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Ransomware via a call centre? BazaCall means no email attachment or link required for infection

Unsuspecting users of Office 365 are being tricked by a cybercriminal gang into calling a bogus call centre, with the eventual intention of installing ransomware onto their computers. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Instagram influencer Hushpuppi admits his part in scams that stole more than $24 million

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as "Ray Hushpuppi," might have imagined he had it all. The self-proclaimed "Billionaire Gucci Master", flamboyantly boasted about his luxurious life of expensive cars, private jets, and designer clothes to his 2.3 million Instagram followers. But he left a digital trail online which has resulted in...

BlackMatter rises from the ashes of notorious cybercrime gangs to pose new ransomware threat

A new ransomware gang that calls itself BlackMatter has launched itself on the dark web, and is actively attempting to recruit criminal partners and affiliates to attack large organisations in the United States, UK, Canada, and Australia. Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #238: Fashion captain, fraud family, and DEF CON. D’oh!

Pygmy hippopotamus bugs, DEF CON's data slip-up, and phishing fraudsters have their collars felt. All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Naked Security's Paul Ducklin.

Despite all the advice, 97.7% of Twitter users have still not enabled two-factor authentication

Twitter has revealed that the vast majority of its users have ignored advice to protect their accounts with two-factor authentication (2FA) - one of the simplest ways to harden account security. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Patch your iPhones and Macs against “actively exploited” zero-day right now

Apple has released a major security update for its devices, after finding a zero-day flaw that the company indicates has been the focus of in-the-wild attacks by hackers, and might have been used to plant malware. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Who us??? Kaseya says it hasn’t paid anybody for its ransomware decryption key

Kaseya hasn't paid anyone for the decryptor it managed to get its paws on last week, and is offering to customers hit by a massive ransomware attack. Which only raises the question - who did?

Average ransomware payments decline… but that’s not good news

The latest research finds that ransomware attackers are attempt to extort, on average, a smaller amount of money through their criminal activities.

No More Ransom website celebrates five years of providing free ransomware recovery tools and advice

The No More Ransom website has become one of the first ports of call for any individual or company whose computer has been hit by a ransomware attack.

Good news! I’m getting a salary increase!

It seems my boss here at “Grahamcluley” has decided that I deserve a wage increase. This is not only terrific news for my bank balance, but also terribly exciting as I never knew I even had a boss – let alone that my company had a human resources department and accounts team...

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