Lots of ransomware news this week with 3 new infections, 7 new Jigsaw ransomware variants, 3 new decryptors, a new variant to Nemucod, and an interesting article about the Crysis ransomware. I would like to thank everyone who monitors and analyzes new ransomware infections in Twitter and through other sources.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361 has been released to fast ring and it comes with some nice features and bug fixed. Some of the main improvements include a LastPass extension for Microsoft Edge, native Docker implementation on Windows 10 with Hyper-V containers, Windows Ink improvements, new icons, and Settings improvements.
Netflix has started to send out password reset notifications for those subscribers who have matching account information in recent publicly posted hacked databases. If you receive one of these emails, then your account was compromised at one of the leaked sites, and you should change it immediately.
A new deal is available for 59% off a lifetime subscription to the Hotspot Shield Elite VPN service. This service allows you to use the Internet through a VPN that protects your personal identity and browsing habits. Normally priced at $100.00, this service has been discounted 59% to $39.99 for a lifetime subscription.
It's been a rough week for TeamViewer as many hacked TeamViewer users think they are hiding a compromise in their service. TeamViewer still denies being compromised, but does offer an apology for how they worded some of their press releases. This article also takes a look into the attack methods being reported.
A new variant of the Jigsaw Ransomware was discovered today that appends to the .payms extension to encrypted files. This variant's ransom note is in both English and Spanish and demand $150 USD in order to get your files back. Thankfully, the Jigsaw decryptor was updated to handle this variant.
CryptXXX, or now UltraCrypter, have had a buggy history since they launched. In the latest of a long list of issues, victims are reporting that they are not receiving the decryptor after making a ransom payment. Possibly to resolve these types of issues, the developers have launched a Helpdesk system on their payment site.
A new deal is available for 95% off the Ultimate Java Bundle. This bundle contains 114 hours of training across 14 lectures that teaches you how to build web sites and program in Java. Normally priced at $1,499, this course has been discounted 95% to $69.00.
This week in ransomware brings 3 new ransomware infections (BadBlock, Black Shades, and JuicyLemon), 3 new variants of previously released ransomware infections, and a decryptor by Emsisoft.
A new deal is available for 96% off Microsoft SQL Server Database Administration Certification Training. This bundle contains 49 lectures & 42 hours of content to learn everything you need to know to pass the Microsoft SQL Server 70-464, 70-465, 70-411 and 70-412 certification exams.
A new ransomware called Black Shades Crypter has been released that targets English and Russian speaking victims and accept payments in Bitcoins or Paypal. This ransomware also has the uncommon characteristic of containing strings that taunt security researchers who are analyzing it.
The BadBlock ransomware is a poorly designed infection that not only encrypts your data, but also trashes your system by encrypting required Windows executables. Thankfully, Fabian Wosar of Emsisoft was able to create a decryptor so victims can decrypt their files for free.
In a massive achievement, Mojang has sold over 100,000,000 copies of Minecraft.
A new deal is available for 85% off the The DevOps Hacker Bundle. This bundle contains 13 hours of learning that teaches you how to use tools like Docker and AWS. Normally priced at $199, this course has been discounted 85% to $29.00.
A new update to the CryptXXX Ransomware has made significant design changes to both the ransom notes and the TOR payment site. Previously, CryptXXX just copied the layout and design of CryptoWall. With this recent update, they have now created their own design and template and renamed the decryptor to UltraDeCrypter.
When Paramount decided to claim copyright of the Klingon language, the Language Creation Society and the Randazza Legal Group fought back with a remarkable legal document. Mixed with legal cases, and Klingon phrases, this document makes for a wild and entertaining read for all Star Trek fans.
We had 3 new ransomware infections called BadBlock, Zcrypt, and ODCOC, updates for Zyklon and CryptXXX, and one TeslaCrypt news item this week, but for the most part there was nothing that interesting released.
Today we have three free ebook and whitepaper offers from Wiley, Symantec, and Roguewave. These offers will teach you about current cyber threats, how to protect your network and applications from them, and how to use SSL on your website to keep it more secure.
Yesterday, Microsoft released build 14352 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview to insiders on the fast ring. The highlights of this release are improvements to how Cortana can play music for you, settings timers with updated sticky notes, and a compass on the ruler.
Sometimes you read something and you can't quite believe it and then you read it again and get scared. This is what happened when I read through the United States Government Accountability Office's Report to Congressional Requesters about the need to update aging legacy systems.