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Does The U.S. Need Its Own Privacy Law?

Avast Blog – 8.13.19 (8.12.19)

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become the world’s gold standard for user privacy and breach disclosure regulation. It affects any business around the world that processes or stores the personal data of individuals resident in any EU country. It specifies standards for protecting that data, punitive penalties for mishandling it, stringent rules for the disclosure of its loss, and assures EU citizens certain rights and protections for their personal data.

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How Did Ransomware Become A Lasting Threat?

Avast Blog – 8.7.19 (8.6.19)

“All we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!”

This is an excerpt from a chilling ransom note Baltimore IT officials received from hackers who managed to lock up most of the city’s servers in May. The attackers demanded $76,000, paid in Bitcoin, for a decryption key. Baltimore refused to pay – choosing, instead, to absorb an estimated $18 million in recovery costs.

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Filecoder Ransomware Targets Android Devices

Avast Blog – 8.6.19 (8.2.19)

Researchers have identified a new family of ransomware that attacks Android devices, locking up files and demanding payment in exchange for a decryption keyZDNet reported this week. The new malware is called Android/Filecoder.C, and it is spread through malicious posts found on popular forums such as Reddit. The post pretends to offer adult content, but when a victim clicks on the malicious link, Filecoder automatically downloads to his or her device.

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