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IoT Devices: The Gift that Keeps on Giving… to Hackers

McAfee Advanced Threat Research on Most Hackable Gifts You’ve probably noticed the recent increase in Internet connected drones, digital assistants, toys, appliances and other devices hitting the market and maybe even showing up in your own home. The sale of these “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) devices is expected to reach 600 million units this year and, unfortunately, …

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Crash Override Malware Can Automate Mass Power Outages

Some cyberattacks take a device offline, some take companies offline, and some take entire power grids down. Now, the potential for the latter exists, as a new malicious software has emerged that is capable of causing power outages by ordering industrial computers to shut down electricity transmission. It’s named Crash Override, or Industroyer, and it’s actually the …

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Jigsaw Resurrected

Over the past few weeks there has been an uptick on one dark net forum on the selling of the Jigsaw ransomware. Some may know Jigsaw as BitcoinBlackmailer, CrytoHitMan, Invisible Empire, BitcoinStealer, or Epic. A quick look on the online malware analysis site VirusTotal also shows a higher than usual rate of submissions in the …

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Cybercriminals Piggyback on Petya Ransomware

It looks like cybercriminals are dedicated to “keeping it in the family.” Petya Ransomware,  a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) portal available on the Dark Web to rent, now has a new offspring. That offspring comes in the form of a heavily modified and “unauthorized” version called PetrWrap. For starters, Petya itself is particularly vicious, as it not …

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‘Popcorn Time’ Ransomware Sure to Cause Indigestion

In early December the new ransomware “Popcorn Time” was discovered. It gives the victim the option of paying the ransom or infecting two other individuals and getting them to pay. “Popcorn Time” is a legitimate application for streaming movies and series. The ransom note gives the victim seven days to choose either option or the …