D.C. Surveillance Cameras Inoperable After Ransomware Attack

Surveillance Cameras Infected With Ransomware Days before Trump’s inauguration, the Metropolitan Police Department discovered 123 surveillance cameras were inoperable due to two separate ransomware infections.  The infections were found on January 12th and by January 15th the systems had been restored.  Investigators resolved the issues by identifying and disconnecting the infected devices.  All of the […]

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Cockrell Hill Police Department Loses 8 Years Worth of Evidence to Ransomware

Cockrell Hill Police Department Takes Massive Hit Cockrell Hill Police Department, located in Cockrell Hill, Texas, has recently lost eight years of police evidence after a ransomware attack.  According to Bleeping Computer, the attack was discovered on December 12, 2016. The ransomware variant used to encrypt the police department’s data is not being disclosed.  The police […]

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Horse Racing Site Forced Offline After Third Consecutive Ransomware Attack

Three Strikes–You’re Out! Racing Pulse, a popular horse racing website that is based out of Bangalore, India, was forced offline on January 17, 2017 after suffering its third ransomware attack in a week.  The last, and most critical, encrypted their entire site. Dharma ransomware, the variant that took down Racing Pulse, encrypted all of the website’s data.  The […]

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St. Louis City Public Library No Longer Offering Free PC Use

Update 1/27/2017: After two days, the St. Louis City Public Library technical staff was able to fix the impacted computers.  The system hard drives were wiped completely and restored with available back-ups.  The St. Louis City Public Library is currently unable to offer free computer use to the community due to a ransomware attack that […]

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Hackers Demand $43K To Restore Indiana Cancer Services’ Systems

Cyber criminals have hit a new low, proving they don’t care who their victims are as long as it may lead to a large payout.  According to Network World, hackers breached Indiana Cancer Services’ systems on January 10, 2017.  They then encrypted a server, followed by a ransom demand of $43,000 to restore this server. […]

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Ransomware Victimizes Kanawha County Schools

Kanawha County Schools Struggles To Regain Access Another county school was victimized by ransomware this week.  Kanawha County Schools, located in Charleston, West Virginia was hit with ransomware on January 11, 2017.  As of today, January 13, 2017, the school continues to work on regaining access to their encrypted files. Officials are not reporting the […]

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Four Months After Infection, Medical Facility Discloses Ransomware Attack

Ransomeware hit yet another medical facility.  On August 30, 2016, ransomware struck the Susan M. Hughes Center, impacted both office locations.  The Center is located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  This attack impacted over 11,000 patient records.  However, the Center did not inform the patients of the security issue until late […]

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LA Community College District Pays $28K to Retrieve Locked Files

The first publicized ransomware attack of 2017 is a hefty one! After returning to school after the holiday break, Los Angeles Valley College found their computer files were inaccessible.  It didn’t take long for the college to determine it was a malicious cyber attack that took down their systems.  According to The Washington Times, the school notified […]

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Another California Medical Center Struck With Ransomware

Ransomware Strikes Another California Medical Center This has been a rough year for California medical institutions being victimized by ransomware.  Another medical facility, East Valley Community Health Center, located in West Covina was struck with ransomware in October of 2016.  Reports by Health Data Management state the facilities computer systems were fixed within a day of the […]

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Ransomware Holds South Carolina Police Department Files Hostage

Mount Pleasant Police Department, located in South Carolina, were the most recent victims of a ransomware attack.  The infection took place on December 12, 2016.  According to Post and Courier, the law enforcement agency was able to restore their files using their backup systems.  Therefore, they did not end up paying the ransom demands. To […]

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Howard County Crippled by Ransomware

Two separate malicious emails were sent to Howard County employees in November.  However, it was not the emails that were dangerous, but the “tracking slips” they downloaded within the malicious emails that led to a massive ransomware infection.  The Kokomo Perspective reported several employees were guilty of downloading these malicious attachments.  Post infection, over 33,000 […]

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Carleton University Corrupted with Ransomware

Carleton University, located in Ontario, Canada was recently hit with ransomware. CBC News stated the extent of the attack is still unknown, as any system that gained access to the main network could’ve been impacted. The ransomware variant used to lock the schools files is not being reported. Current ransom demands for the decryption keys […]

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San Francisco Muni Losing Over $550K Daily After Ransomware Attack

On November 25, 2016 San Francisco experienced a major ransomware attack that took down their Municipal Transportation Agency, also known as Muni. The ransomware took down over 2,000 Muni payment and scheduling systems. To accommodate the transportation needs of the San Francisco population, the city ordered all of the fare gates to be kept open. […]

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Bigfork School District Paralyzed by Ransomware

Bigfork Schools located in Bigfork, Montana was recently infected with ransomware. The attack led the school’s files to be encrypted. School officials reported to the Billings Gazette that they hoped to have the files restored by this week to finish the grading period. The school did not disclose the ransom demand, or the malware variant […]

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Spencer Chamber of Commerce Infected With Ransomware

In August, ransomware paralyzed the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, in Iowa. The infection was isolated to the Chamber; however, all of the Chamber’s computers run off of one server. Meaning, the infection in that one server, spread to all Chamber computers. Luckily, the infection did not spread to other city departments. The ransomware variant that […]

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Ransomware Riddles Texan Dermatology Clinic

Seguin Dermatology Clinic, located in Seguin, Texas was hit with ransomware last Friday. According to Express News, confidential data was breached. This includes names, social security numbers and billing codes for medical services. At this time, it is unknown how many patient records were accessed. However, the clinic did notify patients of the security breach […]

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Over 18K Pension Plans Hacked and Held Ransom

According to BNA, cyber criminals gained access to a pension plans affiliated with Missouri-based Schnucks, Dierbergs Markets and Shop ‘n Save supermarkets.  This hack impacted over 18,000 files, although the information retrieved by the hackers is unknown.  Collin Reischman, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 in Ballwin, Missouri reported the organization has […]

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Madison County Computers Inaccessible After Ransomware Attack

Update: After five days of battling to get systems back up and running, Madison County has paid the ransom demands to regain access.  Herald Bulletin reported, the county was encouraged to pay the ransom amount by their insurance provider, who paid the $28,000 demand.  The county was left paying the insurance deductible, along with $17,500 […]

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1,000 Procedures Canceled at Three Hospitals After Computer Virus Runs Rampant

Update: As of November 2nd, NHS is still struggling to get their systems up and running as normal.  According to Graham Cluley, outpatient and diagnostic procedures were cancelled for today, with the exception of a few select services.  NHS Trust canceled all operations at three hospitals after a computer virus spread throughout their systems.  It has […]

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Rainbow Children’s Clinic Looses Patient Files to Ransomware

A ransomware attack stuck three Rainbow Children’s Clinic locations in Texas in August.  Over 33,000 patients who have rendered services at these facilities, have had their information compromised.  The clinic is offering free credit monitoring services to those who have been impacted. Information Management reported some files have been completely lost due to the ransomware corruption.  […]

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Community Foundation Resolves Ransomware Attack to Find Data Breach

Hutchinson Community Foundation recovered from a ransomware attack, to find the criminals hacked their data too… On September 19, 2016, Hutchinson Community Foundation, in Hutchinson, Kansas, found out they had been hacked.  Not only had they been hacked, but they were hit a ransomware attack.  Ransomware is the malware that will encrypt users files, locking them until […]

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NHS Remains Major Ransomware Target

The National Health Service remains the main ransomware target… NHS has been identified as the primary ransomware target for quite some time.  Several reports have suggested multiple ransomware attacks on the NHS, and a recent study suggests that won’t be slowing down anytime soon.  With a 400% increase in ransomware attacks, the NHS needs to […]

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Two More Medical Facilities Infected With Ransomware

Ransomware infections are spreading from coast to coast… Marin Healthcare District Marin Healthcare District (MHD), located in Greenbrae, California was paralyzed after a ransomware attack that occurred in late July.  It is reported the infection stemmed from another attack that hit Marin Medical Practice Concepts in July as well.  MHD computers were down for a period […]

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