TeslaCrypt and CryptoWall bring new approaches to ransomware

Posted by Paul Hanley on Mar 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM

As the saying goes, what’s old is new again, but sometimes what’s new can still be new again.  Enigmatic?  Perhaps, but two programs in the ransomware category are doing their best to prove this.  An old friend that I’ve written about several times now, CryptoWall, is pioneering a new infection vector, while a fresh challenger, TeslaCrypt, is seeking to carve out a new target niche that has been underexploited.  Let’s see why security experts are concerned about these two infectious agents.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Cyber Security

16 Things the Data Loss Gremlins Hate

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

The troublesome data loss gremlins are always plotting devious new ways to destroy your most important data and ruin your day—and your livelihood. As soon as you let down your guard, they’ll sneak up on you with a nasty surprise, like a security breach, a server meltdown, or a devastating fire that will leave you and your customers scrambling to pick up the pieces.

That doesn’t mean you’re totally defenseless, though. Every data loss gremlin has a weakness, something they hate with a passion because it keeps foiling their evil plans. Knowing what these weaknesses are will help you scare off Scratch, Scorch, Klepto, Mal, Mayhem, and Whoopsie Daisy and keep your data safe.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Loss, Cyber Security

Quiz: Which data loss gremlin are you?

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

With World Backup Day right around the corner, we’ve been spending a lot of time here at Intronis talking about the data loss gremlins and the major threats they represent to MSPs and their small business customers.

The problems the data loss gremlins can cause are serious. According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, DC, 93 percent of SMBs that lose data access for 10 or more days are bankrupt in a year.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Loss, Cyber Security

Why MSPs need to change their approach to security in 2015

Posted by Neal Bradbury on Feb 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

With massive data breaches making headlines on a regular basis, like the one that recently affected up to 80 million customers of the health insurance giant Anthem, it’s hard to ignore the fact that data security is becoming increasingly important. Unfortunately, there are still far too many SMBs that don’t understand just how serious the threat is.

Earlier this month, we spoke to a number of small business owners to conduct a little primary research, and virtually all of them were seriously under-aware of the threat of ransomware. Their response pretty much boiled down to, “Well, let’s hope that doesn’t happen to me!”

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Topics: Malware, Cyber Security

It’s Back: CryptoWall Enters a New Generation With Version 3.0

Posted by Paul Hanley on Jan 19, 2015 1:52:55 PM

After several slow months, it seems that the authors of the infamous CryptoWall malware (Win32/Crowti or Trojan.Cryptowall) have re-emerged from wherever they’ve been hiding and have brought another version of their devious malware with them. Dubbed “CryptoWall 3.0” by security blogs and researchers, the new malware contains a number of changes and additions over the previous version.

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Topics: Malware, Cyber Security

KEYHolder malware – The latest ransomware craze

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Dec 10, 2014 3:07:00 PM

A new contender in the ransomware space has burst onto the scene in the last few days. Known as KEYHolder, it follows in the same vein as CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, CryptoDefense, and similar members of the Locker family of malware. 

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Topics: Malware

Shellshock Bash bug: You are safe with Intronis

Posted by Naomi Price on Sep 26, 2014 1:41:00 PM

As many MSPs have already heard, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reported Wednesday that there is a new bug, termed "Shellshock" or "Bash" bug, that is affecting Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OSX.

The vulnerability affects the Unix command shell “Bash” (Bourne Again Shell), which is installed not only on computers, but also on other devices that use a subset of Linux, such as smart locks, cameras, and storage and multimedia devices.

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Topics: Malware

Security experts say Fourth of July malware targeted travel websites

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jul 8, 2014 10:28:00 AM

As the saying goes, timing is everything. That old adage held true for cybercriminals who carefully timed an attack this past weekend to target vacationers shopping for travel reservations leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

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Topics: Malware

Canada's anti-spam email law made a malware risk possible

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jul 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

July 1 was a big day for Canadian businesses. It was this past Tuesday that Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) officially went into effect, legally prohibiting any business from sending any sort of electronic message - including emails, texts, and instant messages - without prior consent from the recipient. 

The new law is meant to curb spam emails, but security experts warned in recent weeks that it may also have unintended consequences, putting many consumers at risk from receiving predatory phishing emails that could install malware.

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Topics: Malware

Alert: Malware tricks users into downloading CryptoLocker

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jun 17, 2014 9:40:00 AM

Reports say cybercriminals are taking advantage of the recent news coverage around CryptoLocker to launch a phishing attack that tricks victims into paying for bogus software.

Bullguard Security says it has identified a spam email campaign that offers a CryptoLocker “decryption tool,” which it claims can restore access to files that CryptoLocker has infected and encrypted.

Attackers are hoping to drum up hysteria from victims who might have heard or read about CryptoLocker recently. The Today Show aired a segment on CryptoLocker just this morning, warning users against opening unfamiliar emails and reporting that several copycats are on the way.

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Topics: Malware

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