Hacker News: Warning- Two Dangerous Ransomware Are Back – Protect Your Computers


Ransomware has been around for a few years but has become an albatross around everyone’s neck—from big businesses and financial institutions to hospitals and individuals worldwide—with cyber criminals making millions of dollars.

In just past few months, we saw a scary strain of ransomware attacks including WannaCryPetya and LeakerLocker, which made chaos worldwide by shutting down hospitals, vehicle manufacturing, telecommunications, banks and many businesses.

Before WannaCry and Petya, the infamous Mamba full-disk-encrypting ransomware and the Locky ransomware had made chaos across the world last year, and the bad news is—they are back with their new and more damaging variants than ever before.

Diablo6: New Variant of Locky Ransomware


First surfaced in early 2016, Locky has been one of the largest distributed ransomware infections, infecting organisations across the globe.

By tricking victims into clicking on a malicious attachment, Locky ransomware encrypts nearly all file formats on a victim’s computer and network and unlocks them until the ransom in Bitcoins is paid to attackers.

The ransomware has made many comebacks with its variants being distributed through Necurs botnet and Dridex botnet.

This time security researchers have discovered a fresh spam malware campaign distributing a new variant of Locky known as Diablo6 and targeting computers around the world, with the United States being the most targeted country, followed by Austria.

An independent security researcher using online alias Racco42 first spotted the new Locky variant that encrypts files on infected computers and appends the .diablo6 file extension.

Like usually, the ransomware variant comes in an email containing a Microsoft Word file as an attachment, which when opened, a VBS Downloader script is executed that then attempts to download the Locky Diablo6 payload from a remote file server.

The ransomware then encrypts the files using RSA-2048 key (AES CBC 256-bit encryption algorithm) on the infected computer before displaying a message that instructs victims to download and install Tor browser; and visit the attacker’s site for further instructions and payments.

This Locky Diablo6 variant demands a sum of 0.49 Bitcoin (over $2,079) from victims to get their files back.

Unfortunately, at this time it is impossible to recover the files encrypted by the .Diablo6 extension, so users need to exercise caution while opening email attachments.

Return of Disk-Encrypting Mamba Ransomware


Mamba is another powerful and dangerous kind of ransomware infection that encrypts the entire hard disk on an affected computer instead of just files, leaving the system totally unusable unless a ransom is paid.

Similar tactics have also been employed by other ransomware attacks, including Petya and WannaCry, but the Mamba ransomware has been designed for destruction in corporates and other large organisations, rather than extorting Bitcoins.

Late last year, Mamba infected the San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) system’s network over the Thanksgiving weekend, causing major train delays and forcing officials to shut down ticket machines and fare gates at some stations.

Now, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted a new campaign distributing Mamba infections, targeting corporate networks in countries, majorly in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

Mamba is utilising a legitimate open source Windows disk encryption utility, called DiskCryptor, to fully lock up hard drives of computers in targeted organisations. So, there is no way to decrypt data as the encryption algorithms used by DiskCryptor are very strong.


Although it’s not clear how the ransomware initially finds its way into a corporate network, researchers believe like most ransomware variants, Mamba might be using either an exploit kit on compromised or malicious sites or malicious attachments sent via an email.

The ransom note does not immediately demand money, rather the message displayed on the infected screen only claims that the victim’s hard drive has been encrypted and offers two email addresses and a unique ID number to recover the key.

Here’s How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has become one of the largest threats to both individuals and enterprises with the last few months happening several widespread ransomware outbreaks.

Currently, there is no decryptor available to decrypt data locked by Mamba and Locky as well, so users are strongly advised to follow prevention measures in order to protect themselves.

Beware of Phishing emails: Always be suspicious of uninvited documents sent over an email and never click on links inside those documents unless verifying the source.

Backup Regularly: To always have a tight grip on all your important files and documents, keep a good backup routine in place that makes their copies to an external storage device that is not always connected to your PC.

Keep your Antivirus software and system Up-to-date: Always keep your antivirus software and systems updated to protect against latest threats.

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Revealed! George Soros linked to Charlottesville violence

The shameful violence that erupted between far-left and far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend was strongly condemned by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Who was behind it all? Some are pointing blame at leftist billionaire George Soros.

President Donald Trump himself stated that the hateful bigotry displayed had “no place in America” after a clash between white supremacists and radical “Anti-Fascist” counter-protesters left one dead and dozens injured this weekend.

However, the far-left group Refuse Fascism — an organization that was front-and-center at the chaos in Virginia —  has announced plans to take these violent protest nationwide on Nov 4.

And they’re receiving thousands of dollars from a Soros-backed group to do so.

Refuse Fascism has bragged about the “righteous” violence they helped organize against Trump supporters in places like Berkeley, Seattle, and Portland this past year.

Emboldened by their clash with actual racists on Saturday, the group has begun organizing major demonstrations in New York and Texas in the Fall.

In February, following one the first major outbreaks of political violence that has plagued America since the election, this pro-communist group was revealed to be a Soros-funded entity by The Daily Caller.

“While it is unclear whether those who carried out the violence [in February] were paid to do so, the benefactors of the Alliance for Global Justice — and Refuse Fascism — are listed online. According to its most recent 990 tax form, Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) received $2.2 million in funding for the fiscal year ending in March 2016,” The Daily Caller reported. “One of the group’s biggest donors is the Tides Foundation, a non-profit funded by billionaire progressive philanthropist George Soros. Tides gave AfGJ $50,000.”

While the racist terrorism that divided the city of Charlottesville has been strongly condemned by conservative leaders, the far-left — socialist organizations like Refuse Fascism that spend thousands of dollars to encourage riots — have so-far refused to accept their share of the blame.

In early June, for example, a radical leftist that self-identified as an “Anti-Fascist” attempted to assassinate Republican congressmen preparing for the annual Congressional charity baseball game.

“The violence is not indigenous to just one side of the political spectrum. While other entities are farther along, this emergent hard left has coalesced. And we can’t just ignore it,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino, warned The Kansas City Star earlier this year.

In no uncertain terms, The Horn News condemns and denounces racists and white supremacist everywhere. These hate groups stand opposed to the core values of the United States, and their viewpoints should not be tolerated among patriotic Americans. We pray for peace and love for all Americans, regardless of their race, color, creed or gender, and together demand that all people be judged only by the merit of their character.

We call on liberal leaders like George Soros to say the same about the radical communists and violent far-left racists that participate in political violence, instead of funding them.

Here are is the statement by the president regarding the situation —


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Source: http://www.newsweek.com/alex-jones-calls-charlottesville-violence-false-flag-650152

George Soros did it. Or maybe it was the Deep State. That was the reaction of the far right to Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three dead. Even as images played on television of James Alex Fields, Jr., plowing his car into a crowd protesting the Unite the Right rally, a counter-narrative was coalescing on the Internet that offered a competing reality, one that had little grounding in confirmable fact.

Supremacists of all forms will never cease to exist. Anti-American globalists/elitists are the real cause for concern. 

The disconnect between what most Americans saw or read about the events in Charlottesville, where white nationalists had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, and what the far right told itself about the very same events, suggests that nearly a year after fake news helped elect a president, alternative facts remain as alluring, and persuasive, as they have ever been.

For the extreme right, Charlottesville was not a cautionary tale about emboldened white supremacists who appear to have found troubling succor in the presidential administration of Donald J. Trump. Instead, the entire Unite the Right rally was potentially a false flag perpetrated by the Democrats and their enablers in the Deep State, a nonexistent figment of the right-wing imagination that invokes a network of career federal and military officials seeking to bring down Donald Trump. A global network of elites, many of them Jewish, may also have been involved, according to this version of events.

Congress needs to list Antifa, BLM, KKK & (Soros/Obama/Jarrett as domestic terrorists. How much will Congress make us tolerate?! https://twitter.com/pnehlen/status/896625866809241600 

A false flag is a diversionary tactic employed in battle at sea. Today, it most commonly refers to a government staging a terrorist attack it subsequently uses to malign and possibly prosecute forces hostile to the establishment. The notion of pervasive “false flags” has been popularized by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, founder of Infowars. According to Jones, the attacks of 9/11 were a false flags, as was the murder of 20 children at the Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012.

Jones presented his depressingly predictable explanation of what transpired in Charlottesville in a video posted on Saturday. “EXCLUSIVE: Virginia Riots Staged To Bring In Martial Law, Ban Conservative Gatherings,” the headline read. The video was an hour-long diatribe against some of Jones’s favorite targets, including liberal philanthropist George Soros, Black Lives Matter, globalists, elitists, the Democrats, the Republicans and anarchists, among many others. However, Jones failed to provide even remotely compelling evidence that anyone of these forces was directly responsible for the weekend’s violence (Fields killed one woman with his car, while two Virginia State Police officers died when their helicopter crashed en route to Charlottesville).

At one point, Jones appeared to suggest that the Southern Poverty Law Center was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Jones also claimed that the media had failed to cover widespread assaults on families of Trump supporters in Washington, D.C., during January’s presidential inauguration.

Jones is hardly the only Charlottesville conspiracy theorist desperately trying to protect the alt-right from accusations of violence. The most far-flung of these have focused on Fields, the 20-year-old Ohio man who drove his car into a gather of counterprotestors, killing one and injuring 19. Fields was subsequently apprehended and is now being held at Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. He will be arraigned on Monday, likely on second degree murder charges.

Some on the far right, however, have suggested that Fields was a government agent provocateur sent to cause havoc that would ultimately be blamed on Unite the Right and its constituent factions.

“The CIA drove that car into the crowd,” wrote a user on 4chan, the social network popular with the far right. “The CIA crashed that Helicopter.”

“Appears to be the perfect set-up to win sympathy for the violent left, while demonizing the right,” another 4chan user wrote, listing a bevy of reasons for why Fields was a patsy.

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While others did not attempt to argue away Fields’s culpability, they nevertheless sought to prove that the entire Unite the Right rally was an event sponsored by the left to discredit the right. Some took the coincidental fact that Saturday was the birthday of Soros, the Hungarian-American liberal philanthropist, as proof of his involvement. Soros is often invoked by conspiracy theorists as a symbol of a global, Jewish elite, one at counter with Trump and his nationalist agenda.

“I think it was a false flag. Unfortunately people were killed and injured. This is Soros’ minions and our corrupt government causing civil unrest,” a user identifying herself as Christine Ramirez wrote on Gab, another social media platform popular with extremist elements.

Did  just splurge on some political violence for his birthday?🤔🎁http://freebeacon.com/politics/happy-birthday-george-soros/ 

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Violent Antifa & Nazis are stupid, but George Soros is NOT stupid. He’s a clever sociopath who threw gasoline on the fire. 

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Others noted that Soros offers financial support to the American Civil Liberties Union, among many other organizations. The ACLU had filed suit to allow Unite the Right to congregate in Charlottesville, in keeping with its mission of protecting First Amendment rights. Some, however, thought the organization was acting on Soros’s orders.

Varieties of this narrative were endorsed by some of the alt-right’s loudest voices:

Today was a great day for George Soros and the media, a disaster for Americanism. It makes you wonder who pulled the strings today. https://twitter.com/chrismillsshow/status/896605054878138368 

Others yet blamed the Deep State, a concept popularized in part by chief White House political strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who some have branded a white nationalist and anti-Semite. Bannon is the former chairman of Breitbart News, which he boasted was “the platform for the alt-right.” (A Newsweek email query to Bannon about the events in Charlottesville went unanswered.)

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I’m posting this here now before they change it. The man who rammed the car–his info has been on google for 24 hours.

“Does anybody doubt that the Deep State has the ability to take over control of cars and trucks and drive them into crowds? Not saying that happened today. But I guarantee you it will if it suits their agenda,” wrote a user identified as ShareThisMeme on  /r/The_Donald,  a section of Reddit where supporters of the president trade memes and conspiracy theories.

The broadest of the false flag theories charges that the modern Democratic Party is grounded firmly in the principles of the Nazi party and is therefore responsible for all manner of intolerance at work in American society today. The tortured argument was recently popularized by right-wing pundit Dinesh D’Souza in The Big Lie. Earlier this month, D’Souza visited the White House, where he discussed The Big Lie with Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, a White House adviser who has also been accused of having ties to extremist groups. On Saturday, D’Souza took to Twitter to promote that argument, even as many other figures in the conservative movement were condemning Unite the Right.

Who invented white nationalism? The Democrats. And black nationalism? Ditto. So don’t try & blame this on the GOP 

Let’s not forget the GOP has ostracized David Duke while former KKK leader Robert Byrd was lionized till his death by leading Democrats

The far right also rejoiced in Trump’s statement that the violence in Charlottesville had come from “many sides.” In failing to explicitly condemn the white supremacist, Trump proved far more effective than any false flag theory in shifting the blame away from those who seem to plainly deserve it.

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