Researchers from global security firm Sophos have detailed how a relatively new Windows ransomware group known as Atom Silo carried out an attack over two days, initially using a flaw in Atlassian's Confluence collaboration software.
Malware authors are crafting their wares to bypass scans on Windows systems altogether, using a number of tricks to avoid being put under the microscope by Microsoft's Antimalware Scan Interface, the global security firm Sophos claims.
One of the many tools used by multiple ransomware groups in a similar way — suggesting that they are being used by ransomware-as-a-service affiliates — is the Windows backdoor SystemBC, global cyber security vendor Sophos claims.
Global cyber security vendor Sophos has launched a service known as Sophos Rapid Response, which it claims is an industry-first, fixed-fee, remote incident response service that can find and neutralise active cyber attacks right through the 45 days of the service.
Windows ransomware known as LockBit, which made its presence known in 2019, has now matured and is using novel ways to escalate privileges by bypassing the User Account Control feature on Windows systems.
Global security firm Sophos has questioned the connection drawn between ransomware attacks facilitated by the Trickbot botnet and threats to election security, with a senior researcher saying gangs did not generally target local governments specifically for political effect.
Security outfit Sophos claims that funds extracted from victims of sextortion schemes have been deposited by cyber criminals in bitcoin wallets.
Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for the New Workforce has appointed Ben Hamer as an adjunct industry fellow.
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