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Ransomware’s popularity has attracted the attention of cybercriminal gangs; they use these malicious programs in targeted attacks on large organizations in order to steal money. In late 2016, we detected an increase in the number of attacks, the main goal of which was to launch an encryptor on an organization’s network nodes and servers.

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The notorious hackers behind a string of banking heists have left behind a clue that supports a long-suspected link to North Korea, according to security researchers. The so-called Lazarus Group has been eyed as a possible culprit behind the heists, which included last February’s $81 million theft from Bangladesh’s central bank through the SWIFT transaction software.

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With nasty malware like Locky making the rounds—encrypting its victims’ files, and then refusing to unlock them unless you pay up—ransomware is a serious headache. But not all ransomware is so difficult. You can remove many ransomware viruses without losing your files, but with some variants that isn’t the case.

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One soldier does not make a battle, especially in the world of cybercrime, where hidden dangers lurk in the depths of the darknet and occasionally appear topside. There are a lot of cybercriminals on Earth but they are largely not organized. Cybersecurity experts are no fewer in number — and they can unite around a common purpose to achieve greater results, catch bad guys, and help victims.

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