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“KillDisk Ransomware Now Targets Linux, Prevents Boot-Up, Has Faulty Encryption” plus 5 BleepingComputer.com

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“KillDisk Ransomware Now Targets Linux, Prevents Boot-Up, Has Faulty Encryption” plus 5 BleepingComputer.com


KillDisk Ransomware Now Targets Linux, Prevents Boot-Up, Has Faulty Encryption

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 07:50 AM PST

Researchers have discovered a Linux variant of the KillDisk ransomware, which itself is a new addition to the KillDisk disk wiper malware family, previously used only to sabotage companies by randomly deleting data and altering files. [...]

Google and Samsung Release Touchscreen-Enabled Chromebook That Runs Android Apps

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 06:00 AM PST

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, held in Las Vegas, USA, Google together with Samsung will be unveiling the next line of Chromebook laptops that also double as a tablet thanks to its new touchscreen and built-in support for running Android apps. [...]

New California Law Makes Ransomware a Standalone Crime

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 03:46 AM PST

On January 1, 2017, a new law went into effect in California that makes ransomware use a standalone crime. Under the new law, a person engaged in ransomware will be convicted of a felony and could be imprisoned up to four years. [...]

Smart Meters Are Laughably Insecure, Are a Real Danger to Smart Homes

Posted: 05 Jan 2017 02:31 AM PST

Most smart meters that are installed, or are soon to be installed, in hundreds of millions of homes around the world are woefully insecure and can be easily hacked by a remote attacker to alter energy consumption levels, hack other smart devices in the user's home, or even cause the meter to explode. [...]

Emsisoft releases a decryptor for version 3 of the Globe Ransomware

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 02:15 PM PST

Fabian Wosar of Emisoft has released a decrypter for version 3 of the Globe Ransomware. This decryptor will decrypt the Globe Ransomware variants that commonly append the .decrypt2017 and .hnumkhotep extensions to encrypted files. [...]

FireCrypt Ransomware Comes With a DDoS Component

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 12:45 PM PST

A new ransomware family named FireCrypt will encrypt the user's files, but also attempt to launch a very feeble DDoS attack on a URL hardcoded in its source code. [...]

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