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CryptoPokemon ransomware decryptor developed

A new ransomware dubbed CryptoPokemon encrypts user files and demands approximately $104 worth of Bitcoin to decrypt the files.

CryptoPokemon encrypts files using SHA256 + AES128 and comes with a note containing an email address and website to contact the threat actors who describe themselves as “valiant support [who] will help you solve this problem.”

Emsisoft researchers are urging victims to not pay the ransom after they were able to find bugs in the malware’s source code which allowed them to create a free decryptor shared in their April 11 blog post.

VMware issues critical-rated security updates

VMware has issued updates to fix two security issues the company rated as critical, one of which could lead to a remote session hijacking if exploited.

The hijacking issue, CVE-2019-5523, was in VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers resolves a remote session hijack vulnerability in the Tenant and Provider Portals. The problem attacker could access the Tenant or Provider Portals by impersonating a currently logged in session.

Albany, N.Y. hit with ransomware attack

Albany, New York was hit with a ransomware attack on March 30 that has shut down an undetermined number of several city services.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan informed the public of the attack in a tweet on Saturday. Few details of the attack have been issued by city officials, but Sheehan did tell all city employees to come to work and that the building would be open to the public starting at Noon on Monday.

0.04% of downloads on Google Play in 2018 were ‘potentially harmful apps’

Google’s Android, now 10 years old, has not been a stranger to security issues over the years. But with the mobile operating system now installed on over 2 billion devices globally, Google has been taking an increasingly firmer grip on trying to bring the problem under control. Now, the company has published its lengthy annual update to take stock on just how well that is going.

It’s a slippery slope to be sure, with the number of apps and the enterprising attempts to maliciously exploit them both growing. To wit, 0.04 percent of all downloads from Google Play were classified as potentially harmful applications (PHAs) by Google, versus 0.02 percent in 2017 — an increase in part because Google is growing the categories it’s identified and is tracking.

UK Releases 130 Terabytes of Oil and Gas Data

The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is making available to the public some 130 terabytes of well, geophysical, field, and infrastructure data through the launch of the UK Oil and Gas National Data Repository (NDR).

The dataset covers 12,500 offshore wellbores, 5,000 seismic surveys, and 3,000 pipelines over more than five decades. The release is intended to help promote new investment, technology, and exploration activity on the UK Continental Shelf, ultimately boosting recovery, the OGA said in a news release.