Author: Christine Barry

Christine Barry is the Chief Blogger and Social Content Manager for Barracuda Networks. Connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clbarry/

It seems we can’t go more than a couple of days without seeing ransomware in the headlines. New attacks launched, new variants discovered, new victims reporting their losses. Despite the prevalent coverage of ransomware, there are a number of significant attacks that are not widely reported. As an example of this, here are three low-key ransomware attacks on health care related industries around the United States. There’s something to learn from each one, and something to learn from the whole set. Airway Oxygen, April 18 2017 This company supplies home medical equipment such as oxygen therapy devices and mobility aids.…

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If anything has been clear in the last couple of years, it’s that the barriers to becoming a successful cybercriminal keep coming down. Internet connectivity is more accessible, technology is more affordable, and traditionally ‘dumb’ devices are smarter. This has opened up a world full of opportunity for folks who want to make some easy money or have their mind set on punishing some political or personal targets. To avoid getting into a long history of computer crime and the origins of the term ‘hacking,’ let’s say that modern(ish) cybercrime started in the 1970’s. This is the decade when email…

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Ransomware has been dominating the news for several weeks, and is likely to stay in the news for most of the year. Ransomware is a distinct type of cyber attack, in that it extorts payment from the victim in exchange for allowing access to something that was encrypted in the attack. The most prevalent type of malware used in this kind of crime is ‘crypto-ransomware’, which normally encrypts the files on the compromised system, and then demands a ransom in return for the ability to decrypt and recover the files. The latest iteration of crypto-ransomware is called Locky, and is…

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