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Free Ransomware Decryption Site Celebrates Milestone as New Threats Emerge

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As Europol celebrated the fifth anniversary of its anti-ransomware initiative this week, menacing new ransomware threats made it clear that the fight against cyber threats is never-ending.

The EU law enforcement cooperation agency said its No More Ransom website has saved ransomware victims almost a billion Euros with free ransomware decryption tools.

Europol has launched a new, more user-friendly website. Site visitors are greeted with a simple yes/no question: “Need help unlocking your digital life without paying your attackers?” Users who click “Yes” are directed to Crypto Sheriff, a tool that matches available decryptors to the user’s encrypted files. The site also provides guidance on preventing ransomware attacks. The key advice, however, is straightforward: “Paying the ransom is never recommended.”

No More Ransom was founded in 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab. The project now boasts 16 associate partners, including Emsisoft, Trend Micro, Bitdefender, Avast, Bleeping Computer, Cisco, Check Point, Tesorion, McAfee, ESET, CERT_PL, Eleven Paths, KISA, the French Police, and F-Secure.

In total, 170 public and private sector partners have made 121 tools available for free on the site to decrypt 151 ransomware families. Over the past five years, according to Europol, those decryptors have enabled over six million people to recover their files, blocking criminals from earning as much as a billion euros.

“Digitalization … provides us with the space to store hundreds of thousands of different files: pictures of our kids and pets, electronic tickets, projects, important matrixes we have worked on for weeks, archives filled with decades of knowledge and memories,” Europol said in a statement. “Ransomware enables criminals to steal all this in an instant. That is why it is crucial to beware, be aware and protect your digital world.”

Despite Europol’s efforts, ransomware continues to thrive, with several new threats launching in the past few weeks alone.

Haron and Grief: Rebrands or Copycats?

Zscaler researchers recently examined the newly launched Grief malware, also known as Pay. Grief appears to be a rebranding of…

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Ransomware, Security by Design and How to Analyze in Windows With Frida


Getting and staying ahead of threat actors means knowing the cybersecurity landscape. Today, that still often means ransomware and changing the ways and places we work. July’s top stories include a supply chain attack from the REvil ransomware gang and how to fold security into design.

We also have a deep dive into password safety, including common myths from social media. Attackers may not be looking at your tweets. However, elements of social engineering do open up passwords for exploitation in some similar ways. 

This month’s expert insights also involve the state of today’s operational technology (OT) attacks, finding DLL sideloading attacks with the prototype Frida tool Windows Feature Hunter and a new way to execute .NET assemblies. Check out our top advice and news from July. 

Quick Briefs: Top Insights From July

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3 Myths About Threat Actors and Password Safety

Most of us have a little bit of anxiety about social media sharing. Who doesn’t cringe in sympathy (or schadenfreude) at the story of a senator who posted a picture of his password by mistake? As social media involves, keep up to date and refresh yourself on some of the basics around preventing password theft. Plus, see some common myths around password theft aren’t really worth worrying about.

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What Is Domain-Driven Design?

Security review on software design can take months by itself. But what about security-driven design, where the idea that your product might be attacked (or present a weak link) is built in from the beginning? See how domain-driven design can combine security and the business domain that makes your product a worthwhile purchase. It’s the best of both worlds. 

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Your Home Away From Home May Not Be as Cybersecure as You Think

We’ve all heard the warnings about keeping your cybersecurity rigorous while working from home. With luck, people are starting to settle in to their workplace again in 2021, whether that’s at the office or remote. You might even be starting to think about going on vacation, when it’s safe to do. So don’t forget digital safety on the road, too. A chief technology…

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Ransomware attack costs Illinois attorney general's office more than $2.5M – Chicago Tribune

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Ransomware attack costs Illinois attorney general’s office more than $2.5M  Chicago Tribune

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Record 304.7 Million Ransomware Attacks Eclipse 2020 Global Total in Just 6 Months

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  • Ransomware showed massive year-to-date spikes in the U.S. (185%), U.K. (144%)

  • Ryuk, Cerber, SamSam top families of the year, making up 64% of all ransomware volume

  • Government, education, healthcare, retail verticals increasingly targeted by ransomware

  • Up 59% year-to-date globally, IoT malware continues growth since 2018

  • Cryptojacking malware remains a key threat, up 23% year-to-date globally and up 22% in the U.S.

  • SonicWall’s patented RTDMI™ finding more never-before-seen malware than ever, posting a 54% year-to-date increase over the first half of 2020

MILPITAS, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In the first half of 2021, ransomware attacks skyrocketed, eclipsing the entire volume for 2020 in only six months, according to the mid-year update to the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report published today. In a new paradigm for cybercrime, SonicWall is analyzing how threat actors are using any means possible to further their malicious intents.

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Ransomware showed massive year-to-date spikes in the U.S. (185%), U.K. (144%)

With high-profile attacks against established technology and infrastructure, ransomware is now more prevalent than ever. Through the first half of 2021, SonicWall recorded global ransomware volume of 304.7 million, surpassing 2020’s full-year total (304.6 million) — a 151% year-to-date increase.

“In a year driven by anxiety and uncertainty, cybercriminals have continued to accelerate attacks against innocent people and vulnerable institutions,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “This latest data shows that sophisticated threat actors are tirelessly adapting their tactics and embracing ransomware to reap financial gain and sow discord. With remote working still widespread, businesses continue to be highly exposed to risk, and criminals are acutely aware of uncertainty across the cyber landscape. It’s crucial that organizations move toward a modern Boundless Cybersecurity approach to protect against both known and unknown threats, particularly when everyone is more remote, more mobile and less secure than ever.”

Ransomware running rampant
After posting record highs in both April and May, SonicWall recorded another…

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