This week it was reported that two towns in Florida had paid $1.1 million to hackers after suffering ransomware attacks.

Officials in Lake City and Riviera Beach voted to make payments after computer systems were downed, locking municipal staff out of important files, affecting emergency response systems and stopping the public making online payments.

It is a matter for the victim whether to pay the ransom and officials in these cases felt that paying up was the most efficient way to regain computer access. However, the National Crime Agency encourages industry and the public not to pay.

Ransomware is a growing cyber security threat and The NCSC has published guidance on how to protect organisations from ransomware. There are also steps that organisations can take to reduce the likelihood of malware infection.

Firefox’s random password generator

Following Google’s move – roughly a year later – Mozilla is adding a random password generator to Firefox.

Infosec reporters say the add-on is expected to be rolled out for all Firefox users when Firefox 69 is released later this year and will work alongside the browser’s built-in password manager.

During registration processes on websites, Firefox will suggest a password. The “use generated password” option will then appear when the password field is activated and will be automatically saved if selected.

You can read about password managers and ou