Ransomware Roundup: App promising free Netflix logins infects users with ransomware

Film-ReelIf you’re interested in getting a Netflix account, it’s probably best to pay the monthly subscription fee, otherwise you might end up with ransomware. Several people looking for a free Netflix ride got more than they bargained for recently when an application promising free Netflix logins infected their computers with file-encrypting ransomware. The ransomware victims downloaded the app, “Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe,” and clicked on the “Generate Login” button expecting valid Netflix credentials to pop up on their screen. To their disbelief, moments later they were surprised with a ransom message demanding $100 in Bitcoin. The lesson? If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. So be careful when visiting websites or downloading apps that promise freebies.

Texas police lose years of evidence after refusing to pay ransom
Yet another law enforcement agency has fallen victim to ransomware. The Cockrell Hill Police Department in Texas lost eight years of data after refusing to pay a Bitcoin ransom worth $4,000. The virus managed to infect all the department’s Microsoft Office documents, videos and photographs dating back to 2009. The strain of ransomware believed to be responsible is Osiris, the seventh generation of the Locky Ransomware virus. The incident serves as a stark reminder of just how important it is to keep backups of critical files. The right backup system means never having to pay a ransom.

Misconfigured firewall blamed for ransomware attack on hospital
Remember back in October when a leading UK heart hospital, The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, went offline for four days following a ransomware attack? It turns out a faulty firewall was to blame, according to ZDNet. The hospital, which was infected with Globe2 ransomware, was forced to cancel patients’ appointments while it dealt with the issue. Information provided by Cyber Security company NCC suggests that the attack occurred as the result of a “misconfigured firewall” that was in the process of being worked on by technicians. The unfortunate event highlights the importance of having up-to-date firewall and antivirus software to help ensure that your business is not left vulnerable to cybercriminals.

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