How to outsmart ransomware

first_imgHave $175? Then it doesn’t matter if you utterly lack technical skills, you can become a cybercriminal. That’s because a malware strain called Karmen – potent ransomware – has been on sale on the dark web for $175.  That’s how bad this has gotten and it very well may cost your credit union money.In mid-May a ransomware attack infected thousands of organization in 70+ countries.  It all happened in the space of a few days. Some 200,000 are said to have been victimized.  Ransomware now is just about the fastest spreading malware out there.  The tools that spread it are slick and, as Karmen shows, they are also cheap.Little to no technical skill is needed to unleash ransomware via phishing emails on an unwary public and, increasingly, the targets of choice are businesses – especially American businesses – and that’s because businesses often are willing to pay up to rid themselves of malware. Symantec, in fact says the average ransomware payout in 2016 was $1077, up from $294 in 2015.Symantec also said that the payout rate in the US reached 64%, compared to 34% globally.  That means about two in three US victims pay up.Data from NTT Security also said that the US is by far the most common victim of ransomware.  The news gets worse.  Symantec said ransomware attacks were up 36% year over year.  Probably there will be still more this year.Ransomware is bad. There are various flavors but a common format is that the criminal mass mails out links that, when clicked on, download apps that lock files, preventing the user’s access. The files could be just about anything, from email to the entire computer.Know this: There are steps you need to take to protect yourself against being a ransomware victim. A key secret: the best self-defense is assuming you will be a victim and preparing accordingly. How? Read on.Also know: credit unions have already fallen victim to ransomware. How many? Nobody knows. Victims – especially ones likely to feel exceptional embarrassment and that includes financial institutions – do not advertise that they fell into a trap.  But credit union security experts talk of “at least several dozen” credit unions that have fallen victim to ransomware, paid ransoms, and sometimes regained access to their data.Small and medium sized credit unions are believed to be especially vulnerable because – unlike the mega credit unions – they typically lack sophisticated malware detection tools that stop malware from penetrating the organization.Probably more credit unions will fall victim. That’s because savvy criminals now are doubling down on attacks on businesses. Said Symantec: “a small number of groups have begun to specifically target businesses with ransomware attacks designed to infect multiple computers on a single network and encrypt valuable data.”Won’t a small payment result in the files being unlocked – so maybe this isn’t such a big deal? Not necessarily. Cyber crooks are crooks and that means they may not always live up to their word. Just because a ransom is paid does not mean full access to data is restored.  Said Symantec: “Paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee decryption of the victim’s files. According to the Norton Cyber Security Insight team, only 47 percent of victims who paid the ransom reported getting their files back.”Symantec also – worryingly – reported that smart criminals are beginning to try to attach ransoms that take into account the value of the data that has been locked. It pointed to a $70,000 ransom paid by San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency which had seen its light rail system disrupted.A credit union’s files might well be perceived as highly valuable.What can a credit union do to protect itself? Several things and it starts by training employees not to click on links in phishing emails – and retraining them frequently.But probably the single biggest step a credit union can take is to make sure its data are backed up and can be easily retrieved and put to use. Do just that – assume you will be victimized and prepare your defenses now – and you put yourself on safe ground.Savvy smartphone users generally aren’t ready ransomware victims because an iPhone user often has most of his/her data backed up to iCloud. An Android user also often will have lots of data automatically backed up in Gmail, etc.  When the data is on hand, it’s easy to tell the criminal to buzz off.The very same idea works for a credit union. Backup all critical data and that’s the antidote to ransomware.Accept this: very probably your institution will be assaulted this year by ransomware criminals.  How you fare is up to you.Take a few steps, now, and very probably you will do well indeed. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Detailslast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to kick Paul Merson for saying Arsenal would ‘rip Spurs to shreds’

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 6:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Comment Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed with Paul Merson’s comments (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino has joked that he would like to kick Paul Merson after he claimed that Arsenal would ‘rip Tottenham to shreds’ in Sunday’s derby.Arsenal head into the game against their north London rivals as slight favourites having won two of their opening three Premier League games compared to Spurs’ one.Merson certainly fancies his former club to take all three points at the Emirates, saying on Tuesday: ‘I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1. I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds.‘I think Tottenham are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few. The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs.’ADVERTISEMENT Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to kick Paul Merson for saying Arsenal would ‘rip Spurs to shreds’ Advertisement Advertisement Tottenham suffered a demoralising defeat to Newcastle last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ahead of the game, Pochettino was asked which of Arsenal’s players – past or present – he would like to have managed at Spurs and the Argentine flipped the question to aim a dig at Merson.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Maybe play against? Yes, I want to play against Paul Merson. I would like to kick him,’ he said with a smile to an amused press room.Spurs have finished ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table in each of the last three seasons with Pochettino establishing the club as a regular in the top-four places.However, Spurs failed to beat Arsenal in either league game last season, with the Gunners winning 4-1 at the Emirates before drawing 1-1 at Wembley after Hugo Lloris saved a last-minute penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMerson’s prediction that Arsenal will win comfortably against Spurs isn’t a universal view amongst Sky Sports’ pundits as Danny Mills selected only two of Unai Emery’s players in his combined XI from both sides.Pochettino also dismissed speculation that he could leave the club after the game saying: ‘What I can say about it is that is stupidity and rumour.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

The Latest: Indy 500 postponed until August

first_img___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.” The Latest: Indy 500 postponed until August — Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022. A person with knowledge of the matter says Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. That’s according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the jockey had not publicly revealed those details.Castellano’s agent, John Panagot, tweeted the news of the positive test on Thursday and then deleted the post. It was not immediately clear why the post, which indicated that Castellano was not showing symptoms and had jogged three miles on Wednesday, was removed.Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.Gulfstream has issued extremely tight restrictions for anyone entering the track, including jockeys. Racing is continuing at the track in Hallandale Beach, Florida without anyone but essential personnel present, meaning fans and even owners are not allowed on the premises. ___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus. ___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.” The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. ___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus. March 26, 2020 Associated Press Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed. ___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses. The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests. ___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___last_img read more