Article Roundup – Week Ending 10/06/17

XSolutions posts to social media almost on a daily basis. Readers of our blog and newsletter see only a small portion of the information we share. Below are articles from various sources and experts that we shared this past week: Source: Deloitte Breach Affected All Company Email, Admin Accounts Global accounting firm, Deloitte experienced a […]

Massive Ransomware Attack Underway

Barracuda researchers confirmed that a massive ransomware attack is presently underway. Over 20 million SPAM emails with infected attachments carrying a Locky variant have been sent so far and there are no signs that it is slowing down. Researchers have identified the sources of the attack as coming from Vietnam, India, Columbia, Turkey and Greece. […]

Security Alert: 23 Million Bogus Emails Spreading Ransomware

In just 24 hours, over 23 million phishing emails carrying the Locky Ransomware virus have been distributed in one of the largest malicious campaigns of the year. The emails have utilized subject lines like: please print documents photo images scans pictures The emails come with an attachment, this time it’s a ZIP file containing VBS […]

Security Alert! Locky Reemerges—Dangerous As Ever

Most of us breathed a sigh of relief thinking that the notorious Locky ransomware virus, which first made its debut in February 2016,  had run its course. Not so! This past week, Locky reemerged with a slight but devious twist—the same nasty virus but with a different delivery mechanism. Previously, Locky was sent to victims via […]

Locky Ransomware Diguises Itself Again

Locky ransomware keeps evolving in an effort to live on!  Security firm, Bitdefender through its blog, Hot For Security, reports an uptick in SPAM attacks where malicious emails carrying infected attachments warn users of suspicious money movements from bank accounts, credit card suspensions, etc. Once the target clicks on the attachment, they are infected with […]

Security Alert: Locky Ransomware Is Now THOR

Ransomware gangs are at it again. A new Locky ransomware variant now carries the THOR extension. Here’s what you should know: Like Locky, THOR is distributed via SPAM campaigns. Recent emails masquerade as a request to open a “budget forecast” attachment for a soon-to-be-due project. The bogus email carries an infected attachment usually a zip […]

Locky Ransomware Pushed To Millions of Victims

Trustwave, a respected cyber-security firm has announced on its SpiderLab blog that it has detected upwards of 4 million SPAM emails in the last 7 days. These emails carry an infected attachment that when clicked, will download the Locky Ransomware virus. ​The emails attempt to trick victims into opening attachments to supposedly view invoices. Once […]

Small Isn’t Invisible

Introduction It’s been a long month. In February, we battled two ransomware attacks. One client was attacked by Cryptolocker; the other by a new ransomware variant called Locky. We also saw a rash of other malware infections that were no less concerning due to the potential damage they can cause. In all cases, SPAM was […]