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Why you need to trust your VPN: Lock and Code S02E05

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we speak to Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart about the importance of trusting your VPN. You’ve likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, … [Read more...]

FBI warns of increase in PYSA ransomware attacks targeting education

On March 16, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a “Flash” alert on PYSA ransomware after an uptick on attacks this month against institutions in the education sector, particularly higher ed, K-12, and seminaries. According to the alert [PDF], the United Kingdom and 12 states in the US have already affected by this ransomware family. #FBI reporting notes a recent … [Read more...]

The Malwarebytes 2021 State of Malware report: Lock and Code S02E04

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we tune in to a special presentation from Adam Kujawa about the 2021 State of Malware report, which analyzed the top cybercrime goals of 2020 amidst the global pandemic. If you just pay attention to the numbers from last year, you might get the wrong idea. After all, malware detections … [Read more...]

REvil ransomware’s calling, and it’s not good news

The REvil ransomware (AKA Sodinokibi, which operates as a Ransomware as a Service) is adopting some outreach techniques after initial compromise, designed to shame victims into paying up. Shaming victims into action Malware authors and social engineers have relied on shame and the threat of exposure for years. Nothing encourages potential victims to pay up like a solid threat. This isn’t … [Read more...]

German users targeted with Gootkit banker or REvil ransomware

This blog post was authored by Hasherezade and Jérôme Segura On November 23, we received an alert from a partner about a resurgence of Gootkit infections in Germany. Gootkit is a very capable banking Trojan that has been around since 2014 and possesses a number of functionalities such as keystroke or video recording designed to steal financially-related information. In this latest campaign, … [Read more...]

Threat Spotlight: Sodinokibi ransomware attempts to fill GandCrab void

Sodinokibi, also known as Sodin and REvil, is hardly six months old, yet it has quickly become a topic of discussion among cybersecurity professionals because of its apparent connection with the infamous-but-now-defunct GandCrab ransomware. On May 31, the threat actors behind GandCrab formally announced their retirement, detailing their plan to cease selling and advertising GandCrab in a dark … [Read more...]