Security Never Sleeps – Verrit, Ransomware Trends

Ransomware: The future of extortion

“Concerning trend in its use”

Three years ago, ransomware started to become much more prevalent to IT administrators. Out of nowhere, the files in your or your organization’s systems can become encrypted with a lock screen that displays a message in their place, demanding for a ransom for the decryption keys. Efficient local backup systems are able to restore the data and completely ignore the demand by the attackers. These incidents are how extortion looks like in the digital world, and we will likely only see more of this in the future.

More than four million Time Warner Cable records exposed in leak

“Amazon server hosted details”

Kromtech Security Center has reported that over four million records from the MyTWC mobile app were found unsecured on an Amazon server Aug. 24 without a password by researchers of Kromtech. The files are more than 600 gigabytes in size, and contained information such as transaction ID, user names, Mac addresses, serial numbers, and account numbers.

Lenovo settles charges it sold laptops with compromised user security

“About $3.5 million paid out”

Major laptop producer Lenovo Inc has agreed to pay $3.5 million and make changes in how it sells laptops in order to settle allegations that it has sold devices with pre-loaded software that compromised users’ potential security protections. The agreement with Connecticut, the Federal Trade Commission and 31 other states was announced on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton endorsed a new media platform — and then it suffered a cyberattack

“Verrit had just achieved media exposure”

Former First Lady and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton surprised many of her followers over the weekend when she announced her personal support for a new and relatively unknown website called Verrit. Described as a “media platform for the 65.8 million” voters who supported Clinton, Verrit aims to organize supporters of the former first lady by providing them with verified facts and information regarding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Soon after Clinton’s public endorsement, the start-up’s founder and former Clinton advisor, Peter Daou, claimed his website had been forced offline after a suspected distributed denial-of-service attack.

The site has now apparently added extra protections, elaborated on in a tweet from the site:

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