Ransomware attacks highlight the importance of eliminating network blind spots

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By Sanjai Gangadharan A wave of ransomware swept across Europe at an incredibly rapid clip on Tuesday, grinding business to a halt at banks, airports, pharmaceutical companies, government offices, service providers, utilities and more, security researchers said. Dubbed GoldenEye, a new variant of the Petrwrap/Petya ransomware, this attack is sneaking past traditional security defenses – according to The Hacker News, only 13 out of 61 anti-virus services are successfully detecting it – to load malware onto victims’ Windows machines and hold files for ransom unless the attackers are paid $300 in bitcoin.

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