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Snatch ransomware encrypts files in Safe Mode to thwart security software

Snatch ransomware encrypts files in Safe Mode to thwart security software

A cybercriminal organization has been attacking Windows users with a hybrid ransomware and data stealer program that encrypts machines while in Safe Mode in order to render endpoint protection programs moot. Dubbed Snatch, the malware “runs itself in an elevated permissions mode, sets registry keys that instructs Windows to run it

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

MegaCortex ransomware variant threatens data breach, alters credentials

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that Mayor Grover Robinson initially declined to discuss. Jeff Bergosh, District 1 Commissioner on

Microsoft fixes exploited privilege elevation flaw, 34 more bugs

Microsoft Patch Tuesday covers 13 critical vulnerabilities

For its final Patch Tuesday release of the year, Microsoft Corporation issued a series of security updates that fixed a total of 35 vulnerabilities, seven of which were deemed critical and one of which was found to be actively exploited. The most severe flaws consist of remote code execution vulnerabilities in

Patch Tuesday: Adobe announces 25 bug fixes, 21 in Acrobat products

As MENA moves to cloud, CIOs look to keep data in-country, study shows

On the last Patch Tuesday of 2019, Adobe today released security updates for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, Photoshop CC, Brackets and ColdFusion, fixing 25 critical and important vulnerabilities in the process. Twenty-one of the flaws were found in various Acrobat and Acrobat Reader products for the Windows and macOS platforms. Of

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by

Apple says ultra wideband tech culprit behind location data sharing; to issue fix

Apple says ultra wideband tech culprit behind location data sharing; to issue fix

If what happens on your iPhone doesn’t stay on your iPhone after all, ultra wideband (UWB) technology is the culprit, according to Apple. After the Apple iPhone 11 Pro was discovered to still be sending out user location data even after Location Services was disabled, the company has finally pinned the contradiction of its

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe, Barr disagrees

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe, Barr disagrees

No sooner had Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report on the origins of the Russia probe, finding as expected that the FBI was justified in beginning an investigation of the Trump campaign, than Attorney General William Barr put out a statement publicly disagreeing with the findings. While the Horowitz skewered the FBI

20 VPS providers shut down, leave customers scrambling, crying foul

Vulnerabilities in IoT Devices Have Doubled Since 2013

Two days after alerting customers in the wake of what some believed might have been a cyberattack, at least 20 web hosting providers have shut their doors and plan to wipe their servers. The providers, which include ArkaHosting, Bigfoot Servers, DCNHost, n3Servers, StrongHosting and MegaZone Hosting, are all are low-end

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