WannaCry ransomware affects over 150 countries, Africa least hit

On Friday 12th May, organizations across the world were hit by a massive ransomware attack, named WannaCry, which exploited a (now patched) Microsoft Windows vulnerability revealed in the Shadowbrokers dump on April 14. This latest variant of ransomware  according to Avast Security data,  is mainly being targeted to Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan, but the ransomware …

Ransomware variant Samas RansomWorm is wreaking havoc on unsuspecting computers

Samas RansomWorm, a ransomware variant  is infiltrating unsuspecting machines, gaining its name from its unusual propagation characteristics. Whereas traditional ransomware only encrypts the machine the attacker is controlling, RansomWorm propagates inside throughout the entire network to encrypt every server and computer—and the backups. According to research from Javelin Networks, it executes what it calls the …