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Ransomware threat on the rise as ‘almost 40% of businesses attacked’

Security firm Malwarebytes surveyed 500 companies in four countries and found one-third of victims lost revenue as a result of an attack

Hackers preying on US companies send the cash to China and Hong Kong

This scam is so elusive, it almost happened to a well-respected cybersecurity company, Malwarebytes. Last year, the company’s CFO got multiple emails that appeared to come from the company’s CEO, Marcin Kleczynski, asking him to pay a vendor bill of $52,140.60.

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UPDATE: Prepare for trouble: Pokemon Go sparks privacy issues, malware and muggings

Pokemon GO trainers should prepare for trouble and make it double after researchers spotted villains using the app to steal more than pocket monsters and even raising privacy issues within the app itself.


Apple backdoor malware steals the keys to your kingdom

Researchers from Malwarebytes note that Eleanor is only the second “true” piece of malware that has been discovered in the wild specifically tailored to Mac systems (the first being the KeRanger ransomware).

New Mac Malware ‘Eleanor’ Hijacks Facetime, Emails And More

Researchers at Malwarebytes have also been following the Eleanor backdoor and reported the infected app to MacUpdate on Tuesday. While the company did not readily respond, by Wednesday morning, the app was no longer available on MacUpdate.


After hiatus, in-the-wild Mac backdoors are suddenly back

After taking a hiatus, Mac malware is suddenly back, with three newly discovered strains that have access to Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

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419 scam entices with lottery win

A new phishing campaign, purportedly from a family foundation, offers “randomly selected” individuals a million pounds ($1.3 million) – if they provide personal details, according to a blog post from Malwarebytes Labs.


Nascar Team Crippled by Ransomware Attack

A leading Nascar team has become the latest organization to suffer a crippling ransomware attack, after being hit by the notorious TeslaCrypt variant.

The attack on Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) effectively rendered unusable all mission critical track data, as well as info on test facilities and personnel information.

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NASCAR team falls victim to ransomware, pays ransom

The team fell victim to ransomware in April this year, paid to get the decryption key, and successfully decrypted its encrypted files.

“Three company computers, all of which held Winston’s data, were recently infected by TeslaCrypt ransomware and the perpetrators demanded that the CSLFR team pay a ransom within 48 hours or their data would be gone forever,” AV outfit Malwarebytes explained.

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

NASCAR, America’s favorite no-right-turn racing format, has joined the growing ranks of people hit by, and paying out to fix, ransomware.

The Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) has admitted paying off ransomware runners after one of its main test computers got infected with Truecrypt malware. The laptop was quickly isolated, but left the team’s crucial test data locked up two days before a big race.