Ukranian Hacker Caught Infecting His Own Websites with Crypto Malware


According to the Ukranian cyber police, an unnamed man infected a bunch of his websites with Wannacry-like malware. Police Search Reveals Intentional Infection An unreliable Google translation makes it sound as if the man’s home had been invaded and police were investigating when they discovered his activities. Google’s translation reads: While conducting searches in the apartment of an intruder...

Cryptojacking Falls in Second Quarter, Coinciding with Crypto Bear Market: Research

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This year’s second quarter witnessed a lull in cybercrime, but cybercriminals continue to experiment with ransomware, according to Malwarebytes Labs in its second quarter report. Malware activity posted a decrease in both business and consumer categories in the second quarter, the report noted. But while the volume of activity was lower, the quality of the attacks was anything but. Malwarebytes...

Cybercriminals Are Moving from Ransomware to Cryptojacking: Kaspersky Lab


According to a report published by Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, there has been a significant shift from ransomware-related attacks to crypto-mining malware. The report claims that this type of attack — known as cryptojacking — has become a more profitable prospect for hackers and is the reason for the decline in ransomware attacks. In 2017, Ransomware like WannaCry...

BitFury Launches Blockchain Investigation Tool to Fight Bitcoin Crime

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Bitfury, a well-known industry group which started in 2011 as a Bitcoin mining company and has since grown into a multinational blockchain research group, has moved into the law enforcement space with the release of its new tool Crystal. The Crystal tool was designed with two main use cases in mind. The first of which is for law enforcement to track bitcoin transactions related to criminal...

ShapeShift is Assisting Police to Trace Cashed Out Bitcoin From WannaCry Ransomware


CyberScoopNews journalist Patrick O’Neill revealed on August 3 that ShapeShift, the cryptocurrency market’s most popular instant digital asset exchange, began to assist law enforcement to track bitcoin received and traded by the distributors and developers of the WannaCry ransomware. In an interview with O’Neill, Neutrino chief technology officer Alberto Ornaghi, noted around $20,000 was...

Arrested WannaCry Hero Denies Distributing Kronos Malware


Marcus Hutchins, a British cyber security expert who helped stall the WannaCry cyber attack and was recently arrested in Las Vegas on charges of distributing Kronos malware, has denied the charges, according to the BBC. Hutchins’ lawyer Adrian Lobo said she intends to fight the case in Wisconsin. She presented the judge letters she said showed support for her client who has never had legal...

FBI Arrest WannaCry Kill Switch Creator in Vegas


In a surprising turn of events, the FBI have arrested Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry kill switch creator, in Las Vegas for allegedly creating and distributing the Kronos malware to steal banking logins from victims’ computers. Hutchins, from Ilfracombe in Devon, who goes by the name of Malware Tech, became well-known earlier this year when he managed to find a kill switch to the WannaCry...

WannaCry Extortionists’ Ill-Gotten Bitcoins Are on the Move


Back in May, a global bitcoin extorting ransomware campaign was launched using the WannaCry ransomware strain. The attack managed to infect thousands of computers all over the world, including those belonging to 48 hospitals in the U.K. It was able to exploit a Windows vulnerability that had been leaked in April, and used a hacking tool believed to be stolen from the National Security Agency...

Google: Ransomware Extortionists Net $25 Million in Two Years, 95% Cashed out through BTC-E


Recently two global ransomware campaigns made headlines due to the incredible reach they managed to have. Both WannaCry and NotPetya managed to reach hundreds of countries, despite only earning their authors about $140,000 and $10,000 respectively. These numbers are minimal, as according to a report, 34 ransomware families earned extortionists $25 million in only two years. Presented at Blackhat...

NotPetya Ransomware Extortionists are Moving their Ill-Gotten Bitcoin

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As reported by CCN, last week a global ransomware campaign, using a strain dubbed NotPetya by Kaspersky Labs, hit computers in over 60 countries and managed to receive over four bitcoins, over $10,000, from it. The payout is significantly lower than expected. In May a ransomware strain known as WannaCry managed to raise over $130,000 in bitcoin from a global cyberattack. These recent payouts are...

$10,200: Global Petya Ransomware’s Bitcoin Earnings so Far


Yesterday’s global cyberattack showed, once again, how unprepared many organizations are when it comes to patching their systems to protect them from vulnerabilities, and so far, has received over $9,000. Despite the global disruption the cyberattack presented, only $9,500 has been paid from victims, to this address 1Mz7153HMuxXTuR2R1t78mGSdzaAtNbBWX according to Blockchain.info. While...

Bitcoin Price Approaches $2,000, Boosted by Global Trading and Improved Scalability Prospects


Go home WannaCry. Bitcoin price smashed through the $1,900 mark for the first time today, reaching a record high of $1,967.79 in the morning. Progress on the scalability front and political uncertainty impacting global currencies keep driving bitcoin forward. Bitcoin’s market cap reached $32.161 billion today, moving $989.952 million in a 24-hour period with a circulating supply of 16,339112 BTC...

Mainstream Media’s Blame-On-Bitcoin Narrative Fails to Portray Actual Cause of NSA Ransomware


The NSA tool-derived WannaCry ransomware was used to carry out the largest ransomware attack in history, affecting well more than 100,000 computers across 99 countries. Over the course of the attack, the majority of mainstream media outlets in the US continued to emphasize the involvement of bitcoin in the attack, rather than the utilization of the NSA tool which was developed using taxpayers’...

Bitcoin Price Struggles To Make Up For WannaCry Attack; Outlook Uncertain

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Bitcoin price has failed to recover most of the loss it suffered after the WannaCry ransomware sent it below $1,600 from the mid $1,800 range and locked around 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries demanding bitcoin, according to CNBC. Brian Kelly, CEO of Brian Kelly Capital Management, called the assault a hit to bitcoin sentiment. The price recovered some of the loss over the weekend...

India Issues Red Alert as WannaCry Ransomware Hits Sporadically

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India’s cybersecurity agency has issued a public ‘critical alert’ asking Indians not to pay a bitcoin ransom if struck by the notorious ‘WannaCry’ ransomware strain that has hit over a hundred countries around the world. The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), India’s cybercrime agency tasked to combat hacking and phishing while bolstering the nation’s cyber defenses has...

UK Security Researcher Pulls Handbrake on Global Ransomware Menace


A U.K.-based cyber researcher known as MalwareTech stopped the WannaCry ransomware that gained control of thousands of computers worldwide, forcing victims to pay $300 in bitcoin to restore their files. WannaCry was able to exploit a Windows vulnerability leaked in April and use a hacking tool believed to be stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA). The ransomware spread across 75,000 PCs...

Nearly $53k in Bitcoin Ransoms Paid with WannaCry Ransomware


An audacious global cyberattack that saw large institutions and companies in 150 countries affected has received nearly $53,000 in ransom demands being paid, since the attack took place, last Friday. The malicious malware, known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt, targeted around 75,000 computers with countries such as the U.K., the U.S., Russia, Spain, France, Japan and Taiwan infected after a flaw was...

Bitcoin’s Recent Price Dive: Did WannaCry Malware Cause It?

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Bitcoin took a dive from its $1,800 territory down to $1,600 Friday, but it has since managed to recover and as of late Saturday was back in high $1,700 territory. The drop naturally alarmed the market, given the steady gains the currency has made in the last two weeks. The Friday dip could have been caused by the WannaCry bitcoin malware infection that has afflicted 36,000 computers. The malware...

Global Bitcoin Extorting Ransomware Campaign Hits as Many as 74 Countries


Several major companies all over the world, including telecommunications companies and England’s National Health Service (NHS), are currently being targeted by a massive ransomware campaign that has already caused chaos in the affected organizations. Security researchers have allegedly identified the ransomware strain WannaCry, even though the attack’s origin is still unknown. According to...

NHS is Brought to its Knees in a Global Wave of Bitcoin Ransomware


The British National Health Service has declared a major incident after ransomware cyber-attacks on a number of hospital and GP surgeries across England with 22 hospitals known to be affected. “We can’t access any patient records. Everything is fully computerised. We have no idea what drugs people are on or the allergies they have. We can’t access the appointments system,” Dr...