feature that scans only for ransomware attacks. By keeping the scope narrow, the project could focus on identifying the unique cryptographic behaviors of ransomware, which enables ShieldFS to detect not only known types, but also any new attacks that act in a ransomware-like manner.”

The Verge: San Francisco’s biggest public radio station has been battling ransomware for over a month

The Verge: San Francisco’s biggest public radio station has been battling ransomware for over a month. “For the last month, San Francisco’s KQED has been recovering from a massive ransomware attack, the station revealed today to The San Francisco Chronicle. The infection began on June 15th, but more than a month later, many crucial systems remain offline at the National Public Radio member-station.”

The Register: For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

The Register: For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware. “Ransomware dominated the threat landscape last year even though file-encrypting nasties made up less than one in a hundred examples of different Windows malware during 2016. The mode of action and damage created by file-encrypting trojans makes them a much greater threat than implied by a consideration of the numbers, according to a study by security testing outfit AV-Test.”

Mashable: A new tool will check if you’re vulnerable to the hack that brought down computers across the globe

Mashable: A new tool will check if you’re vulnerable to the hack that brought down computers across the globe. “WannaCry paralyzed hospitals. NotPeya crashed banks. But how to know if you’re vulnerable to the stolen National Security Agency exploit that fueled two major cyber attacks and helped bring down computers across the globe? Thankfully, a new tool has your back. “

Ars Technica: Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse

Ars Technica: Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse. “Tuesday’s massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee. Now, some researchers are drawing an even bleaker assessment—that the malware was a wiper with the objective of permanently destroying data.”

The Next Web: Massive ransomware attack is causing chaos in airports, banks and more worldwide

The Next Web: Massive ransomware attack is causing chaos in airports, banks and more worldwide. “A massive ransomware attack – dubbed Petya – is causing havoc at airports, banks and many other institutions across Europe. It remains unclear who is behind the attack, but Moscow-based security firm Group-IB told Reuters it appears to be a coordinated effort simultaneously targeting victims in Russia and Ukraine. The exact extent of the raid is yet to be determined, but some speculate it could be bigger than WannaCry.”