Identifying the Ransomware You’ve Been Hit With

Ransomware, first seen in 1989, has grown into a one of the largest criminal business industries worldwide, accounting for a total of $20 billion in damage costs in 2020. First starting with criminals developing their own codes to use for [...]

Identifying the Ransomware You’ve Been Hit With2021-05-06T16:02:46-07:00

CryptXXX is ransomware that also steals your passwords and your Bitcoins

Most of my recent blogs are about ransomware. That is because ransomware is the most prevalent cyber threat today facing individuals, small and large businesses, governments and not-for-profits. No one is safe from this scourge.

Today I must tell you about a new one. Like Jigsaw, this new one called CryptXXX, is a game changer. Jigsaw was different from prior strains in that it immediately starts to delete your files just to show you that it means business. CryptXXX is different in that it introduces two new problems other than encrypting all your files and then demanding payment. Up until now ransomware has not actually breached your system and exfiltrated data. Sure you had a security incident, but it was not identified as a breach in the classic sense. Now with CryptXXX not only is your data held hostage, but now the culprits steal two new things from you. CryptXXX steals login names and passwords which puts all your systems, local and in the cloud, and any websites you frequent at risk. CryptXXX also steals your Bitcoins if you have any. The stealing of the Bitcoins is a particular insult because....

CryptXXX is ransomware that also steals your passwords and your Bitcoins2016-05-18T21:08:54-07:00

Beware of CryptoLocker v4.0

It appears this new ransomware, rather than exploiting through e-mail attachments, is exploiting users by redirecting them to infected websites.It then delivers its payload through an installer.  This makes the case we are always trumpeting at Alvaka, your users should [...]

Beware of CryptoLocker v4.02015-12-03T21:15:17-08:00

Beware – There is a New Ransomware Variant Running Loose

I just read on BleepingComputer.com a new post about a variation of the CoinVault ransomware.  This one is called BitCryptor and unless you have a good backup it sounds like you will be paying the ransom if you are hit.

Here are some key characteristics:

Beware – There is a New Ransomware Variant Running Loose2015-05-19T02:55:34-07:00