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Threat Research March 14, 2017

Merry X-Mas Ransomware Decryption Tool

Merry X-Mas is a ransomware that was first spotted in the wild on January 3, 2017. Upon successful infection, the ransomware encrypts victims’ files and presents a “Merry Christmas” ransom note with a holiday-themed design…

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Threat Research March 13, 2017

Hancitor Makes First Appearance in Top Five ‘Most Wanted’ Malware in Check Point’s February Global Threat Impact Index

Hancitor has surged into the top five of our ‘most wanted’ malware families worldwide for the first time, according to the new February Global Threat Impact Index from our Threat Intelligence Research Team. The downloader,…

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Threat Research February 21, 2017

2016 H2 Global and Regional Threat Intelligence Trends

Introduction New, sophisticated threats continue to emerge on a daily basis across multiple platforms: social media, mobile platforms, email, and web pages. At the same time, prominent malware and attack methods continue to evolve, bypassing…

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Threat Research January 24, 2017

Charger Malware Calls and Raises the Risk on Google Play

Several weeks ago, Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention detected and quarantined the Android device of an unsuspecting customer employee who downloaded and installed a 0day mobile ransomware from Google Play dubbed “Charger.” This incident demonstrates…

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Threat Research January 16, 2017

Malware Takes a Christmas Break in December’s Global Threat Index

Global malware attacks decreased by 8% in December compared with the previous month, with the popular Locky ransomware recording a huge 81% decrease per week, according to the latest monthly Global Threat Index from Check…

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Threat Research January 3, 2017

Looking for a New Employee? Beware of a New Ransomware Campaign

Despite trying to brand itself as a new malware, GoldenEye, the latest Petya variant, is very similar to older versions and differs mostly in its “golden” motif. The most prominent change, however, is how the…

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Threat Research December 29, 2016

How We Found Two New Ransomware Families and Built Their Decryptors

Ransomware is one of the most common and effective attack methods today, and it seems this trend isn’t going to change anytime soon. This last November, we found that ransomware attacks are surging, with our…

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Our Blog December 15, 2016

No More Ransom! Check Point adds firepower to the global ransomware battle

If you didn’t know what ransomware was at the start of this year, chances are that you do now. It’s been the biggest cybersecurity story of 2016 for both businesses and consumers. Back in February,…

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Security Insights December 13, 2016

Ransomware Attacks Spike Globally in November’s ‘Most Wanted’ Malware List

Ransomware attacks continued to rise worldwide during November, according to the latest monthly Global Threat Index from Check Point’s Threat Intelligence Research Team.   Ransomware attacks using the Locky and Cryptowall variants both increased by 10%…

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Security Insights December 1, 2016

The Internet of Ransomware Things

San Francisco’s Municipal Railway (MUNI) riders got to ride for free over the last weekend (Nov 25th-26th), after what appears as a ransomware hit the agency’s payment system. The alleged attack sought $73,000 in ransom…

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