Story image

New Bitdefender vaccine for CryptoWall

31 Mar 16

Anti-virus provider Bitdefender is offering a new freeware product to protect users against CryptoWall, a new family of file-encrypting viruses.

Bitdefender says CryptoWall has been around for less than 5 months and has already extorted more than $1 million and caused damage on users who refuse to pay ransom.

“Ransomware is not only technologically challenging for both users and antimalware companies, but its success in extorting money is inspiring other cybercriminal groups to enter the ransomware business,” explains chief security strategist at Bitdefender, Catalin Cosoi.

File-encrypting ransomware has become one of the industry’s biggest challenges, according to a Bitdefender company blog post.

Because of the industry-grade asymmetric encryption algorithm, there is no reasonable way to recover the files without the private decryption key, the company says.

“The tool we are releasing blocks the encryption process even if the computer becomes infected,” Cosoi adds.

Additionally, Bitdefender is offering a similar tool to prevent computers fom being infected with

Locky, TeslaCrypt and CTB-Locker, considered some the most widespread file-encrypting ransomware programmes.

The Anti-Ransomware vaccine is built on the same principle as the CryptoWall vaccine. The new Bitdefender tool makes it appear as if computers are already infected with current variants of Locky, TeslaCrypt or CTB-Locker. This prevents those programmes from infecting them again.

JASK prepares for global rollout of their AI-powered ASOC platform
The JASK ASOC platform automates alert investigations, supposedly freeing the SOC analyst to do what machines can’t. 
Pitfalls to avoid when configuring cloud firewalls
Flexibility and granularity of security controls is good but can still represent a risk for new cloud adopters that don’t recognise some of the configuration pitfalls.
Securing hotel technology to protect customer information
Network security risks increase exponentially as hotels look to incorporate newer technologies to support a range of IoT devices, including smart door locks.
Why total visibility is the key to zero trust
Over time, the basic zero trust model has evolved and matured into what Forrester calls the Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem.
Gartner names Proofpoint Leader in enterprise information archiving
The report provides a detailed overview of the enterprise information archiving market and evaluates vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.
WatchGuard appoints new channel distributors in A/NZ
The appointments will enable WatchGuard to expand its regional channel reseller footprint.
Tensions on the rise after Huawei CFO arrest
“Recently our corporate CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was provisionally detained by the Canadian authorities on behalf of the United States of America."
Palo Alto Networks integrates RedLock and VM-Series with AWS Security Hub
AWS Security Hub is designed to provide users with a comprehensive view of their high-priority security alerts and compliance status.