Ransomware


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Oct 2017

Ransom(ware) Notes: Insight into a Growing Cybersecurity Threat

Since the worldwide WannaCry attack in May, the cybersecurity threat of ransomware has only continued to grow. In August, a new strain of the Locky ransomware surfaced, spreading to unsuspecting users through at least 23 million infected emails in a massive malware campaign. Unfortunately, this trend will most likely continue. We turned to senior analyst Lee Tibbals of Sword & Shield’s Security Operations Center to...

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Sep 2017

Social Engineering Q&A: How to Strengthen Your Network Security

As organizations respond to InfoSec threats by hardening their network security, hackers are exploiting softer targets, such as employees and management, to gain access. According to IBM research, in 2016 about 71 percent of reported cyberattacks in the healthcare industry and 57 percent of cyberattacks in the financial services industry depended on the actions of employees who had unintentionally compromised the network security of their...

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Aug 2017

Petya: Cyber Warfare Deception

By Ryan Ernst The following article originally appeared in the August 2017 edition of Gulf Insider online magazine. “All warfare is based upon deception.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War Petya, the global cyberattack launched weeks after the WannaCry ransomware, appeared at first as a new variant of the original 2016 ransomware of the same name.  However, security researchers soon identified significant differences prompting...

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Jul 2017

Reverse Engineering Malware: Using Data Carving in Incident Response

Information security professionals, especially those who serve as “blue teamers” or enterprise defenders, are dealing with an evolving array of malware threats. In the blue team toolkit, one of the most important and difficult techniques is the ability to reverse engineer malware. Joe Gray, enterprise security consultant for Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, writes about his experience learning the techniques of reverse engineering malware using...

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Jun 2017

Petya Ransomware: Older Malware, New Dangerous Techniques

by Joe Gray On June 27, 2017, the world experienced another outbreak of Petya ransomware. This article details the background of this threat and provides information on the new variant, as well as ways to prevent getting infected. Ransomware Background Ransomware is a class of malicious software that takes infected systems hostage and demands a “ransom” to unlock the system or systems. To further complicate...

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15

May 2017

WannaCry Ransomware: Dangerously Different

By Jason Matlock Friday, May 12, 2017, will be remembered for what was the largest ransomware attack in internet history. The world watched as critical systems were affected by a piece of ransomware called WannaCry or Wcry for short. By the time the dust settled, more than 200,000 computers in 150 different countries were infected by WannaCry ransomware. Thanks to a security researcher named MalwareTech,...

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May 2017

WannaCry Ransomware: Protect Yourself with These Steps

By Rick Cantrell By now much of the world has heard about the WannaCry Ransomware attack that hit Friday afternoon and continued to wreak havoc globally into the weekend. Following are details of this threat and what you can do to protect yourself.  The WannaCry Ransomware exploit is attacking a known vulnerability in SMBv1 on Microsoft products. In order to protect yourself, be sure to keep all...

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Aug 2016

Sword & Shield Talks Ransomware in Manufacturing with Trade Magazine

Surveys indicate that manufacturing companies are the most popular target for ransomware comprising 54 percent of all hits. In the KnowBe4 survey other popular targets include: Healthcare – 44 percent Education –  35 percent Technology – 29 percent Banking – 28 percent Sword & Shield Director of Marketing and Programs Raymond Kahre talks with MFRTech about this trend. Please click to read.