Wired: A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back

Wired: A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back. “Since the WannaCry ransomware ripped through the internet late last week, infecting hundreds of thousands of machines and locking up critical systems from health care to transportation, cryptographers have searched for a cure. Finding a flaw in WannaCry’s encryption scheme, after all, could decrypt all those systems without any ransom. Now one French researcher says he’s found at least a hint of a very limited remedy.”

MakeUseOf: 12 Tools You Can Use to Help Beat Ransomware

MakeUseOf: 12 Tools You Can Use to Help Beat Ransomware . “Antivirus software is a continually evolving market. It has to be both proactive and reactive to mitigate new and existing threats. Of course, no antivirus can be 100% secure. And threat actors are clever. They are the reason the cybersecurity sector is set to hit $200 billion in 2021. One of the biggest issues facing home users, business, and enterprises alike is ransomware. And while a ransomware infection is notoriously difficult to fight, it isn’t impossible.”

New York Times: With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks

New York Times: With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks. “Four years ago, investigators were pursuing roughly 16 variants of ransomware that were predominantly being used on victims in Eastern Europe. Now there are dozens of types of ransomware, and they are supported by an entire underground industry. And catching and convicting the people responsible is difficult.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP

Putting this up top in case you’re in a situation where you have to use Windows XP: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP. “Microsoft Corp. today took the unusual step of issuing security updates to address flaws in older, unsupported versions of Windows — including Windows XP and Windows 8. The move is a bid to slow the spread of the WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers virtually overnight this week.”

Wired: The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here

Wired: The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here . “A NEW STRAIN of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crises in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England, and gaining particular traction in Spain, where it has hobbled the large telecom company Telefonica, the natural gas company Gas Natural, and the electrical company Iberdrola. You know how people always talk about the Big One? As far as ransomware attacks go, this looks a whole lot like it.”

Naked Security: Ransomware hidden inside a Word document that’s hidden inside a PDF

Naked Security: Ransomware hidden inside a Word document that’s hidden inside a PDF. “SophosLabs has discovered a new spam campaign where ransomware is downloaded and run by a macro hidden inside a Word document that is in turn nested within a PDF, like a Russian matryoshka doll. The ransomware in this case appears to be a variant of Locky. Most antivirus filters know how to recognize suspicious macros in documents, but hiding those document inside a PDF could be a successful way to sidestep it, according to SophosLabs researchers.”