Tag Archives: ransomware

Why ransomware hackers love a holiday weekend

Enlarge / Gah, don’t you miss unstressed travel? Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images reader comments 10 with 10 posters participating Share this story On the Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend this year, it was meat processing giant JBS. On the Friday before the Fourth of July, it was IT management software company Kaseya and,… Read More »

Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to a “real shooting war”

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo attend a plenary session of a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. reader comments 112 with 70 posters participating Share this story President Joe Biden has warned… Read More »

Haron and BlackMatter are the latest groups to crash the ransomware party

Getty Images reader comments 34 with 29 posters participating Share this story July has so far ushered in at least two new ransomware groups. Or maybe they’re old ones undergoing a rebranding. Researchers are in the process of running down several different theories. Both groups say they are aiming for big-game targets, meaning corporations or… Read More »

Kaseya gets master decryptor to help customers still suffering from REvil attack

reader comments 49 with 37 posters participating Share this story Kaseya—the remote management software seller at the center of a ransomware operation that struck as many as 1,500 downstream networks—said it has obtained a decryptor that should successfully restore data encrypted during the Fourth of July weekend attack. Affiliates of REvil, one of the Internet’s… Read More »

Saudi Aramco confirms data leak after $50 million cyber ransom demand

Enlarge / The Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Hawiyah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, June 28, 2021. Bloomberg | Getty Images reader comments 27 with 23 posters participating Share this story Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, confirmed on Wednesday that some of its company files had been leaked… Read More »

A week after arrests, Cl0p ransomware group dumps new tranche of stolen data

reader comments 33 with 27 posters participating Share this story A week after Ukrainian police arrested criminals affiliated with the notorious Cl0p ransomware gang, Cl0p has published a fresh batch of what’s purported to be confidential data stolen in a hack of a previously unknown victim. Ars won’t be identifying the possibly victimized company until… Read More »

Monero emerges as crypto of choice for cybercriminals

53 Studios | Getty Images reader comments 67 with 44 posters participating Share this story For cybercriminals looking to launder illicit gains, bitcoin has long been the payment method of choice. But another cryptocurrency is coming to the fore, promising to help make dirty money disappear without a trace. While bitcoin leaves a visible trail… Read More »

Ukraine arrests ransomware gang in global cybercriminal crackdown

Enlarge / A Colonial Pipeline facility in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Hackers last month disrupted the pipeline supplying petroleum to much of the East Coast. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story Ukrainian police have arrested members of a notorious ransomware gang that recently targeted American universities, as pressure mounts on global law… Read More »

CD Projekt Red does an about-face, says ransomware crooks are leaking data

reader comments 21 with 17 posters participating Share this story CD Projekt Red, the maker of The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077, and other popular games, said on Friday that proprietary data taken in a ransomware attack disclosed four months ago is likely circulating online. “Today, we have learned new information regarding the breach and now… Read More »

EA source code stolen by hacker claiming to sell it online

reader comments 65 with 54 posters participating Share this story Game-maker Electronic Arts and the Presque Isle Police Department in Maine are responding to an event they had both been dreading: the theft of gigabytes of private data by hackers who breached their Internet-connected networks. In EA’s case, the theft included 780GB of source code… Read More »