Archive for September 7, 2021

Guest Post: According To Atlas VPN, Afghanistan Became The Primary Target For Ransomware Attacks In The Past Month

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 7, 2021 by itnerd

The recent Taliban takeover of the government in Afghanistan has brought a lot of chaos upon the nation. Cybercriminals are seeing that such disorder in the country is another chance for them to benefit. 

According to the Atlas VPN team data analysis, Afghanistan became the primary target for ransomware attacks worldwide. in the last month. Providing security for companies’ staff and customers will be extremely difficult in now Taliban-ruled land. 

In the past 30 days, cybercriminals launched 1.77% of all ransomware attacks at Afghanistan. Hackers noticed that businesses in the Taliban governed country right now are very vulnerable. 

While businesses are trying to adapt to a new political system, they also have to worry about the uprising of ransomware. The Taliban coup has made it difficult for local small companies to continue operating due to disruptions in the supply chain and transportation. 

successful ransomware attack on the local Afghanistan business could ruin it completely. The company would have a tough time paying the ransom as bank owners fear completing business transactions while thousands of Afghans are standing in crowds to withdraw their money. 

Other countries such as Papua New Guinea have suffered from 1.69% of ransomware attacks. Pakistan follows third, being threatened by 1.36% of attacks. 

Cybersecurity writer and researcher at Atlas VPN William Sword shares his thoughts on ransomware attacks directed at Afghanistan: 

“Threat actors are launching ransomware attacks at Afghanistan during this challenging period. While organizations have to deal with the shortage of skilled workforce and cut foreign relationships, a cyberattack could mean the end of a company, worsening the economic situation in Afghanistan even more.”

Most used ransomware 

Most ransomware works similarly by encrypting the user’s information and asking for a ransom payment to unlock it. 

Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Wanna.m malware was used in 14.64% of ransomware attacks in the past month, making it the most popular. This family belongs to the WannaCry type malware, which encrypts user files. 

Next up is the Trojan-ransom.win32.Crypmodadv.gen ransomware which hackers applied in 9.79% of attacks. As soon as Trojan is injected, it will encrypt the victim’s computer while placing a ransom note with the requested amount. 

Following up is the Trojan-Ransom.WIN32.Phny.a ransomware exploited by 9.32% of cybercriminals. 

Lastly, we have Trojan-Ransom.win32.Crypren.gen and Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Wanna.zbu malwarewhich were used in 5.64% and 5.13% of ransomware attacks, respectively. 

To read the full article, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/afghanistan-became-the-primary-target-for-ransomware-attacks-in-the-past-month

Remedy Entertainment & Epic Games Announce Alan Wake Remastered

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 7, 2021 by itnerd

Today, Remedy Entertainment announced Alan Wake Remastered, a fully remastered version of the 2010 classic. Published by Epic Games Publishing, Alan Wake Remastered will feature the complete Alan Wake experience – including the main game and two expansions, The Signal and The Writer – in all-new rendered 4K visuals, as well as new commentary from creative director Sam Lake.

Alan Wake Remastered will launch in fall 2021, and will be available on PC on the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4/Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. With the original game having launched on Xbox 360 and arriving on PC a few years later, this will be the first time ever that Alan Wake will be available to PlayStation users. For existing fans of the game, it’s an opportunity to experience the best version of Alan Wake yet.

Remedy also did something a bit unorthodox to reveal Alan Wake Remastered. This morning, Remedy’s Sam Lake announced the game with an open letter on The Sudden Stop, a fan-run community website that’s been covering Alan Wake and Remedy since 2012. Given the incredible support Remedy receives from their players (including nearly a decade of dedication from The Sudden Stop), the studio wanted to shine the “flashlight” on the fans and give this announcement to one of their most passionate communities.

Additional Information:

  • In this award-winning cinematic action-thriller, troubled author Alan Wake embarks on a desperate search for his missing wife, Alice. Following her mysterious disappearance from the Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls, he begins to discover pages of a horror story he has supposedly written, but has no memory of. 
  • Wake is forced to question his sanity as, page by page, the horror story comes true before his eyes. A hostile supernatural presence is taking over everyone it finds, turning them against him.
  • He has no choice but to confront the forces of darkness with the beam of his flashlight, a handgun and what remains of his shredded mind. His nightmare journey to find answers will take him into the terrifying depths of night.
  • The tense, episodic story is packed with unexpected twists, heart-stopping cliff hangers, and intense bursts of combat where it takes more than bullets to banish the darkness. The game’s cutscenes, quirky cast of characters, and majestic Pacific Northwest vistas have been enhanced for a visual impact that matches its unnerving atmosphere. 

Alan Wake Remastered will launch this fall. Stay tuned for more information soon.

Facebook Apologizes After Its AI Labeled Black Men ‘Primates’…. WTF?

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 7, 2021 by itnerd

As you know, I am not a fan of Facebook. And this incident has made me less of a fan. According to the BBC, Facebook users who watched a newspaper video featuring black men were asked if they wanted to “keep seeing videos about primates” by an artificial-intelligence recommendation system:

Facebook told BBC News it “was clearly an unacceptable error”, disabled the system and launched an investigation. “We apologise to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.” It is the latest in a long-running series of errors that have raised concerns over racial bias in AI.

Their methodology for training the AI was probably flawed. Somewhere along the line the training set that this AI used likely contained black men and whatever was labeled “primates”. The AI correctly identified that yes, humans are primates, but the training set didn’t have anything in there to discern why “primate” was the wrong word to use. Which means that Facebook really needs to go back to the drawing board to come up with an AI that doesn’t show racial bias. Having a more diverse workforce would help with this seeing as Facebook has a problem with that. But, you know, baby steps.