White Hats Hack Locky Ransomware

By   Information Security Buzz Editorial Staff
Chief Editor , Information Security Buzz | May 09, 2016 03:00 am PST

White hat hackers have managed to break into the infamous Locky ransomware and replace the malware payload with a plain-text message that reads ‘Stupid Locky’. Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA, commented on this news below:

Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA:

“Today’s ‘Stupid Locky’ story sounds like a good old fashioned Robin Hood story. White hat hackers turning the tables on the dastardly robbers trying to demand a ransom from poor unsuspecting businesses. However, whilst it has raised a smile or two today, there’s a more serious side to the story that businesses need to consider. Relying on vigilante ‘good guys’ to save the day is not a robust security strategy. It is fraught with risk and dependent on luck and chance. The safest approach to protecting an organisation from ransomware is to train staff and increase awareness of this threat. Every organisation must have robust plans in place to minimise the chances of a cyber attack including an agreed – and rehearsed – plan of action.”

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