Here’s what can go wrong when you pay off your attackers

Companies often say they won’t pay ransomware, no matter what. But the truth is, many often do.  

FBI to ransomware victims: Just pay up

The FBI recently weighed in on the prevalence of malware attacks against users and companies. And their advice was essentially: You’re probably better off just paying the attackers. 

Cisco deals blow to prominent malware provider

Cisco’s Talos unit is saying that it has shut down a serious provider of ransomware. Here’s how. 

3 new developments in ransomware could spell trouble

The cyberattack that holds devices and information for ransom is only getting more popular with attackers. Find out what’s changing in ransomware, and whether your users should actually be concerned. 

‘You’ve reached your hacker, how may I help you?’

A lot of adjectives are thrown around to describe hackers: “brazen,” “devious,” and quite a few we probably shouldn’t repeat on a safe-for-work site. One that you may not expect, however, is “helpful.” 

Got ransomware? These free tools might help

Up until recently, if you were infected with ransomware, chances were you were out of luck. Today, it’s more accurate to say, if you’re infected with ransomware, you’re probably out of luck … but maybe, just maybe, not. 

30% of companies would cave to ransomware pressure

  It’s hard to tell any company what to do when it’s in a no-win situation where its data is being held ransom by hackers. Even though the smartest approach might be to stay strong and not cave to the pressure, when it’s your information at stake, it’s tough to take the moral stand. 

10 business tech predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, just about everybody is making their predictions for what the new year will hold. Some are continuations of trends we’ve already seen and some are brand new and sure to cause headaches. 

CryptoWall: The new ransomware threat

It mimics Cryptolocker, but this malware isn’t the same as the now mostly defunct ransomware. This one, CryptoWall, is spread by ad networks on some popular sites, exposing as many as three million users a day. 

Cryptolocker unlocked: But too late for many

The ransomware that started the craze, Cryptolocker, may be effectively neutralized after two security companies have found a way to unlock encrypted files.