FBI urges LockBit ransomware victims to reach out after securing thousands of decryption keys

The FBI revealed it has thousands of decryption keys that can unlock data encrypted by the LockBit ransomware. The agency’s Assistant Director for the Cyber Division, Bryan Vorndran, confirmed the news during the 2024 Boston Conference on Cyber Security, and Read More …

The impact of compromised backups on ransomware outcomes

There are two main ways to recover encrypted data in a ransomware attack: restoring from backups and paying the ransom. Compromising an organization’s backups enables adversaries to restrict their victim’s ability to recover encrypted data and dial-up the pressure to Read More …

Australian cyber-op attacked ISIL with the terrifying power of Rickrolling

Commanders in the field persuaded to give up, let their guard down, run around and desert their posts Australia’s Signals Directorate, the signals intelligence organization, has revealed it employed zero-click attacks on devices used by fighters for Islamic State of Read More …

New ESXiArgs ransomware version prevents VMware ESXi recovery

New ESXiArgs ransomware attacks are now encrypting more extensive amounts of data, making it much harder, if not impossible, to recover encrypted VMware ESXi virtual machines. Last Friday, a massive and widespread automated ransomware attack encrypted over 3,000 Internet-exposed VMware Read More …

CISA and FBI Release ESXiArgs Ransomware Recovery Guidance

Today, CISA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory, ESXiArgs Ransomware Virtual Machine Recovery Guidance. This advisory describes the ongoing ransomware campaign known as “ESXiArgs.” Malicious cyber actors may be exploiting known vulnerabilities in unpatched Read More …

Freedom for MegaCortex ransomware victims – the fix is out

An international law enforcement effort has released a decryptor for victims of MegaCortex ransomware, widely used by cybercriminals to infect large corporations across 71 countries to the tune of more than $100 million in damages. The decryptor, built by Europol, Read More …

Ransomware decryptor roundup: BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile, Babuk decryptors released

Ransomware decryptors for the BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile and Babuk strains were released over the last two weeks, highlighting some amount of progress in the fight against a few of the smaller ransomware gangs. Last week, security company Avast released Read More …