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Ryuk ransomware attacks businesses over the holidays
While families gathered for food and merriment on Christmas Eve, most businesses slumbered. Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse—or so they thought. For those at Tribune Publishing and Data Resolution, however, a silent attack was slowly spreading through their networks, encrypting data and halting operations. And this attack was from a fairly new ransomware family called Ryuk. Ryuk, which made its debut in August 2018, is different from many other ransomware families we’ve analyzed, not because of its capabilities, but because of the novel way it infects systems. So let’s take a look at this elusive new threat. What is Ryuk? What makes it different from other ransomware attacks? And how can businesses stop it and similar threats in the future? What is Ryuk? Ryuk first appeared in August 2018, and while not incredibly active across the globe, at least three organizations were hit with Ryuk infections over the course of the first two months of its operations, landing the attackers about $640,000 in ransom for their efforts.
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