Ransomware: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Ransomware is a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying. Modern ransomware attacks were initially popular within Russia, but in recent years there have been an increasing number of ransomware attacks targeted towards other countries, such as Australia, Germany, and the United States among others. The first known ransomware was the 1989 “PC Cyborg” trojan written by Joseph Popp. Ransomware typically propagates like a conventional computer worm, entering a system through, for example, a downloaded file or vulnerability in a network service. The program will then run a payload: such as one that will begin to encrypt personal files on the hard drive.

First-ever EU cyber sanctions imposed on Russian, Chinese, North Korean agents

Published: July 31, 2020

The European Union has imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyber-attacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyberspies and organizations including a North Korean firm. Details of Sanctions The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. The EU baled them for the 2017 WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya ..

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Malware, Ransomware attacks pose biggest cyber threat challenge in India: Microsoft

Published: July 30, 2020

According to the Security Endpoint Threat Report 2019 released by Microsoft, India has been placed among the topmost countries with cryptocurrency mining encounters and drive-by download attacks. The report has been published based on diverse data sources including 8 trillion threat signals received and analyzed by Microsoft every day, covering a 12-month period from January ..

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200% increase in Cyber incidents in India

Published: July 7, 2020

In the last two months (May and June, 2020), the number of cyber incidents have increased by 200%. However, there is no evidence that the incidents raised due to the tensions between India and China. Highlights According to the Chief Information Security Officer of the PMO (Prime Minister Office), the phishing, ransomwares have gone up ..

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NTRO: Increase in Cyber Attacks due to work from home

Published: April 29, 2020

On April 29, 2020, the National Technical Research Organization has reported that the number of cyber attacks in the country has increased due to the work from home scenario. According to the report, the critical sectors may fall prey to inimical forces to relax geofencing restrictions that are granted to employees. Highlights The report says ..

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USA moves against makers of the Dridex malware

Published: December 6, 2019

USA has indicted and ordered the freezing of the assets of noted cybercriminal organisation, Evil Corp. Evil Corp is noted for its malware called Dridex which has affected companies of countries across the world including India, Malaysia, France, Italy and United Arab Emirates. Its targets of choice are smaller companies that did not possess sufficient ..

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