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8423424691?profile=RESIZE_400xIn their attempt to extort as much money as quickly as possible out of victims, ransomware gangs know some effective techniques to get the full attention of a firm’s management team.  One of them is to specifically target the sensitive information stored on the computers used by a company’s top executives, in the hope of finding valuable data that can best pressure bosses into approving the payment of a sizeable ransom. 

Although the technique of prioritizing the theft of data from managers’ PCs

8038692495?profile=RESIZE_400xA newly identified group of financially motivated hackers, likely based in a Russian-speaking country, has been running high-volume phishing, ransomware, and extortion campaigns in the United States, Germany, and many other countries for the last four years, using the Clop ransomware and various backdoors in their operations.

Researchers at Mandiant have been tracking the group since 2016 and have responded to a number of intrusions in which the group, known as FIN11, has used initial access to