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Popcorn Time Ransomware:

This type of Ransomware gives you a “choice.” If possible, you could just pay out the one bitcoin ransom (currently $8,500-$9000), or you are able to download the virus and infect two other friends or coworkers.  Once the people you have sent it to pay the ransom, you get your data decrypted (maybe). This is one way hackers spread their viruses.

Bad Rabbit:

A type of ransomware that has impacted organizations in Russia and Eastern Europe. Bad Rabbit is passed along through a fake Adobe Flash update on breached websites. When the ransomware infects a machine, users are directed to a payment page demanding .05 bitcoin.

CTB-Locker:

With CTB-Locker, hackers outsource the infection process to partners in exchange for a cut of the profits. This is a proven strategy for achieving large volumes of malware infections at a faster rate. CTB Locker is delivered through aggressive e-mail spam campaigns.

Jigsaw:

Jigsaw encrypts and progressively deletes files until a ransom is paid. The ransomware deletes a single file after the first hour, then deletes more and more per hour until the 72-hour mark, when all remaining files are deleted.

 


 

YouTube’s most watched video, ‘Despacito’ was apparently deleted by hackers. The artist Luis Fonsi’s music video, which had over 5 billion views was deleted and replaced with a cover photo showing the apparent hackers. The hackers in the picture are seen to be wearing masks and pointing guns reported by BBC.

 

That’s not all

The hackers, referring to themselves as Prosox and Kuroi’sh, defaced more than a dozen artists’ videos. Some of the known artists include: Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Adele. The hacker identified as “Prosox” also tweeted saying: “@YouTube it’s just for fun I just use script ‘YouTube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’ don’t judge me I love YouTube <3”. Vevo can confirm that several videos were subject to a security breach, which has now been contained.

 

What Does This Mean?

No matter how big the company or business is, cybersecurity is essential. Modern day hackers are not only smarter but have access to more powerful tools than ever used before. Cybersecurity is today’s top industry worry and will most likely be this way for some time to come.

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Ransomware is one of the most prevalent variety of malicious software, found in 39% of malware-related causes. Once the malware is on your computer, your data is then encrypted (essentially locked) and to get your data back, you would need to come up with a “ransom” normally in the form of Bitcoin. Even though a ransom is asked of you and even if you pay it, you STILL may not get your data back.

 

Major Findings in Summary

  • The human factor continues to be a key weakness as employees are still falling victim to social attacks.
  • Phishing attacks cannot be ignored, a cybercriminal only needs one victim to get access into an organization’s network.
  • Based on Verizon’s dataset, ransomware started impacting critical systems rather than just desktops. Due to this, cybercriminals are asking for higher ransoms for less work.
  • 72% of attacks were perpetrated by outsiders, 27% involved internal staff, 2% involved partners and 2% featured multiple partners. Organized crime groups still account for 50% of the attacks analyzed.

 

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What Does This Mean?

“Ransomware remains a significant threat for companies of all sizes,” says Bryan Sartin, Executive Director of Security Professional Services, Verizon. “It is now the most prevalent form of malware, and its use has increased significantly over recent years. With all this happening and cybercriminals becoming smarter, businesses continue to still not invest in the proper security training or professional security protection.


 

 

atlanta.jpgWhat’s Happening?

On the morning of March 22, a remote ransomware attack trapped the city of Atlanta’s data behind an encrypted wall.  The only way the city can remove this wall is to give the hacker or hackers $50,000, for now, the city is working to come up with a solution to get past the virtual attack without paying its ransom. The attackers gave the city until Wednesday to pay it off. The city is bringing in the “best in class external partners” to guide the fix, according to Atlanta news station WSB-TV.

The Warning

Experts have warned that cybersecurity is likely the next great security threat for companies and governments around the globe. Most systems in use today are simply not prepared, and Atlanta is not the first of cities to have been hit with virtual attacks. Although some companies have ramped up security following these types of attacks, as Atlanta plans on doing, cities still aren’t adapting their security before an attack happens.


The Auto-Driving Vehicle

Uber set its sights to the future in hopes of replacing human drivers with Artificial Intelligence (AI) vehicles through its self-driving program. In 2016, Uber users in Pittsburg were able to request self-driving vehicles to take them to their designated locations.  These autonomous cars use radar, cameras and LiDAR to detect obstacles and pedestrians in their path. While the car does drive itself without the need of a human driver, a supervisor is placed in the car to make sure things are running smoothly. 

The Accident

The future of Uber’s self-driving car program is looking dull in the state of California. A video that went viral showed an Uber self-driving accident unfold. In the video you could clearly depict both internal and external views of the Uber vehicle, as well as the Uber’s safety driver looking down at their phone, as suddenly a pedestrian crosses paths with the vehicle, being struck and killed. The local police deemed the accident “unavoidable.”

The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

The company announced it will not renew Uber’s permit through the state’s DMV to continue testing a fleet of AI driving vehicles. With this accident in mind, it brings up serious questions and some of those questions are, with this recent accident are we ready for AI vehicles in today’s society? What could this mean for AI like Humans?

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