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Ashley Madison data breach leads to extortion attempts

"Send me 1.00000001 bitcoins or I'll tell your spouse you were cheating" seems to be how it goes down...

Win against ransomware - with free staff Wi-Fi!

If someone is determined to take online risks while they're at work - how much better if they aren't on the business network?

SSCC 200 - If you can't trust the IRS, whom can you trust? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin as they dissect the latest security news in our weekly podcast.

It's entertaining and educational - news you can use!

"Los Pollos Hermanos" ransomware - what will they think of next?

The latest visual meme in ransomware comes from a cult TV show...about ficticious crooks.

Paul Ducklin walks you through "PolloCrypt," more correctly known as Troj/LPoLock-A...

World Backup Day - is your data safe enough?

World Backup Day - is your data safe enough?

Ransomware has made us all aware of the value of backups - but there are many other reasons to have a copy of your vital data in reserve!

What's that screenshot doing on Facebook? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Facebook, ransomware and updates to updates - all in 60 seconds!

Our weekly video for 21 March 2015...

Ransomware - should you pay?


The big question, usually left unanswered in technical discussions of ransomware, is, "Should you pay?"

We help you make up your mind.

SSCC 190 - The CeBIT 2015 edition [PODCAST]


Recorded right on the Sophos booth at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.

Here's the Fifth Anniversary edition of our weekly podcast...enjoy!

$3m reward offered for alleged Gameover Zeus kingpin

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

The US State Department has offered a $3m reward for the arrest or conviction of alleged Gameover Zeus admin Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

New-style ransomware locks out your customers - demands money to let them log back in


The crooks took a low-key, annoyingly simple, and hard-to-spot approach.

Change usernames like JIMMY to FKOVWH3Z7LUV, but hide the changes...for a while, anyway.

PayPal, prison and ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video...

The latest news presented in a fun way, all in just one minute.

Notes from SophosLabs: Ransomware with a difference - this one is a true virus!

SophosLabs recently drew our attention to some new ransomware that is both interesting and intriguing.

Unusually, this one is a true parasitic virus - it infects other files as well as scrambling them.

'Annie', 'Fury', other Sony blockbuster movies pirated after network attack

Sony Pirates

At least five new movies have been leaked online after Sony Pictures' computer systems were attacked last week.

Sophos Techknow - Dealing with Ransomware [PODCAST]


No type of malware seems to get people's blood boiling quite as much as ransomware.

Learn how to protect yourself in this episode of our Sophos Techknow podcast series...

SSCC 172 - Ransomware's not dead! [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

News you can use!

GATSO! Speed camera phish leads to CryptoLocker ransomware clone...


Recently, we came across an intriguing phishing campaign that combines two feared products of the information age.

Gatsos (speed cameras) and ransomware, rolled into one attack!

Android "FBI Lock" malware - how to avoid paying the ransom


The latest "FBI Lock" Android ransomware reported by SophosLabs follows a familiar theme.

But it has a slight sting in the tail to make it trickier to remove, so we thought we'd take you through the steps...

SSCC 153: TrueCrypt, Towelroot, Cryptowall, and spam in Canada [PODCAST]

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin present this week's edition of the regular Sophos security podcast, the "Chet Chat."

In this episode: the TrueCrypt saga continues; the Towelroot software for unlocking Androids; ransomware after CryptoLocker; and Canada's long, long, long-awaited anti-spam law.

Privacy and iOS 8, USMS blunder and Cryptowall ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

One minute of fun with a serious side...

60 Second Security - 21 June 2014

Ransomware with a happy ending


Fortunately, not every cybercrook in the world is a good coder.

Let's hope it stays that way...