ANALYSIS Norwegian firm Volue Technology has demonstrated to the rest of the world how a ransomware attack should be handled after it was hit by the Windows Ryuk strain on 5 May.
Security researchers have found that ransomware gangs are keeping in step with IT industry trends, with a new Windows ransomware strain, RegretLocker, able to encrypt data on virtual disks.
As a company, Microsoft may lack many attributes; it may be behind the curve on many things and may not be cool as some other tech firms. But in one aspect, the Redmond behemoth outdoes the rest in spades: chutzpah.
One reason why Microsoft stays silent about ransomware attacks on its Windows operating system is because the company makes money when it is called in to help tackle such attacks which are increasing all the time.
The FIN6 cyber crime group, that has in the past been involved in stealing payment card data, has allegedly expanded its activities to deploying Windows ransomware, the security firm FireEye claims.
The Windows network at the Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro was probably infiltrated by attackers who planted the LockerGoga ransomware using something like scheduled tasks or services in Microsoft's Active Directory, a British security expert says.
Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro has been under what it describes as "an extensive cyber attack" that has affected several areas of the company's operations. The malware affecting the firm is believed to the LockerGoga ransomware that attacks Windows systems.
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