Tag: Ransomware

Charger Ransomware Infiltrated Google Play Store

Researchers discovered a malicious application that contained an Android ransomware known as Charger on the Google Play Store. The cybercriminals reportedly hid the ransomware variant within an application called EnergyRescue, which purported to have battery-saving functionality. However, the malicious application had the capability to steal the victim’s SMS messages and contact list by sending the … More

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Hackers Target MySQL Servers with Ransomware

A researcher discovered hackers are now attacking and hijacking MySQL servers using ransomware. The hackers are deleting the content databases hosted in MySQL servers and replacing the information with a ransom demand of 0.2 Bitcoin or approximately $240 worth, according to reports. The researcher found attackers are using brute-force attacks to target Internet-facing MySQL servers. … More

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Gurnick Academy Instructor Hit by Ransomware

An instructor at the nursing school Gurnick Academy based in San Mateo, California was targeted in a ransomware attack. The attackers reportedly targeted a specific instructor’s computer system with malware and encrypted all files on the drive. Val Paschenko, the IT department manager of Gurnick, said the instructor received a ransom demand of 1 Bitcoin, … More

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Hackers Hit 70 Percent of D.C. Police Camera Network

Hackers reportedly infected 70 percent of storage devices that record and host data from District of Columbia police surveillance cameras. The cybercriminals allegedly infected the devices a little over a week before the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. The D.C. department was forced to carry out a major reinstall process for all infected devices, … More

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Austrian Hotel Hit by Ransomware Attack

Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt in the Austrian Alps was allegedly hit by a ransomware attack and forced to pay a large ransom in Bitcoins to unlock systems. Cristoph Brandstaetter, the owner of the Austrian hotel, told reporters that claims stating hotel guests were locked in their rooms until the ransom was paid are false. However, the … More

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Fake Netflix Free Access App Contains Ransomware

Cybercriminals are spreading a fake Netflix app that contains ransomware and tricks users into downloading the software by promoting free access to the service. The new app is called Netflix Login Generator and is laced with malware known as Netix, which reportedly encrypts the user’s data and demands $100 worth in Bitcoin to unlock files. … More

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Texas Police Office Loses Data over Ransomware Attack

A police department in Cockrell Hill, Texas lost eight years of digital evidence and other data after its systems were hit by a ransomware attack. The Texas police department was hit by a ransomware attack in December 2016, according to reports. The Cockrell Hill office refused to pay the ransom of $4,000 worth in Bitcoin … More

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Ohio County Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cybercriminals targeted the computer systems of Licking County government in Ohio with ransomware forcing the network offline. The ransomware reportedly infected Licking County’s network, websites, phones and computer systems. The county government discovered the attack on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Officials shut off all eligible servers to prevent the ransomware from spreading and preserve county … More

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UK’s Tiverton Town Council Hit by Ransomware

Hackers hit the systems of Tiverton Town Council in the United Kingdom with ransomware and demanded £3,000, or approximately $3,750, to unlock the encrypted files. The cybercriminals sent a Council clerk a spear-phishing email that contained the ransomware payload. The phishing email alleged to be from a parcel delivery firm, according to reports. The email … More

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New Ransomware-as-a-Service Portal on Darknet

Hackers have set up a new Ransomware-as-a-Service portal on the Darknet for buyers to access a ransomware distribution network at an affordable price. The new ransomware service portal is called Ranion, according to researcher Daniel Smith. The researcher allegedly discovered the new Ransomware-as-a-Service site by using a Darknet URL indexing service. The portal displays a … More

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