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Ransomware Roars Back

Is the "Big One" Coming?

  • 26 March 2019
  • Author: SIM2K
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Ransomware roared back on the radar this month when Norsk Hydro, a major aluminum producer, was hit company-wide, affecting 25,000 employees and shutting down operations to the point it impacted the global aluminum market.  Since the NotPetya and WannaCry attacks, things had been quite in this sphere, and companies became lax in their defensive posture.  So, it is unfortunate that such an attack at this must bring ransomware back into focus.  We discuss how experts believe that such an attack could have world-wide impact on productivity and cost billions for remediation.  Also in March we look at the continuing rise and fall of Windows 10 vs. Windows 7, and Chrome against Firefox and Edge.  The underdogs (Edge and Windows 7) staged comebacks last month to regain some market share, and we have details.  We also look at how secure messaging services are, such as WhatsApp and Instagram, and how Facebook intends to provide encryption across these different platforms.  Finally, we cover the puzzling fact that none of the data from the 2017 Equifax data breach has appeared on the black market, leading security experts to believe that a nation-state obtained this information and are using it for espionage or blackmail, rather than selling it for financial fraud purposes as is usually the case with stolen personal identification.  Plus we have other news like the possibility you may be spamming yourself if you whitelist your own e-mail address.


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