Malware

How to defend against Ransomware, the threat that holds your data and business hostage

With contributions by Anwar Haq and George Alifragis Ransomware has grown to become a significant threat to organizations today, no matter the size or industry. Cybercriminals are exploiting vulnerabilities in small businesses and enterprises alike, creating short-term and long-term damage that can impact everything from your employees’ productivity to your relationship with customers.

Fixing Ransomware First Requires That We Fix Security

Ransomware has become a familiar front page news topic thanks to recent high-profile attacks against a major meat producer and an East Coast operator of a critical oil pipeline. Also, consider the attack on a provider of software tools to IT outsourcing shops that let hackers paralyze hundreds of businesses on all five continents. No doubt the ransomware threat is serious, and now Washington is mobilizing to wipe out a scourge it formerly treated only as a criminal nuisance.

Protecting Hadoop Clusters From Malware Attacks

Two new strains of malware–XBash and DemonBot–are targeting Apache Hadoop servers for Bitcoin mining and DDOS purposes. This malware is scanning the internet so vigorously for Hadoop clusters that an infection can occur within minutes of an insecure cluster being placed on the open internet. This blog post describes the mechanism this malware uses and offers specific actions to protect your Hadoop-based clusters.