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Don't pay off Ryuk ransomware, warn infoseccers: Its creators borked the decryptor


Oracle DBs particularly vulnerable to fake decryptions, say researchers

If you're an Oracle database user and are tempted to pay off a Ryuk ransomware infection to get your files back, for pity's sake, don't. The criminals behind it have broken their own decryptor, meaning nobody will be able to unlock files scrambled by the malicious software.

This is according to infosec biz Emsisoft, which warned the latest evolution of Ryuk's decryptor truncates a file footer used by the ransomware to check whether or not a particular file has been fully or partially encrypted.

Snatch ransomware reboots PCs in Windows Safe Mode to bypass antivirus apps


The authors of the Snatch ransomware are using a never-before-seen trick to bypass antivirus software and encrypt victims' files without being detected.

The trick relies on rebooting an infected computer into Safe Mode, and running the ransomware's file encryption process from there.

The reason for this step is that most antivirus software does not start in Windows Safe Mode, a Windows state meant for debugging and recovering a corrupt operating system.

However, the Snatch crew discovered that they could use a Windows registry key to schedule a Windows service to start in Safe Mode. This service would run their ransomware in Safe Mode without the risk of being detected by antivirus software, and having its encryption process stopped.

Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice


European clinical guidelines on how to treat a major form of heart disease are under review following a BBC Newsnight investigation.

Europe's professional body for heart surgeons has withdrawn support for the guidelines, saying it was "a matter of serious concern" that some patients may have had the wrong advice.

Guidelines recommended both stents and heart surgery for low-risk patients.

But trial data leaked to Newsnight raises doubts about this conclusion.

Newsnight has seen that unpublished data and it shows that under the universal definition, patients in the trial that had received stents had 80% more heart attacks than those who had open heart surgery.

The lead researchers on the trial have told Newsnight that this is "fake information". But Newsnight has spoken to experts who say they believe the data is credible.

Google Sued Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act 


Another day, another suit against a brand name for allegations of violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Plaintiffs’ attorneys are having a field day filing class action lawsuits based on BIPA.

Late last week, Google was sued in Cook County, Illinois in a proposed class action, alleging that it violated BIPA by “collecting, storing and using Plaintiffs’ and other similarly situated individuals’…biometrics without informed written consent, in direct violation of BIPA.”

The suit alleges that Google is violating BIPA because it is “actively collecting, storing, and using—without providing notice, obtaining informed written consent or publishing data retention policies—the biometrics of millions of unwitting individuals whose faces appear in photographs uploaded to Google Photos in Illinois.”

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