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Avalanche cybercrime ring leader flees after court

Avalanche cybercrime ring leader flees after court

Several days ago, we did a write-up on the international law enforcement effort against a huge online crime network dubbed Avalanche. As a result of this successful global operation, the IT infrastructure of the malware delivery platform in question was shut down. The police were able to seize a total of 39 servers, block at […]

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The Avalanche malware deployment platform taken down

The Avalanche malware deployment platform taken down

Autumn 2016 didn’t end well for the international organized cybercrime. The U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Europol, Eurojust and Ukraine’s Department of Cyber Police, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries, zeroed in on a far-flung malware delivery network dubbed “Avalanche”. This well-orchestrated global operation with headquarters in The […]

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San Francisco MUNI hacker hacked

San Francisco MUNI hacker hacked

Most ransomware deployers manage to stay unidentified because they exercise good OPSEC backed by The Onion Router and Bitcoin. The case of the cybercrook who compromised the computer network of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) last Friday turned out to be the exception rather than the rule. According to Brian Krebs, a well-known […]

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San Francisco MUNI hacked with ransomware

San Francisco MUNI hacked with ransomware

The IT infrastructure of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA), also referred to as Muni, has been suffering a deep ransomware impact since last weekend. The perpetrating program called HDDCryptor, also known as Mamba, hit more than 2,000 machines on Muni’s network. The collateral damage is that the infection disabled the agency’s digital fare […]

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CrySiS ransomware decryptor: decrypt .xtbl and .crysis files

CrySiS ransomware decryptor: decrypt .xtbl and .crysis files

Ransomware operators appear to be realizing the risk of being exposed and prosecuted. This pressure is being heated up by the fairly successful activity of Chainalysis, a relatively new startup aimed at tracking Bitcoin transactions. This initiative may lead to effective attribution of ransomware attacks through chasing the cryptocurrency paid by victims. The breaking news […]

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Decrypt .shit files virus – Shit ransomware removal

Decrypt .shit files virus – Shit ransomware removal

Locky ransomware devs appear to have been really busy rolling out updates to their nefarious extortion product lately. Less than a month after the emergence of the previous “Odin” variant, a brand-new iteration has been discovered that appends the .shit extension to one’s crippled files. Other than the somewhat different filename skewing effect, this version […]

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TeslaCrypt releases Master Decryption Key

TeslaCrypt releases Master Decryption Key

TeslaCrypt, one of the most potent ransomware stains operating since early 2015, has gone extinct. That’s certainly some good news for those who fell victim to it and the thousands of users who could yet be compromised over these sophisticated attacks. TeslaCrypt originally kicked off as a crypto malware campaign that targeted computer gamers but […]

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The Pirate Bay malvertising ransomware

The Pirate Bay malvertising ransomware

Threat actors running the ill-famed Cerber ransomware campaign have recently come up with a new way to distribute their malicious code. The attack vector involves an obfuscated ad script on The Pirate Bay, a well-known torrent resource. Visitors of thepiratebay.se have therefore been exposed to a series of stealthy redirects which led them to gates […]

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Medstar hospital under ransomware attack

Medstar hospital under ransomware attack

Healthcare providers are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals. A series of recent attacks against U.S. hospitals have shown just how vulnerable these types of organizations are in the face of ransomware, a type of aggressive computer malware that encrypts data and extorts a ransom for recovery. Servers of the MedStar healthcare company suffered a compromise […]

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