A week in security (Dec 11 – Dec 17)

A compilation of notable security news and blog posts from the 11th of December to the 17th. This week, we talked about ransomware, screen lockers, Goldeneye–not the James Bond movie–and Malwarebytes’ 2017 predictions.

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Goldeneye Ransomware – the Petya/Mischa combo rebranded

From March 2016 we’ve observed the evolution of an interesting low-level ransomware, Petya. Now, we are facing an outbreak of the fourth version – this time under a new name – Goldeneye, and, appropriately, a new, golden theme.

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Security in 2017: Ransomware will remain king

2016 was the year of ransomware, with hackers focusing their attention on exploiting Internet users and businesses around the world for profit.

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Ransomware tries its hand at being a deadly viral meme

Memes are weird things, and weren’t always about lolcats or frogs or whatever the latest terrible image macro doing the rounds happens to be. I quite like this line from Wikipedia on said subject: Proponents theorise that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection…Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. The plot of The Ring is pretty much the concept of a meme made deadly – pass on this cursed videotape within 7 days, or you die horribly. How far will you go to save yourself? Well, our old friend 2016 is here to ask that question one more time, because Ransomware authors have decided to tweak their victim’s get out of jail method.

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Announcing Malwarebytes 3.0, a next-generation antivirus replacement

Announcing the launch of our next-generation online security product, Malwarebytes 3.0! This product is built to provide comprehensive protection against today’s sophisticated threats so that you can finally replace your traditional antivirus software.

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