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    Fundamentals of Ransomware: What to Do Before and After Ransomware Strikes

    By Raj Sivaraju   Amid the pandemic and as more people began working from home via unsecure networks, India saw a 31 percent rise in ransomware attacks.[i] What’s more, according to the Sophos “State of Ransomware 2020” study, of 300…

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    Black Kingdom Returns to Exploit Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Unpatched Microsoft Exchange Servers

    By Steve Ramey You know what’s fun about zero-day exploits? Nothing, especially when ransomware is involved. Earlier this month, Microsoft released a statement notifying the public of a zero-day exploit that affected its on-premises Exchange…

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    Microsoft Exchange Server Zero Day Hack Insight

    On March 2, 2021, Microsoft disclosed and provided security updates for four [4] critical vulnerabilities — CVE-2021-26855, CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858, and CVE-2021-27065 — impacting on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers.

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    Risky Business: Securing a Remote Workforce Comes with Its Challenges – but Also Solutions

    In the past year, businesses around the world have had to fundamentally transform how they work and communicate. And not that work from home is new, but it’s certainly never been done at the current scale. To maintain productivity, organizations have…

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    Don’t Drink from That! Gootloader Watering Hole Leads to REvil Attack

    REvil, more commonly referred to as Sodinokibi, is one of the most prolific ransomware threat groups currently active in the cyber extortion space. In the past year alone, Arete has responded to countless incidents where REvil has facilitated…

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    Darkside Ransomware: Caviar Taste on Your Big-Game Budget

      By Arete Cyber Threat Intelligence Team EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By all appearances, the proprietors of Darkside ransomware mean business. Big business. With their sights set on organizations with US$4M+ in revenue, they’re all about high-value,…

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    Top Tips to Improve Cybersecurity Today

    By Kevin Baker When I work with clients, I mention a good many things they can do to improve their security. Sometimes I’ll advise on an area I think they need to understand about their company. Sometimes I’ll suggest implementing specific…

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    Good Europol Hunting: How Do You Like Them Apples, Emotet?

    On January 27, 2021, Europol announced that it had led a coordinated takedown of the Emotet infrastructure in collaboration with law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania,…

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    Cybersecurity Trends: What We Saw in 2020, What We Expect to See in 2021

    Where change seems a constant, perhaps the biggest and most surprising cybersecurity issue of 2020 was a lack of change. But before we get to that, let’s look at some other key cybersecurity trends. A CONTINUED RISE IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS Kidnapping…

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    Egregor: The Ghost of Soviet Bears Past Haunts On

    By Adam Brown and Harold Rodriguez, Arete Cyber Threat Intelligence Team Ransomware variants come. Ransomware variants go. And while Egregor may have only recently surfaced, it is by no means a fly-by-night operation. In fact, one could argue that…

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    WastedLocker Ransomware Insights

    BACKGROUND On the December 5th, 2019 the U.S. Department of Justice announced indictments against 17 individuals including 2 Russian nationals Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev that were the primary ring-leaders of the Russian hacking group known as…

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    The Road Back: Recovery from a Malware Attack in the Long Term

    Arete Incident Response is currently answering the call of duty for about 60 companies per month who have experienced malware intrusions.  These are mostly ransomware or business email compromise attacks.  Arete’s primary goal is to restore what was…

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