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Free decryption tools released for PowerWare and Bart ransomware

Security researchers released tools this week that could help users recover files encrypted by two relatively new ransomware threats: Bart and PowerWare.

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Use Tor? Riffle promises to protect your privacy even better

Privacy-minded people have long relied on Tor for anonymity online, but a new system from MIT promises better protection and faster performance.

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New Locky ransomware version can operate in offline mode

The creators of the widespread Locky ransomware have added a fall-back mechanism in the latest version of their program for situations where the malware can't reach their command-and-control servers.

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Salesforce expands encryption options with 'bring your own key'

Salesforce on Tuesday stepped up its efforts to woo security-conscious businesses by adding "bring your own key" encryption to its Salesforce Shield set of cloud services.

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Google hopes to thwart quantum computers from cracking internet encryption

The encryption methods used to secure today’s internet won’t be impenetrable forever. More powerful “quantum computers” in the future could very well crack them.

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Android full disk encryption can be brute-forced on Qualcomm-based devices

Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in Android devices with Qualcomm chipsets to extract the encrypted keys that protect users' data and run brute-force attacks against them.

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Satana ransomware encrypts user files and master boot record

Attackers are developing an aggressive new ransomware program that encrypts both user files and the computer's master boot record (MBR), leaving affected machines unable to boot into the OS.

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Bart ransomware shows it can be effective without sophisticated encryption

A new ransomware program called Bart is making the rounds and locks user files in password-protected zip archives.

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The number of corporate users hit by crypto ransomware is skyrocketing

The prevalence of ransomware programs, both those that encrypt data and those that don't, has exploded over the past two years, with companies being increasingly targeted.

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JavaScript email attachments can carry potent ransomware

Attackers are infecting computers with a new ransomware program called RAA that's written entirely in JavaScript and locks users' files using strong encryption.

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Machine learning could help companies react faster to ransomware

Behavior analytics vendor Exabeam applies machine learning to detect ransomware infections and help companies quickly isolate affected computers before the malware spreads.

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Go from SHA-1 to SHA-2 in 8 steps

The clock is ticking for organizations to complete their SHA-1 migration. Here's what admins must do to ensure they aren't locked out.

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Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.

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New JavaScript spam wave distributes Locky ransomware

Over the past week, computers throughout Europe have been hit by a massive email spam campaign carrying malicious JavaScript attachments that install the Locky ransomware program.

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Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer amid encryption debate

Apple revealed that it rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as the company continues to face scrutiny from governments wanting more access to its products.

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New DMA Locker ransomware is ramping up for widespread attacks

A new ransomware program called DMA Locker has reached maturity and shows signs of being distributed in widespread attacks.

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TeslaCrypt victims can now decrypt their files for free

Victims of the widespread TeslaCrypt ransomware can now decrypt files affected by recent versions of the malicious program.

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An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet now infects almost 1M computers

Over the past two years, a group of cybercriminals has infected almost 1 million computers with malware that hijacks search results, even when they're served over encrypted HTTPS connections.

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