Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ransomware: 11 steps you should take to protect against disaster

By Steve Ranger | September 18, 2019

Falling victim to ransomware could put your vital business or personal data at risk of being lost forever. These steps can help bolster your defences.

Ramsomware continues to be one of the biggest menaces on the internet. Clicking on the wrong link could be enough to set off a sequence of events that ends with all your data being encrypted by crooks, who will only unlock it in return for a hefty ransom -- usually in bitcoin or another hard-to-trace cryptocurrency.

Criminal ransomware gangs are well financed (thanks to all those bitcoin ransoms) and employ increasingly sophisticated tactics. Only low-level crooks are interested in encrypting PCs one-by-one: the big gangs seek backdoors into corporate networks and then explore until they are ready to cause maximum chaos (and a big payday) by encrypting as many devices as possible in one go.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

LastPass bug leaks credentials from previous site

Password manager LastPass has released an update last week to fix a security bug that exposes credentials entered on a previously visited site.

The bug was discovered last month by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Project Zero, Google's elite security and bug-hunting team.

Fix available 

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