Posts about Ransomware

Here’s a sentence that hasn't been written too often. It's one that is music to the ears of security pros and the organizations for which they work: "There is some good news about ransomware." Ransomware of course is an existential threat in which a computer or computer system is taken over by hackers who prevent access to files unless a ransom is paid. The good news is that the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said that last year ransomware attacks fell. The reduction was not incidental: 2,673 attacks were reported in 2016 and 1,783 last year ...

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I first coined the term The Lawnmower Man Effect (LME) in my book The Handbook of Personal Area Networking Technologies and Protocols for Cambridge University Press back in 2013. It’s a term that classifies the ability afforded to a new generation of consumers who seek connectivity with anything, at anytime and anywhere. I derived it from the 1992 movie, The Lawnmower Man, starring Pierce Brosnan as the scientist conducting numerous experiments on his simpleton gardener (played by Jeff Fahey) in an attempt to dramatically increase his intelligence ...
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A very scary thing happened last month in California. An entity – perhaps a team in Turkey, though their claim of responsibility can’t be verified – took control of the computer system at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. They encrypted the files for a week and only decrypted them after $17,000 worth of bitcoins were paid, according to International Business Times. Ransomware – encrypting data in a target system and only releasing it when a bounty is paid – is particularly frightening because ...
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