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The hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to US$1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.

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Users that run unpatched software beware. Hackers have been relying on an old software bug tied to the Stuxnet worm to carry out their attacks. Microsoft may have initially patched the flaw in 2010, but it’s nevertheless become the most widespread software exploit, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.

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The Drupal project has released a patch to fix a critical access bypass vulnerability that could put websites at risk of hacking. The vulnerability does not have the highest severity level based on Drupal’s rating system, but is serious enough that the platform’s developers decided to also release a patch for a version of the content management system that’s no longer officially supported

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Is a vigilante hacker trying to secure your IoT device from malware? The mysterious developer behind a growing computer worm wants people to think so.
The worm, known as Hajime, has infected tens of thousands of easy-to-hack products such as DVRs, internet cameras, and routers. However, the program so far hasn’t done anything malicious.

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