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Ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016, projected to double again in 2017: Beazley

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Beazley, a provider of data breach response insurance, said in a report on Thursday that ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016 and they are projected to double again in 2017. Beazley released its Beazley Breach Insights – January 2017 findings based

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Student charged in cyberattack on 304 computers at University of Alberta

January 6, 2017 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – A University of Alberta student is facing numerous charges after a cyber-attack on university computers. The university says on Nov. 22 it found malware on 287 computers, which potentially affected more than 3,300 faculty, staff and students. It

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Increased cyber espionage, data integrity attacks part of global threat landscape in 2017: Stroz Friedberg

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Top cyber threats in the coming year include nation state cyber espionage, a rise in data integrity attacks and more attacks harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, notes in its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report. “We

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U.S. prosecutor’s office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack

December 6, 2016 Joe Mandak - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH – A state prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday. Federal prosecutors

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Network attacks hit a third of executive mobile devices in second quarter of 2016: Skycure

September 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Just shy of a third of executive mobile devices were exposed to network attack during the second quarter of 2016 and almost as high a percentage were infected with malware, leaving valuable, sensitive data vulnerable to cyber criminals, notes a

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Fifth of surveyed U.S. businesses have not done any recent security testing for vulnerabilities

September 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

About a fifth of surveyed businesses south of the border admit not having done any security testing for at least six months despite the lion’s share of respondents also reporting their organizations have encountered at least one security issue, notes

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Drop in traditional malware and rise in mobile malware, but vigilance still key: U.S. research

August 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of active malware families attacking business networks fell by 5% in July – representing the first such decrease in four months – while mobile variants rose, notes new threat research from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point

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2016 malware levels nearly four times 2015 totals, cybersecurity company finds

July 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A security analyst team at AppRiver, a cloud-based cybersecurity company based in Gulf Breeze, Fl., has quarantined 4.2 billion emails containing malware in the second quarter of 2016, “pointing to a continued increase in malware traffic this year.” The emails

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Vulnerability allows printer watering hole attacks to spread malware: Vectra Networks

July 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers at the Vectra Threat Labs have discovered a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that enables attackers to gain system-level control over computers via infected or fake printer drivers to spread malware. “The vulnerability stems from a Windows process that

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Insider corporate data theft and malware infections among biggest threats to digital businesses in 2016: Accenture and HfS Research study

June 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insider data theft and malware attacks top the list of the most significant concerns for global enterprise security executives, according to a new report from Accenture and HfS Research. The survey, titled The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016,

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University of Calgary pays ransom after attack on computer systems

June 8, 2016 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The University of Calgary says it paid a ransom of $20,000 demanded after a recent cyberattack. The school says in a news release that staff were able to isolate some of the attack and are working to ensure

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Free tools to help ransomware victims retrieve files

June 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Trend Micro International has announced the availability of free tools that the company reports will help users and organizations fight back against the dangers posed by ransomware. “The risks and impact of ransomware threats to end-users, small and medium-sized businesses,