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Ransomware attack group launches double extortion with Facebook ads

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Ragnar Locker ransomware group is not only taking organizations’ data hostage, it’s also pressuring victims to pay by advertising the data breaches on Facebook. This tactic to publicly pressure organizations into paying was first observed in April, when Ragnar Locker launched its “Wall of Shame” site. In recent months, Ragnar Locker has targeted a series of organizations. Regular Facebook advertisers at...

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Mattel ransomware hackers toy with wrong company

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Mattel Inc., the company that produces Hot Wheels, Batman action figures and Barbie dolls, recently experienced a ransomware attack. No sensitive data was lost. The company managed to independently overcome the attack independently. It’s a rare success story. Mattel reports that it has suffered “no material impact to operations or financial condition.” Typically, ransomware attacks lead to business downtime and...