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LIGHTNINGCRYPT Ransomware

LIGHTNINGCRYPT is a ransomware-type virus discovered by malware security researcher, MalwareHunterTeam. Once infiltrated, LIGHTNINGCRYPT encrypts various information and appends the ".LIGHTNING" extension to the name of each encrypted file. For example, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.LIGHTNING". Following successful encryption, LIGHTNINGCRYPT opens a pop-up window and creates a text file ("LightningCrypt_Recover_Instructions.txt"), placing it on the desktop. The pop-up and text file contain identical ransom-demand messages stating that files are encrypted and that the victim must pay a ransom of .17 Bitcoin (currently, 1 Bitcoin is equivalent to ~$2740) to restore them. It is also stated that any attempt to restore files manually will result in permanent deletion of files. It is currently unknown whether LIGHTNINGCRYPT uses symmetric or asymmetric cryptography. In either c...

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How to remove “Your device has been blocked” ransomware virus from Android tablet or phone?

Cyber criminals have been spreading ransomware viruses on Windows-based computers for some time. These types of infections became popular in mid-2006 and continue to infect personal computers and extort money from their victims. Recently, security research began showing a rise in Android-based mobile ransomware infections. Commonly, ransomware viruses exploit the names of authorities including the FBI, USA Cyber Crime Investigations, and The ICE Cyber Crime Center - making fake claims that users must pay an amount of money (for supposed law violations such as watching pornography, using copyrighted files, etc.) in order to unblock their devices. In most cases, cyber criminals employ the Green Dot MoneyPak, Ukash, or PaySafeCard pre-paid card services to collect fake fines from unsuspecting mobile device users. Tablet and mobile phone users should be aware that paying these fines as ordered by these messages ...

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Another Week, another SMB Exploit

Ever since WannaCry made it onto the front page of every newspaper and received a dedicated segment on twenty-four-hour news channels, every Friday since then another worm using the same exploit appeared. This past Friday was no different. On Friday, May 19, another worm using the same exploit as WannaCry emerged. Discovered by Croatian analyst Miroslav Stamper, it has been dubbed EternalRocks. It has also gone by the name MicroBotMassiveNet. This exploit yet again uses the NSA tools dumped by “The Shadow Brokers”. However, while WannaCry used an unsophisticated code, the more recent malware detections like Adylkuzz and EternalRocks are believed to be far more advanced. Pandora’s Box The initial dump of NSA linked hacking tools has opened a veritable Pandora’s box to hackers and affiliated groups worldwide, not to mention rumors of other international spying agencies taking note. While some debate whether it was...

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