Kraken Ransomware Disguises Itself As Legitimate Anti-Spyware Software

Everything isn’t always what we seem.  This is something we have come to know and accept.  However, when we download a program that is supposed to protect us, that is what we expect it to do.  Apple users were recently duped with Adware Doctor, which positioned itself as an adware prevention tool, but actually was […]

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Hawaii Issues Breach Warning After Ransomware Infection

Hawaii Medical Facility Issues Warning to 40k Patients The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP), located in Honolulu, Hawaii has begun contacting over 40,000 patients regarding a potential data breach.  Concerns of a breach come after the facility fell victim to a ransomware attack in June of this year. After discovering the ransomware, FDIP contacted […]

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Florida Schools Lose Computing Ability After Symantec Fails to Stop Ransomware Attack

Florida Schools Struggle After Ransomware Infects Networks Monroe School District, located in Key West, Florida is attempting to restore their computer systems after the ransomware variant GandCrab infected its systems earlier this week.  On Sunday a member of the school staff noticed something was off with their networks.  They contacted the IT department promptly for proper […]

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Ransomware Threat Can Be A Reseller’s Opportunity

A Reseller’s Opportunity – Education and Protection Ransomware threats have been increasing year-over-year, yet several businesses are not aware of the magnitude of the cyber threat.  This lack of awareness could be on this particular form of malware, or it may spill over into proper protection methods. It has become a reseller’s opportunity to educate […]

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New Hampshire Healthcare Facility Offers Up Patient Data to Hackers

New Hampshire Healthcare Facility Suffers Ransomware, Followed by Security Breach Health Management Concepts (HMC) of New Hampshire recently suffered a ransomware attack.  The variant has not been disclosed to the public, but HMC officials did report they paid an undisclosed ransom amount. Before going on, it should be noted that paying the ransom demands is […]

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How Hackers Know If They’ve Hit a Gold Mine

Top Information Hackers Look For There are two types of cyber attacks, targeted and untargeted.  Targeted could be as specific as going after a certain business or government agency, or as broad as a certain sector such as education or healthcare.  Targeted attacks often occur when an enemy or competitor specifically targets a business or […]

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McAfee, Symantec and Malwarebytes Failed City Office

Multiple Layers of Defense, Doesn’t Always Mean Better Security On January 3, 2018, the ransomware variant, SamSam, infected the city offices of Farmington, New Mexico.  The ransomware infection successfully encrypted multiple areas of the city office including the electronic bill pay and records processing.  Although the infection did not impact utility operations and the city office has made it clear, […]

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Ransomware Riddles Another Georgia Municipality

Another Georgia Municipality Suffers Cyber Attack While Atlanta Still Recovers After the City of Atlanta’s ransomware fiasco, one would think other public municipalities, specifically in Georgia, would have stepped up their cyber security game.  Apparently, that is not the case.  Hackers successfully installed ransomware on the internal systems of Coweta County, located in Newnan, Georgia.  This […]

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Application Whitelisting – The Active Defense Against Ransomware

Whitelisting – The Last Best Resort Ed Tech Magazine recently wrote an article on application whitelisting as an active defense against ransomware in the education sector.  Although we agree that whitelisting, or a default-deny approach, is proactive to ransomware prevention, their analysis warrants further investigation. Ed Tech author, Karen Scarfone states, If other security controls don’t stop […]

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Must Have Technologies to Thwart Ransomware

Top Tools for Proper Ransomware Defense Ed Tech Magazine recently released three major tools the education sector must have to effectively block ransomware from executing on their systems.  Although Ed Tech was specifically focusing on the educational vertical, these tips can be used in any industry. The three “must haves” include application whitelisting, endpoint protection, […]

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No One is Safe From Ransomware — Not Even the PGA

Ransomware Hits PGA’s American Servers Days Before Tournament The Professional Golf Association (PGA) has been the most recent victim of ransomware.  As their tournament is about to kick off in St. Louis, Missouri, the PGA has found all of their American servers encrypted with ransomware.  Meaning, all of the data on those servers is inaccessible […]

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Employees Get Resourceful After Ransomware Riddles Alaskan Systems

Ransomware Cripples Alaskan Borough – Thankfully Employees Think Outside the Box The Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna, reported almost all of its 500 desktop computers and 120 of its servers were affected by a ransomware attack just days ago.  The unknown ransomware variant was found on July 24th, spreading throughout the network.  Although officials attempted to […]

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Missouri Family Healthcare Clinic Infected With Ransomware

Malware Riddles Missouri Healthcare Facility In May, Missouri’s Blue Springs Family Healthcare found its systems were infected with various forms of malware, including ransomware.  All of the forms of malware were not disclosed, nor was the ransom demand.  The only thing that seems to be quite clear is, the hackers had full access to all […]

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Ransomware Hits Alaskan Medical Records Facility

But That’s Not All… In April, ransomware infiltrated the servers of Golden Heart Administrative Professionals (GHAP), a medical billing, and bookkeeping facility located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The incident was reported to impact approximately 500 of GHAP’s clients, exposing approximately 44,600 patient files.  Although there is no evidence the information breached has been used maliciously, GHAP reported […]

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Major American Medical Facility, LabCorp, Riddled with Ransomware

LabCorp Suffers From Cyber Attack A suspected ransomware attack hit America’s medical lab facility, LabCorp, the weekend of July 14, 2018.  Suspicious activity was detected on the company’s diagnostic systems.  The ransomware variant has been disclosed as SamSam.  This is the same variant that took down the City of Atlanta and Colorado’s Department of Transportation.  […]

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Another Connecticut Facility Suffers From Cyber Attack

Two Ransomware Attacks Strike in Connecticut Last week, we reported on Middleton School District, located in Connecticut becoming infected with ransomware.  This led to only two of their six systems being partially operational.  Now, a week later the Derby Police Department released they too have been a victim of ransomware.  Although, there is no evidence […]

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Missouri Regional Medical Facility Diverts Patients Elsewhere, Post Ransomware Attack

Missouri’s Cass Regional Medical Facility Falls Victim to Cyber Attack Cass Regional Medical Center, located in Kansas City, Missouri was infected with ransomware on July 9, 2018.  Health IT Security reported the organization responded with their emergency response efforts within 30 minutes of suspected infiltration.  The facility’s IT department is continuing work to restore the […]

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Ransomware Damages Projected to Total $8 Billion for 2018

Ransomware Damages Expected to Increase 60% Year-Over-Year Last year, PC Matic reported ransomware damages were expected to reach $11.5 billion by 2019; a 130% increase from 2017.  Now, nine months after that initial post, reports are suggesting that total is quite accurate, and unfortunately rather attainable.  According to our friends at KnowBe4, ransomware damages are expected […]

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Over Half of Company Execs Are Paying Hacker’s Ransom Demands

A Majority of Executives are Paying Hackers According to Bitcoinist, a new study has been conducted regarding ransomware attacks and the tendency of those hackers of getting paid.  Merrill Research surveyed 232 executives worldwide, and 69% said their company faced a ransom attack in the past year.  This is a significant jump, considering only 14% of […]

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Connecticut School District Attempts to Remediate After Ransomware Corrupted Systems

Middleton Schools in Connecticut Suffer from Ransomware Attack Another ransomware has hit, yet another, school district.  This time, it was Middleton District Schools, located in Middleton, Connecticut.  The cyber attack is currently under investigation.  Meaning, very few details are being released.  What we do know is, an unknown ransomware variant infiltrated the school’s systems on […]

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New Ransomware Scam Demands Payment Before Infection

Ransomware Scam is Just That – A Scam A new ransomware scam was recently discovered, where hackers are now demanding payment prior to infecting the user’s device.  The hackers have been sending out emails claiming they are going to infect the user’s device on a specific date.  Once the infection takes place, the data will […]

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Liberty Life Attempts to Recover from Cyber Attack

Liberty Life Insurance Suffers from Ransomware Attack Liberty Life insurance, headquartered in Southern Africa, is attempting to recover from a ransomware attack.  On June 16, 2018, the organization notified millions of their customers the company had been the victim of a cyber attack.  As a result, several emails and attachments that were encrypted.  In addition, there […]

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Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Continue to Increase

The City of Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Keep Growing On March 22nd, PC Pitstop shared the story of the SamSam ransomware attack that took down the City of Atlanta.  It took almost a week, before the city’s offices were able to turn on their computers, and now, almost three months later, the infection is still […]

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Minnesota Facility Paid Hacker’s Ransom Demands

Minnesota Mental Health Facility Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology, located in Rochester, Minnesota discovered its files had been locked with the ransomware variant deemed Triple-M on March 31, 2018.  Beyond locking the facility’s files, the attack also disabled the computers’ system restore functions and reformatted the network storage device; which was […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Another Medical Facility – This Time in Michigan

Michigan Medical Facility Suffers Ransomware Attack Allied Physicians, located in Michiana, Michigan was the victim of a ransomware attack on May 17, 2018.  Reports confirmed the computer network was quickly shut down in an attempt to contain the cyber attack.  Although, officials would not disclose how long the firm’s systems were impacted, they did indicate […]

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Ohio Police and Fire Departments Suffer Two Ransomware Attacks Within a Month

Ransomware Takes Out Ohio Police and Fire Departments, Again… Riverside Fire and Police Departments, located in Ohio, have been the target of recent ransomware attacks.  In mid-April, an undisclosed ransomware took down the public municipality’s networks.  Officials reported, they did not pay the ransom demands, instead choosing to work with their IT staff to rebuild […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Oregon Public School

Another Ransomware Attack Targets Oregon Public School Roseburg Public Schools in Oregon is the most recent educational institution feeling the wrath of cyber criminals.  On Monday, May 7, 2018, school officials identified an undisclosed ransomware variant on their networks.  The malicious attack took down the school’s email systems, website, and software.  IT professionals are working […]

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California Medical Facility Notifies Patients of Breach, Post-Ransomware Infection

85,000 Patients Notified of Security Breach The Center of Orthopedic Specialists, a California medical facility, suffered a ransomware infection in February of 2018.  Now months later, the medical facility is informing patients of a potential security breach as a result of the ransomware infection.  Approximately 85,000 patient files may have been compromised, potentially releasing information including: Social […]

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Massachusetts School Pays Hackers – Still Waiting for Data

Leominster Schools of Massachusetts Suffer Ransomware Attack During the week of April 16,, 2018, hackers infiltrated the networks of Leominster Schools, leaving information inaccessible to student and staff.  On Friday, April 20th, officials decided to pay the $10,000 ransom demands via bitcoin.  Massachusetts officials have stated, as of April 26th, they have yet to gain access to their […]

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Georgia Faces Yet another Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Infects Georgia’s Dawson County Dawson County computers were infected with a malicious attack on Monday, April 23, 2018. The attack was first identified by the tax assessor’s office. Shortly after the ransomware was confirmed, servers and endpoints were taken offline in an attempt to mitigate the infection. IT professionals were able to work through […]

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