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Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack

Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack

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Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack Maastricht University, a government-funded institution in the Netherlands, recently admitted that it paid ransomware attacker a ransom of 30 Bitcoin, valued nearly 220,000 USD at the time of payment. The University, in a statement, said it fell victim to a ransomware attack on December 23, 2019. While the University’s IT infrastructure consists of 1,647 Linux and Windows servers and 7,307 workstations, the University said, the attacker only hit 267 Windows servers. The University added that backups of these servers were also affected. In ransomware attacks, attackers prevent legitimate users from accessing their computers or files through the process known as encryption. Attackers then demand from their victims ransom in exchange for the decryption keys that would unlock the encrypted files.…
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Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware

Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware

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Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware Researchers at Cyberbit disclosed that they have discovered a crypto mining malware that infected 50% of the workstations in one of the international airports in Europe despite the fact that these workstations were equipped with industry standard antivirus. This latest cyber incident at one of the international airports in Europe shows that antivirus solution isn’t enough to shield organizations from malicious software (malware). Malicious Activities According to the researchers at Cyberbit, the malware was detected based on the suspicious use of the following: PAExec tool and Reflective DLL Loading. PAExec PAExec is a redistributable version of Microsoft’s PSExec that enables a user to launch Windows programs on remote Windows computers without the need of installing first the…
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Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack

Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack

Information Security, IT Support
Dutch University Paid Cybercriminals Ransom; Lessons Learned from This Attack Maastricht University, a government-funded institution in the Netherlands, recently admitted that it paid ransomware attacker a ransom of 30 Bitcoin, valued nearly 220,000 USD at the time of payment. The University, in a statement, said it fell victim to a ransomware attack on December 23, 2019. While the University’s IT infrastructure consists of 1,647 Linux and Windows servers and 7,307 workstations, the University said, the attacker only hit 267 Windows servers. The University added that backups of these servers were also affected. In ransomware attacks, attackers prevent legitimate users from accessing their computers or files through the process known as encryption. Attackers then demand from their victims ransom in exchange for the decryption keys that would unlock the encrypted files.…
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Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware

Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware

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Computers in a European Airport Found to be Infected with Crypto Mining Malware Researchers at Cyberbit disclosed that they have discovered a crypto mining malware that infected 50% of the workstations in one of the international airports in Europe despite the fact that these workstations were equipped with industry standard antivirus. This latest cyber incident at one of the international airports in Europe shows that antivirus solution isn’t enough to shield organizations from malicious software (malware). Malicious Activities According to the researchers at Cyberbit, the malware was detected based on the suspicious use of the following: PAExec tool and Reflective DLL Loading. PAExec PAExec is a redistributable version of Microsoft’s PSExec that enables a user to launch Windows programs on remote Windows computers without the need of installing first the…
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