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Google Chrome: Phishing Scam 'Practically Impossible to Spot' | Fortune.com - 0 views

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    "Indeed, this scam is far subtler. It works like this: fraudsters are able to register domains with characters plucked from various alphabets other than the default Latin script. When displayed, it's all but impossible to tell apart a Greek "O" from a Cyrillic "O" from a Latin "O," for instance."
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'Alarming' rise in ransomware tracked - BBC News - 0 views

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    "There are now more than 120 separate families of ransomware, said experts studying the malicious software.

    Other researchers have seen a 3,500% increase in the criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns."
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Petya ransomware encryption system cracked - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Petya ransomware victims can now unlock infected computers without paying.

    An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up.

    In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key generator to help his father-in-law unlock his Petya-encrypted computer."
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OK, panic-newly evolved ransomware is bad news for everyone | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "And that means that there's now a financial incentive for going after just about anything. While the payoff of going after businesses' networks used to depend on the long play-working deep into the network, finding and packaging data, smuggling it back out-ransomware attacks don't require that level of sophistication today. It's now much easier to convert hacks into cash."
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Ransomware gets a lot faster by encrypting the master file table instead of the filesys... - 0 views

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    "In just a few short years, ransomware -- malware that encrypts all the files on the computer and then charges you for a key to restore them -- has gone from a clever literary device for technothrillers to a cottage industry to an epidemic to a public menace. "
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Ransomware hackers steal a hospital. Again. / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "A month after a hospital in Hollywood was shut down by a ransomware infection that encrypted all the files on its computers and computer-controlled instruments and systems, another hospital, this one in Kentucky, has suffered a similar fate. "
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'Ransomware-as-a-service' discovered on the darknet | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Branded as "Tox", the tool lets anyone, regardless of technical ability, automatically create ransomware: software which encrypts a victim's hard drive and demands payment before decrypting it."
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5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous - 0 views

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    "Excluding mobile operating systems for tablets and smartphones, Windows still owns about 90% of the global computing market, so it's no surprise it remains a prime target for malware. That doesn't mean other operating systems are perfectly safe, however, as they too can prove easy pickings."
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Hacking the Lights Out: The Computer Virus Threat to the Electrical Grid: Scientific Am... - 0 views

  • Last year word broke of a computer virus that had managed to slip into Iran’s highly secure nuclear enrichment facilities. Most viruses multiply without prejudice, but the Stuxnet virus had a specific target in its sights—one that is not connected to the Internet.
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