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Five Arrested for Cerber, CTB-Locker Ransomware Spread

Authorities arrest three Romanian suspects for spreading CTB-Locker malware and two for a ransomware case linked to the United States.

Romanian authorities have arrested three suspects for spreading a form of ransomware called Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker (CTB-Locker) throughout Europe. Two members of the same criminal group have been arrested for distributing Cerber ransomware within the United States.

An investigation into CTB-Locker began in early 2017, when authorities were alerted to Romanian nationals sending spam messages designed to look like they came from Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. The messages infected systems and encrypted data with CTB-Locker ransomware, which targets almost all versions of Windows including XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

Two suspects were arrested for contaminating a large number of systems in the US with Cerber ransomware. Initially the two investigations were separate, but they were combined when it was discovered people in the same Romanian criminal group was responsible for both. Suspects did not develop the malware themselves but acquired it before launching infection campaigns.

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Dr.T
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12/24/2017 | 4:41:23 PM
Re: Never pay the ransom
But many small businesses and some large ones (Merck) don't have a tested plan in place - ergo? I am not suprise about this, I have involved a few other big companies and they are not there yet either.
Dr.T
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12/24/2017 | 4:39:34 PM
Re: Never pay the ransom
Also, never open an attachment received from someone you don't know This is a good suggestion, that may be better options than anything else we can do.
Dr.T
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12/24/2017 | 4:37:41 PM
Re: Never pay the ransom
This includes regularly backing up the data stored on your computer, Sometime backup is encrypted too, so it needs to be an off-site backup in my view.
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12/24/2017 | 4:36:14 PM
Re: Never pay the ransom
Never pay the ransom I would agree however if you do not have a backup and data is lost, you do not have so much options.
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12/24/2017 | 4:34:29 PM
Arrest
I say arrest is a good news it represents there are consequences for their actions and they can not get away with it.
REISEN1955
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12/22/2017 | 2:01:37 PM
Re: Never pay the ransom
Ransomeware is a 900 pound paper tiger.  IF you do not have a good backup and restoration plan, you are screwed.  IF you have a tested plan in place --- hey, the only real issue is data exfiltration.  But many small businesses and some large ones (Merck) don't have a tested plan in place - ergo? 
RyanSepe
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12/22/2017 | 10:09:32 AM
Never pay the ransom
This is an item that I have advocated for quite some time. Ransomware though easy to execute is also easy to mitigate. This comes directly from the linked article:

"This includes regularly backing up the data stored on your computer, keeping your systems up to date and installing robust antivirus software. Also, never open an attachment received from someone you don't know or any odd looking link or email sent by a friend on social media, a company, online gaming partner, etc."
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