PC World: Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer. “If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.”
The Register: Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back. ” Paying off a ransomware demand is a great way to end up losing both your money and your files. This according a study from security company CyberEdge, which found that for those hit by a ransomware infection the best bet is probably to just restore from a backup. The survey, based on a poll of information security professionals, found that less than half of those who pay a ransom demand end up getting their data back.”
ZDNet: Hit by ransomware? This new free decryption tool for GandCrab might help. “Victims of one the newest – and most unusual – families of ransomware could now be able to recover their files without giving into the demands of criminals because decryption tools have been released for free. A GandCrab ransomware decryption tool has been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative, following a combined operation by Bitdefender, the Romanian Police, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Europol.”
SC Magazine: Researchers find free ransomware variant being distributed on the Dark Web. “Security researchers have identified a ransomware variant that is available for free on the Dark Web and is even unregistered. The discovery comes at a time when the ransomware trade is running on handsome commissions.”
CBR: Ransomware is ‘not a lightning strike’. “Another worrying fact is that your organisation does not have to be cybersecurity negligent for an attack to be successful, everyone is at risk. More than 77 per cent of respondents hit by ransomware said they were running up to date endpoint protection when they were hit. This signals the critical need for innovative approaches to cybersecurity in general.”
The Register: Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!. “Acronis has released a free, standalone version of its Acronis Ransomware Protection with AI-based Active Protection tech. It can be used alongside existing backup and antivirus products on Windows systems.” The software is Windows only, but it is free and doesn’t require any sort of registration to download.
BetaNews: Ransomware happens — get over it and be prepared. “For those of you who have already read a thousand and one rehashes of the same ‘best practices’ to prevent getting infected, here are a couple of thoughts on what to do if someone on your team is unlucky enough to become patient zero at your company.”