SC Magazine: Locky makes a strong comeback, propelled by botnet-fuel spam campaign

SC Magazine: Locky makes a strong comeback, propelled by botnet-fuel spam campaign. “Reports have been pouring in this month about the sudden return of Locky ransomware, which had been largely dormant in 2017. In short order, researchers have discovered two new major versions of Locky being distributed via voluminous malspam campaigns.”

eWeek: The True Cost of Ransomware is Much More Than Just the Ransom

eWeek: The True Cost of Ransomware is Much More Than Just the Ransom. “In a ransomware attack, an attacker is able to install malware that encrypts data on a victim’s system. The victimized system will then have a message on it, instructing the user to pay the ransom, in order to decrypt the data. While ransom payments are a core part of the ransomware model, they are likely the smallest financial component in terms of the actual impact that organizations face in the aftermath of an attack.”

Wordfence: Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat

Wordfence: Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat . “Recently, the Wordfence team has seen ransomware being used in attacks targeting WordPress. We are currently tracking a ransomware variant we are calling ‘EV ransomware.’ The following post describes what this ransomware does and how to protect yourself from being hit by this attack.”

CNET: Ransomware shuts down 1 in 5 small businesses after it hits

CNET: Ransomware shuts down 1 in 5 small businesses after it hits. “When it comes to ransomware, it only takes one person to cripple the kingdom. That’s the assessment of cybersecurity company Malwarebytes, which has found as many as one third of small-to-medium-sized businesses were hit by ransomware last year, and that ‘the human factor’ is increasingly behind large-scale outages.”

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.”