Report: Second quarter dominated by ransomware outbreaks

The second quarter of 2017 left the security world wondering, “What the hell happened?” With leaks of government-created exploits being deployed against users in the wild, a continued sea of ransomware constantly threatening our ability to work online, and the lines between malware and potentially unwanted programs continuing to blur, every new incident was a wakeup call.In this report, we are going to discuss some of the most important trends, tactics, and attacks of Q2 2017, including an update on ransomware, what is going on with all these exploits, and a special look at all the breaches that happened this quarter.

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Fireball Chinese malware and you

By now, you might have heard about an adware infection operation that has allegedly spread to 250 million systems called Fireball. The threat intelligence and research teams at Check Point wrote a blog post last week describing the operation, what the threat does the system and the alarming potential the malware has for doing some serious damage. We delve into the worst case scenario with this situation and how to remove Fireball if you are infected.

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Ransomware doesn’t mean game over

Over the course of just a few years, this threat has evolved from an annoying pop-up to a screen freezer that utilizes disturbing imagery to a sophisticated malicious program that encrypts important files.

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The Day the Internet Died

Today there was a massive DDoS attack that targeted one of the DNS providers that acts as a backbone for the internet, especially in the western part of the world.

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Analyzing baby ransomware

Satana, a new Petya-like ransomware, was discovered by our malware hunters and has been torn apart to show you the intricate details of how it works, why it’s not done and what we can expect moving forward.

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