This week we have 3 new ransomware variants, 2 new ransomware infections, and 4 new ransomware decryptors. Stampado finally popped its head out of its hole, but was quickly squashed and a slew of new decryptors were released. Overall, a good week for the good guys.
For about a week since Stampado was discovered being sold on the darkweb for the cheap price of $39 USD, no samples were available. That changed today when two samples of Stampado appeared on VirusTotal. It is currently unknown if these samples are from a live distribution campaign or were submitted by the distributor/developer to te
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AVG has released a decryptor for the Bart Ransomware infection, which stores your files in password-protected zip files. Created by the same actors behind Dridex and Locky, Bart Ransomware will password protect a victim's data without communicating with a command & control server.
Version 52.0.2743.82 of Google Chrome was released today that contains 48 security fixes. Of those 48 fixes, 17 were highlighted as coming from external sources and being eligible for a bounty for their disclosure.
A decryptor has been released by ransomware expert BloodDolly that will can decrypt files encrypteby the ODCODC Ransomware. Though the Command & Control servers are no longer active, many ransomware victims do not pay the ransom and hold on to their encrypted files in the hope that a decryptor can be created.
A new ransomware has been discovered by AVG malware analyst @JakubKroustek called HolyCrypt. This ransomware is written in Python and compiled into a Windows executable using PyInstaller. This allows the developer to distribute all of the necessary Python files as a single executable.
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As the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update grows nearer, Microsoft has made some free offers available in the Windows 10 store. These offers include new game features, contests, a free movie rental, and four free months of free music with Microsoft Groove.
A new variant of the CryptXXX ransomware has been released that is not only modifying the extension of encrypted files, but is now renaming the entire file. When installed, my file's names were completely scrambled to a seemingly random filename and extension.
Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14393 to insiders on the fast ring. This build only fixes a few things, with most of the improvements and fixes geared towards mobile. Of special note is the resolving of an issue that was causing battery drain on older devices like the Lumia 535, 640, 735, 830, and 930.
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Today apple released updates for their core platforms, which include iTunes, iOS, Safari, OS X El Capitan, tvOS, and watchOS. Since these products contain shared code, many of the same vulnerabilities exist within multiple Apple products. The good news is that fixing the vulnerability in one product, also resolves it the other ones.
A new version of the Petya disc-encrypting ransomware has been released that fixes a bug in its encryption algorithm. This bug used to be exploited, but with the implementation fixed, it may prevent these weakness from being exploited.
The ransomware devs are taking a break during the summer as new ransomware has slowed down. This week we have 2 new variants of existing ransomware, the discovery of a new ransomware being sold on the dark web, increased distribution of WildFire Locker, and the release of free decryption keys for certain variants of CryptXXX.
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Today Adobe released a mammoth security update for their Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat and Reader, and Adobe XMP Toolkit for Java products. When you combine the vulnerabilities released for the three products, there are 83 exploits fixed, with almost all of them allow remote code execution.
Free keys are only being offered for certain versions of CryptXXX, namely the variants that add the .Crypz and .Cryp1 extensions to encrypted files. All other versions are not receiving the decryption key for free. If you are infected with these variants of CryptXXX, you should log in and get your free key before they fix it.
Microsoft keeps pushing out new preview builds of Windows 10 as they gear up for the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2nd. This latest release is build 14388 of Windows 10 for mobile and PC and is currently available to insiders on the fast ring.
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