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The Ransomware Files

16 EpisodesProduced by Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media GroupWebsite

The Ransomware Files podcast tells the harrowing stories of technology experts who have fought back against ransomware, which is one of the greatest crime waves the internet has ever seen. It features in-the-trenches stories about how organisations recovered and frank human reflections from those wh… read more

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Thank You

November 8th, 2022


After 13 episodes and one guest episode, The Ransomware Files project has come to a close.  I want to thank everyone who participated and supported it. I wish this project had come to an end because ransomware was no …

Unproven Data Recovery

October 7th, 2022


What if you were hired for an office job but ended up negotiating with cybercriminals? There aren’t many rules around the cybercrime known as …

The Adult Boutique

September 15th, 2022


Dain Drake was CEO of United Structures of America, a steel fabrication facility outside of Houston. In June 2019, Dain found himself standing …

Guest Episode: The Storm

August 26th, 2022


The Ransomware Files is pleased to host a special guest episode from our friends at Hacked. In mid-April, there was a ransomware attack. It wasn’t against a small business. It wasn’t directed at a large company or even …

Dr. Ransomware, Part 2

August 5th, 2022


Is a practicing cardiologist living in Venezuela also a ransomware mastermind? If U.S. prosecutors are to be believed, Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez is …

Dr. Ransomware, Part 1

July 13th, 2022


The FBI’s Most Wanted list for cybercrime has a recent entry: Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez. He is a 55-year-old cardiologist living in Ciudad Bolivar, …


June 20th, 2022


Ransomware struck global currency exchange and remittance company Travelex on New Year's Eve 2019. Security Architect Don Gibson was DJing at a friend’s place when the first alerts came in. That night kicked off …

Bonus Ep: REvil Is Foiled

May 30th, 2022


If software has a dangerous and easy-to-exploit security vulnerability, should its maker tell customers to shut it down until it’s fixed? It’s a …

Ryuk's Rampage

May 6th, 2022


Rockford Public Schools in Illinois was infected with the Ryuk ransomware just days after the school year started in September 2019. They had one …

Kaseya and REvil

April 4th, 2022


The REvil ransomware gang's attack against the US software company Kaseya in 2021 is not only amongst the largest ransomware attacks of all time, but …

Texas and REvil

February 22nd, 2022


In 2019, 23 cities across Texas were infected with the REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware in one of the largest ransomware attacks that has ever occurred in the US. The cities recovered with remarkable speed due to the state's …

Maersk and NotPetya

January 25th, 2022


What if destructive malware disguised as ransomware nearly sank not just one company but many? Shipping giant Maersk was one of dozens of organisations crippled by the NotPetya malware in June 2017. Gavin Ashton and …

Critical Infrastructure

December 9th, 2021


Cybersecurity experts are increasingly worried about attacks and ransomware directed at the 70,000 water and wastewater facilities in the United States. In November 2020, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, which …

Bridging Backup Gaps

November 18th, 2021


Matthews is an Australian company that specializes in intelligent identification, labelling and inspection systems used by the food and beverage industry. In early 2020, it faced a "double extortion" attempt from …

The School District

November 2nd, 2021


Ski Kacoroski is a systems administrator with the Northshore School District in Bothell, Washington, which has 23,000 students. In 2019, the district …

The Ransomware Files Trailer

November 2nd, 2021


The Ransomware Files podcast tells the harrowing stories of IT pros who have fought back against ransomware, the greatest crime wave the Internet has ever seen.

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