Critical ransomware cracked … for free

Things were looking pretty bleak for those who were infected by Petya ransomware. But an anonymous infosec pro has come up with a way to defeat the ransomware that prevented computers from booting up. 

4 ways ransomware can get into your systems right now

Much of the conversation on ransomware revolves around what happens after an attack is successful. But there are actually ways you can prevent it in the first place. A good first step: Patch these four known vulnerabilities immediately. 

Ransomware is a $24 million a year industry – and growing

According to the FBI, ransomware attacks took a huge financial toll in 2015. And one group is saying that 2016 will be “the year ransomware holds America hostage.” Find out what you can do to keep from falling victim. 

The group most likely to be hit with ransomware

Not all targets are created equal, it would seem. New research finds that when it comes to ransomware, government agencies are most at risk of serious attacks. 

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.