A Disaster Averted—Our Battle With Cryptolocker

Introduction Recently, we received a call from a client reporting that his “PC was acting weird”. Our customer was having trouble opening files and the ones he was able to access appeared to be gibberish. He was going to a meeting and asked us to look into it while he was away. Lucky he called, […]

Security Alert: New Ransomware Ups The Ante

Malwarebytes’ blog reports that a new Ransomware variant, attacking poorly secured web servers, is demanding $999 to liberate compromised sites. The hackers are obviously located in Russia or a nearby country since they’re offering to unlock attacked websites for free if the victim lives in the region. The best protection against ransomware is having a […]

How To save Your Business from Ransomware

Introduction Ransomware is alive and well in cyberspace. In fact, the Cryptolocker family of ransomware is a multi-billion dollar underground business. Do you know that crime syndicates have created a Crime-as-a-Service (CaaS) industry that distributes malware services to wannabe criminals that come complete with dashboards to track infection rates as well as full technical support! […]

CryptoWall 4.0 makes Its Debut—More Dangerous Than Ever

Cyber-criminals have made the CryptoLocker family of ransomware into a major underground profit center.  An article on the Heimdal Security blog discusses at length the new CryptoLocker variant—CryptoWall 4.0 that is even more dangerous and virtually undetectable than its sibling, CryptoWall 3.0. Like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall 4.0 encrypts your data but with an added twist—it also […]

Cryptolocker Is Alive And Well In Post Office Email Scams

Heimdal Security put out a recent blog about the ongoing Cryptolocker campaign that has spread worldwide to the United States, the UK, Australia, and now Denmark. Apparently, there’s no stopping this lucrative criminal enterprise. Most infections are precipitated by a spammed email often spoofing a well know and trusted name, such as the Post Office, […]

Security Alert: CryptoWall Ransomware Delivered Through Google Drive

New Drive-by Campaign Delivers CryptoWall 3.0 Through Google Drive In this latest cyber-attack, malicious scripts are directing Google Drive users to predefined URLs which in turn connects to infected websites using the RIG Exploit Kit. RIG uses vulnerabilities in older versions of JavaJRE, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer and Flash Player to start compromisng the victim’s […]

Security Alert: Cryptowall Makes A Comeback Disguised As Help Files

Spam Servers Deliver Ransomware-Infected Links Cyber-criminals are now resorting to hiding malware such as Cryptowall, in malicious Help File attachments with .chm designations. CHM files are used in help systems for software applications. Cryptowall is an advanced variant of the famous Cryptolocker ransomware that is responsible for extorting millions from businesses. Hackers are now sending […]

Article Roundup – 09/05/14

XSolutions’ Feature Article: Criminal Hacks Are Increasing At An Alarming Rate Marketing: 6 Popular Sales Methodologies Summarized How To Unplug From Social Media (Realistically) Which Works Better for Blog Conversion: A Standard CTA or a Full Form? How Twitter Has Changed Journalism Forever 6 Tips for Creating an Effective Survey Security: Self-propagating ransomware written in […]