Experts crack nasty ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A nasty piece of ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights contains a fatal weakness that allows victims to decrypt their data without paying the hefty ransom. When it came to light two weeks ago, Petya was notable because it targeted a victim's entire startup drive by rendering its master boot ...

PETYA Crypto-ransomware Overwrites MBR to Lock Users Out of Their Computers

Friday, March 25th, 2016

As if encrypting files and holding them hostage is not enough, cybercriminals who create and spread crypto-ransomware are now resorting to causing blue screen of death (BSoD) and putting their ransom notes at system startup—as in, even before the operating system loads. Imagine turning on your computer and instead of ...

Pwn2Own 2016: Chrome, Edge, and Safari hacked, $460,000 awarded in total

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Once again, major browsers fell at the two-day security contest Pwn2Own. Security flaws in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari were all successfully exploited. A total of $460,000 was awarded for 21 vulnerabilities across the three browsers as well as Windows, OS X, and Flash. Last year’s total was ...

When security products make systems less secure

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

There has been an increase in reports pf security products recently which make user systems less secure when they are installed, used or even just present on the system. Many antivirus companies have added tools and products to their security programs in recent years to increase the perceived value of the ...

Zero-Day Attack Compromises a Half-Million Web Forum Accounts

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Forum software-makers vBulletin and Foxit Software may have been breached by a hacker claiming to have made off with personal data belonging to some 479,895 users between the two. “Coldzer0” said in a post co-authored with @Cyber_War_News that he exploited the same zero-day vulnerability for both domains, and was able to ...