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Russian Hackers May Be Behind Virus Attacking U.S. Police, Acronis Says

  • File-encrypting malware triggers data loss or ransom expenses
  • New ransomware Osiris can avoid detection, spread via cloud

Russian-speaking hackers may be behind the latest version of file-encrypting malware that attacked a Texas police department and can spread via cloud services, according to data-protection firm Acronis International GmbH.

The new ransomware, named “Osiris” after the Egyptian god of the afterlife, can disseminate itself in corporate networks without being detected and even spread to other organizations via customer-relationship management systems, Acronis said in a statement.