‘Ransomware’ is lurking – this is how you can save your startup

APACYour Story — Earlier this year, hackers took control of computer system of three banks and a pharmaceutical company. They then demanded a ransom in exchange for decryption keys. It was no usual attack, but the dreaded LeChiffre ransomware. To encrypt files, the hackers demanded one bitcoin each (around Rs 30,000) per computer for a total running into millions of dollars.


Attackers use Hacking Team exploit to drop ransomware, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Attackers are actively using an exploit leaked last year from Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team to install ransomware that locks users out of their Android devices, researchers have discovered. Security vendor Blue Coat and Zimperium analyst Joshua Drake have identified an exploit kit that executes malicious Javascript via booby-trapped advertisements, installing the Cyber.police or Dogspectus ransomware.


New cyber threats target Wairarapa

New ZealandStuff NZ — A Masterton business has the dubious distinction of being one of the first companies in Asia-Pacific to be targeted by a new type of cyber attack. Technology Solutions security expert Stephen Polley says cyber attacks on local businesses and individuals have been ramping up recently with crypto-ransomware incidents being reported in Wairarapa at a rate of about one a week.


Mac ransomware caught before large number of computers infected

APACChannel News Asia — Channel News Asia — REUTERS: The first known ransomware attack on Apple Inc’s Mac computers, which was discovered over the weekend, was downloaded more than 6,000 times before the threat was contained, according to a developer whose product was tainted with the malicious software. Hackers infected Macs with the “KeRanger” ransomware through a tainted copy of Transmission, a popular programme for transferring data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing network.


Apple Mac users targeted in first known ransomware campaign, from AU

AustraliaApple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Mac computers using ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks have revealed. Ransomware encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.


Ransomware was main mobile malware in 2015

APACTelecom Asia — Mobile ransomware was the most popular form of mobile malware in 2015 as the mobile threat landscape became more active, according to a study fromBlue Coat Systems. During the year the world of mobile ransomware grew dramatically, with advanced cryptographic malware such as SimpleLocker being adapted for mobile devices.


Ransomware attacks on Aussie businesses jump four-fold

AustraliaIT News — The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 2015 business survey has uncovered a dramatic surge in the rate of ransomware attacks over the last two years. The ACSC, in partnership with CERT Australia, today published the findings of a survey of 149 Australian businesses on cyber security experiences in the past year. The pair did not name the respondents involved, but described the cohort as “major Australian businesses that partner with CERT Australia, and that underpin the social and economic welfare of Australia”.


‘India ranks 3rd in Asia when it comes to ransomware attacks’

IndiaZee News — Sharing its security prediction in 2016, the US software security firm Symantec Corporation — that produces software for security, storage, backup and availability — said India receives ransomware attacks with over 60,000 attacks per year or 170 malware attacks per day. Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system.


India ninth most impacted by ransomware attacks: Symantec

IndiaIndia Times — DELHI: India ranks ninth globally, after countries like the US, Japan, Canada and Russia, in terms of ransomware attacks, security software firm Symantec today said.  While the number of such attacks are rising globally, there could be a further spurt in the numbers as more devices, including wearables get connected to the Internet, Symantec said in a report.