Jordan Kadlec

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WannaCry Takeaways

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 18, 2017 3:37:58 PM
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WannaCry ransomware took the cybersecurity scene by storm last Friday (May 12th), becoming the fastest spreading ransomware to-date. Now that it is nearly a week later, we want to provide some takeaways on WannaCry. What happened, what did we learn, and what does the future look like?

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Topics: Ransomware, Wana Decryptor, WannaCry, WannaCry 2.0, WCry

WannaCry- Fastest Spreading Ransomware Ever

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 12, 2017 4:55:39 PM
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Cyber criminals are using an exploit kit to distribute the fastest spreading ransomware to-date. The ransomware being distributed is WannaCry 2.0 but is also referenced to as WannaCrypt0r, Wanna Decryptor, and WCry.

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Topics: Cyber Threats, Business, Ransomware, WanaCry, WanaDecryptor

Security Breach Notification Laws

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 10, 2017 9:49:16 AM
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As of now, 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have implemented legislation that requires private or government entities to notify individuals if they have experienced a security breach. Alabama, New Mexico, and South Dakota are the three remaining states who don’t have official security breach notification laws. Even my Midwestern home-state of Iowa now has a mandatory data breach notification law.

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Topics: Data Breach, Business

Fileless Malware Demystified

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 5, 2017 12:08:17 PM
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In a recent webinar hosted by WatchPoint, CEO Greg Edwards and Chief Hacking Officer Nathan Studebaker explained fileless malware. Fileless malware is a tactic that we have seen professional hackers use more and more over the last six months. In fact, the last quarter of 2016 saw a 33% increase in the distribution of fileless malware.

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Topics: Fileless Malware, Malware, Fileless

Google Docs Phishing Scheme

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 4, 2017 11:43:56 AM
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A Google Docs phishing scheme is taking the internet by storm this week. A client of ours received an email from one of their colleagues similar to the screenshot below.

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Topics: Cyber Threats, Scams, Phishing

April Ransomware in Review

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 3, 2017 12:06:07 PM
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April was an extremely busy month in the world of ransomware. There are several new ransomware variants that look like they are going to stay around for a while. Cerber has taken over the reigns as the most distributed ransomware. However, Locky is looking to come back strong after its demise in 2016. We have also added several decryptors to our list, which is the largest you’ll find on the internet. The best news about ransomware in April is it looks like there weren’t any new attack vectors for Android users.

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Topics: Business, Ransomware, decrypters, decryptors

Ransomware Decryptors Not Available for Most Ransomware Strains

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on May 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM
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At WatchPoint, we are proud to have the largest list of ransomware decryptors on the internet. However, it’s important to know that the majority of ransomware variants do not have a decryptor available.

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Topics: Ransomware, Ransomware Decrypters, decrypters, decryptors

Mole Ransomware: A New Variant of CryptoMix

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on Apr 25, 2017 10:23:53 AM
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A new ransomware called Mole has been found, and it appears to be a version of the CryptoMix family. Additionally, Mole has many similarities to the Revenge and CryptoShield variants which are also members of the CryptoMix strain.

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Topics: Cyber Threats, Business, Ransomware

Dharma Ransomware Has A New Extension

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on Apr 18, 2017 4:44:33 PM
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A new ransomware that appends .wallet to the end of encrypted files has appeared over the last couple of weeks. After further research, it has been determined that this is a newer variant of CrySiS ransomware called Dharma.

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Topics: Business, Ransomware

Healthcare Organizations are Biggest Targets for Ransomware

Posted by Jordan Kadlec on Apr 11, 2017 2:49:58 PM
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In 2016, several hospitals and healthcare organizations were hit with ransomware attacks. In fact, between October 2016 and February 2017, 42.77% of cyberattacks targeted healthcare organizations. With ransomware attacks predicted to quadruple by 2020, cybersecurity spending is also predicted to exceed $65 billion for the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Cyber Threats, Ransomware, Phishing