Ransomware

Acer Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack, Hackers Demand $50 Million

According to Bleeping Computer (via Engadget), a hacker collective known as REvil has gained access to Acer's private company network and is holding sensitive data hostage for $50 million USD. The ransomware attack may have been orchestrated by exploiting one of four Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities that Microsoft recently publicized the existence of and also released...

Ransomware Cyberattack Hits Canon, Allegedly Steals Over 10TB Data

Canon has allegedly been hit by a Maze ransomware cyberattack which has impacted the company's email, Microsoft Teams, US website, and other internal applications. According to BleepingComputer, the attack has also resulted in over 10TB of stolen data. The source notes that image.canon site suffered an outage on July 30th, 2020, and over six days, the site would...

Microsoft Releases Anti-Ransomware Patches for Windows XP, Windows 8

Following a recent ransomware outbreak, which used a newly revealed weakness in Microsoft’s Windows to spread faster than ever before, Microsoft has released security patches for unsupported Windows XP and Windows 8 operating systems to help defend against these ransomware attacks. According to The Guardian, the weakness was first discovered by the NSA, and then stolen...

Apple Shuts Down “KeRanger” Mac OS X Ransomware

The first, fully-functional ransomware targeting Mac computers called “KeRanger" has been permanently shut down by Apple, TechCrunch is reporting. First reported by researchers at Palo Alto Networks, this ransomware can encrypt the data on a Mac so the user can no longer access it. After that, the hackers ask the user to pay them in digital currencies...

First Known OS X Ransomware Found in Transmission BitTorrent Client

Users of BitTorrent client app Transmission became the first reported victims of Mac ransomware this week. Users who downloaded infected versions of the app also received "KeRanger" malware, Reuters says, nefarious software that would encrypt a user's hard drive three days after being installed and demand payment to unlock the data. Ransomware has hit headlines in recent...