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FBI, others crush REvil using ransomware gang’s favorite tactic against it

FBI, others crush REvil using ransomware gang’s favorite tactic against it

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Four days ago, the REvil ransomware gang’s leak site, known as the “Happy Blog,” went offline. Cybersecurity experts wondered aloud what might have caused the infamous group to go dark once more.

One theory was that it was an inside job pulled by the group’s disaffected former leader. Another was that law enforcement had successfully hacked and dismantled the group. “Normally, I am pretty dismissive of ‘law enforcement’ conspiracy theories, but given that law enforcement was able to pull the keys from the Kaseya attack, it is a real possibility,” Allan Liska, a ransomware expert, told ZDNet at the time.

“Rebranding happens a lot in ransomware after a shutdown,” he said. “But no one brings old infrastructure that was literally being targeted by every law enforcement operation not named Russia in the world back online. That is just dumb.”

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/10/fbi-others-crush-revil-using-ransomware-gangs-favorite-tactic-against-it/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim De Chant

What Is RansomCloud, And How Do You Protect Yourself?

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RansomCloud is ransomware designed to infiltrate and encrypt cloud storage. Responsibility for the security of your data isn’t as straightforward as you might think. We tell you what you need to know.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/14472/what-is-ransomcloud-and-how-do-you-protect-yourself/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dave McKay

Android Users, Beware.

We’ve started seeing some almost believable malware, popping up on our Android devices. Remember never to click on ANYTHING that pops up while you’re browsing the web, no matter how much it looks like it came from your operating system or phone vendor.

We got the scary virus warning below clicking on an article on a political website TheHill.com (repeatedly, alternating with another dubious click-hole). It references a “hacking event” with yesterday’s date, and there’s even a 3 minute countdown-to-disaster timer. (HURRY! You better click NOW!) They even throw in the phone model for good measure, and it looks like it could be from Samsung, or a notice of an Android update. Yeah. Could be. But…It isn’t.

Don’t be fooled. Never click on pop ups. When in doubt, just hit BACK.

Free decryption tool to remove REvil ransomware is available

One of the worst types of malicious software that computer users worldwide are plagued with is ransomware. This type of malware encrypts the contents of the user’s computer in an attempt to force the PC owner to pay a ransom to decrypt their hard drive. Anyone impacted by the REvil ransomware can decrypt their machine for free with a master … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/free-decryption-tool-to-remove-revil-ransomware-is-available-17691271/
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A Complete Guide to Not Getting Hacked

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As safe as you might feel sitting at your laptop, happily typing and posting and scrolling, we all know the truth: the internet is actually a giant hellscape full of spies, criminals, ransomware, and all kinds of other dangerous shit.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/a-complete-guide-to-not-getting-hacked-1847400695
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Lucas Ropek

One of the Most Prolific Ransomware Viruses Can Now Be Unlocked Easily

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Kaseya, an IT management software firm, says that it’s obtained the REvil universal decryption key through a “trusted third party.” This should help Kaseya recover data from a July 4th REvil ransomware attack that affected over 1,500 businesses.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93021/one-of-the-most-prolific-ransomware-viruses-can-now-be-unlocked-easily/
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How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends

Run Windows Update and Reboot to make sure the latest patches are installed.

No matter what version of Windows you are running, you need to update NOW. If you are truly paranoid, shutdown your Print Spooler service, and set it to Manual start. You’ll need to start it to print to a network printer, but you will protect your system and network from this serious threat. Check out the article from Digital Trends below.

To Our Customers: If your servers are managed by Proactive Computing, they are already protected from the PrintNightmare threat. But please follow the instructions below to update your Windows PCs and Laptops today.

How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-fix-print-nightmare-on-windows-right-now/

Microsoft warns users to beware of a new ransomware trick

In recent months multiple high-profile large companies in the US have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. In at least two high-profile cases, the company has paid out millions of dollars to the attackers to get their data back. As hackers make more money using ransomware tactics, the incidence of attacks increases. Microsoft is now warning users to beware of phishing … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-warns-users-to-beware-of-a-new-ransomware-trick-24679752/
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Ransomware attacks ‘are here to stay,’ Commerce secretary says

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Sunday that ransomware attacks “are here to stay,” and that businesses should plan accordingly.

“The first thing we have to recognize,” she said, “is this is the reality, and we should assume and businesses should assume, that these attacks are here to stay and, if anything, will intensify. And so just last week the White House sent out a letter broadly to the business community urging the business community to do more.”

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” the former governor of Rhode Island declined to blame Vladimir Putin’s Russia outright in answering a question on whether the Biden administration should look to punish Russia, which is believed to be the source of some or all of these attacks.

“We are evaluating all the options and we won’t stand for a nation supporting or turning a blind eye to a criminal enterprise,” she said. “And as the president has said, we’re considering all of our options.”

She added: “This week when the president meets with Putin and other world leaders, this will be at the top of the agenda.”

In a ransomware attack, hackers seize control of a business or organization’s computer system by exploiting weaknesses in the security system, then lock up the entire system until a “ransom” is paid. Raimondo said one way to stymie international hackers is to approve Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan.

“Certain components of the American Jobs Plan provide for investments to shore up the nation’s cyber infrastructure,” she told Stephanopoulos.

Raimondo argued that the good news in all this was that businesses can make relatively simple changes to protect themselves against such attacks.

“Some very simple steps like two-factor authentication, having proper backups and backup technology, can be enormously helpful against a wide variety of these attacks. So it is clear that the private sector needs to be more vigilant, by the way, including small- and medium-sized companies,” she said.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/06/ransomware-attacks-commerce-secretary-492005
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Cohen

DOJ to Treat Ransomware Hacks Like Terrorism Now: Here’s the Full Memo

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The U.S. Department of Justice plans to take a much harsher tack when pursuing cybercriminals involved in ransomware attacks—and will investigate them using similar strategies to the ones currently employed against foreign and domestic terrorists.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/doj-to-treat-ransomware-hacks-like-terrorism-now-heres-1847027610
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