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Ransomware payments hit an all-time high of $1.1 billion in 2023, following a steep drop in total payouts in 2022. Some factors that may have contributed to the decline in 2022 were the Ukraine conflict, fewer victims paying ransoms and cyber group takedowns by legal authorities. In 2023, however, ransomware payouts came roaring back to […]

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Expect attackers to continue refining their tactics for maximizing profits via a grab bag of the same strategies, including forcibly encrypting systems and charging for a decryptor, stealing data and threatening to dump it, creating scary public personae, or a combination of the above. LockBit, which was disrupted this week by law enforcement, is one […]

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The novel variant of the banking Trojan Mispadu is targeting Latin American countries, especially Mexico, by exploiting a flaw in Windows SmartScreen. Researchers at Unit42 found the updated Trojan now exploits a Windows SmartScreen bypass vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-36025 that Microsoft patched in November 2023. Eset first uncovered the Mispadu Stealer in 2019 and detailed […]

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