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Most ransomware isn’t as complex as you might think

Engin Kirda, the co-founder of Lastline Labs, took the floor at Black Hat USA to give a retrospective view of ransomware and analyze its present-day flaws. Hi! Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for showing up. I have the...

Explorations in Data Destruction 8: Electric Techniques

Zoz now stages experiments with high voltage as a method to demolish SSD drives and provides a general summary on destruction techniques that work the best. I have to go really fast now with electric. There aren’t...

Explorations in Data Destruction 7: Diamond Charge and Blast Suppression

Having conducted enough experiments with the Munroe effect over shaped charges, Zoz decides to try diamond charges and a blast suppression technique. So I feel good about shaped charges, but there’s one other charge...

Explorations in Data Destruction 6: Oil Well Perforators

Courtesy of a neighboring bomb squad, Zoz gets the chance to play around with oil well perforators by utilizing them in his staged data demolition experiments. Alright, moving on, the bomb squad said to us “Oh, by...

Explorations in Data Destruction 5: The Munroe Effect

Zoz continues his series of HDD destruction experiments as he gives annular and radial shaped charges a shot and tries the compression welding technique. The stearic acid turns out to be a really important component of...

Explorations in Data Destruction 4: Kinetic Methods

This part of Zoz’ research is a 101 on HDD demolition through physical damage rather than heat, so find out what techniques he leveraged and how it all went. Alright, moving on to part 2 – kinetic (see right-hand...

Surprise, Hackers Use TeamViewer to Spread Ransomware

Security analysts mostly deal with ransomware attacks deployed through exploits, booby-trapped email attachments, or Microsoft Office loopholes occurring when users are tricked into enabling macros. A series of recent...

Explorations in Data Destruction 3: Beyond Straight Thermite

As Zoz keeps experimenting with thermal methods to completely ruin HDDs, he tries more substances based on thermite and draws some interesting conclusions. So alright, I wasn’t ready to give up yet. I know that in...
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