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Microsoft has warned of a new type of data stealing Java-based ransomware, dubbed PonyFinal. PonyFinal is what Microsoft describes as “human-operated ransomware” — to distinguish it from commoditized variants that are distributed in an automated way by hackers. The tech giant’s Security Intelligence group revealed in a series of tweets this week that the first
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by Paul Ducklin If you’re a Naked Security Podcast listener, you’ll have heard Sophos’s own Peter Mackenzie telling some fairly wild ransomware stories. Peter works in the Managed Threat Response (MTR) part of our business – in his own words, if your network’s on fire, he’s one of the people who will rush in to
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Ransomware operators had another standout year in 2019, with attacks and ransom demands soaring according to new data from Group-IB. The Singapore-based security vendor claimed that, after a relatively quiet 2018, ransomware was back with a vengeance last year, as attack volumes climbed by 40%. As large enterprises became an increasing focus for attacks, ransom
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In a closely-watched decision today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia published a key decision in the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei Technologies, China’s largest telecommunications company and a frequent target of U.S. policymakers. In its ruling, the court said that the case met the standard for “double criminality,” and thus
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Donald Trump has decided to pick a fight with Twitter after one of his posts on the upcoming election was labelled misleading by the social media platform. The original tweet claimed that Mail-In (postal) ballots during the November Presidential election would be “substantially fraudulent.” The issue has become a partisan one of late, as Democrats
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by Paul Ducklin Apple’s latest iOS versions have only been out for a week. The updates are new enough that Apple’s own Security updates page still lists [2020-05-26T14:00Z] the security holes that were fixed in iOS 13.5 and iOS 12.4.7 as “details available soon”. But there’s a jailbreak available already for iOS 13.5, released by
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The personal details of over 29 million Indian jobseekers have been posted to a dark web site, free for anyone to access. Cybersecurity firm Cyble, which discovered the trove on an unnamed hacking forum, has in turn added the compromised information to its breach notification site AmIBreached. It claimed to have found the posting during