Pennsylvania-Based Eye Care Center Suffers Cyber Attack

Pennsylvania Eye Care Facility Suffers Data Breach After Ransomware Attack May Eye Care Center and Associates, located in Hanover, Pennsylvania recently reported a breach of patient records as a result of a cyber attack.  In July 2018, May Eye Care Center suffered a ransomware attack.  The unknown ransomware variant infected the eye care center’s server, leaving […]

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Ransomware Infects Texas Hospital, Potentially Compromising Patient Data

Texas Hospital Suffers Ransomware Attack – Leaving Patients Exposed The Altus Baytown Hospital, located in Baytown, Texas was hit with ransomware in early September.  One week after the infection, hospital officials notified patients their data may be compromised.  The investigation following the malicious infection confirmed hackers accessed patient files during the cyber attack.  However, it […]

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Exposing Security Vendors Failing to Protect America’s Public Systems

PC Matic Exposes Failing Security Vendors The concept of an antivirus failing isn’t new.  To be quite frank, it has become rather common.  New ransomware attacks are being successfully executed daily, and only a fraction of them are made public.  And what’s worse — those that do go public, rarely share which security solution they […]

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Cyber Attacks Strike the Public and Private Sectors of Ontario

Ontario Suffers Ransomware Attacks from Unknown Variants The last couple weeks have been rough for Ontario, leaving both the private and public sectors riddled with ransomware.  First, on October 25th, cyber criminals attacked the Toronto company, ESC Corporate Services.  ESC is an organization that resells sensitive personal and business data collected by the Ontario government.  […]

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Sheriff’s Office Fails to Report Ransomware Attack Responsible for Lost Evidence

Texas Sheriff’s Office in Hot Water After Failure to Disclose Ransomware In 2017, the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office suffered a ransomware attack by an unknown variant.  According to officials, the infection riddled one of their external computers, leaving internal networks unimpacted.  The Sheriff’s Office was able to restore the computer using backup files; however, those files […]

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Latest Ransomware Variant Demands RDP Access to Decrypt Files

New Ransomware Demands RDP Access A new ransomware variant, CommonRansom, has been discovered running in the wild.  This particular form of ransomware will encrypt user files with the .CommonRansom extension.  Post encryption, the victims receive a ransom note demanding a .1 bitcoin payment and access to their RDP ports. CommonRansom Demand Note by BleepingComputer If […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Another Illinois County Office

Another Illinois County Suffers Cyber Attack Just last week, we reported Crawford County in Illinois had been victimized by ransomware.  Now, new reports have been released regarding another public municipality being attacked in Illinois. WAND News 17 has confirmed Moultrie County has also been hit with a cyber attack, with employees stating it was a […]

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40k Patients Exposed After Ransomware Infects Eye Clinic

Ransomware Riddles Iowa Eye Clinic On August 23, 2018, an unknown ransomware variant infected Jones Eye Clinic, located in Sioux City, Iowa.  It remains unclear if the clinic paid the ransom demands in order to regain access to their systems, but months later they’re reporting the attack could have more negative effects than originally thought.  Jones […]

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Crawford County Issues Payroll Manually After Suffering Cyber Attack

Illinois’ Crawford County Suffers Severe Cyber Attack The accounting department of Crawford County, located in Robinson, Illinois, recently was victimized by cyber crime.  Hackers infected the county’s servers and encrypted all of the account receivables, account payables and payroll data.  After consulting with their auditing team, county officials chose to issue payroll manually.  However, the […]

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What Does the National Guard, West Haven and Muscatine Have in Common? Ransomware…

Ransomware Riddles Two City Systems, and Indiana’s National Guard An unknown ransomware variant infected the City of Muscatine, located in Iowa, on October 10th.  The cyber attack impacted multiple servers and since has been isolated.  The local IT staff and federal officials are working to remediate city systems.  It remains unclear if the city plans […]

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Ransomware Takes Out Several Public Services in North Carolina

Ransomware Infects North Carolina Municipality Over the weekend, the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA), located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was hit with a ransomware attack.  The infection crippled their internal computer system, including servers and personal computers. The ransomware variant has been reported as the RYUK virus.  Although it successfully encrypted several of the […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Another County Municipality

Madison County Municipality Suffers Ransomware Attack An unknown ransomware variant has infected Madison County municipality offices, located in Rexburg, Idaho.  The infection took place over the weekend of October 6th.  The exact time is unclear; however, county officials reported employees have been unable to send emails since Sunday, October 7th.  Fortunately, the county is able […]

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The Port of San Diego Struggles to Recover Days After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Strikes Port of San Diego On September 25, 2018, the Port of San Diego in California was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  Over the last three days, park permits, business filings, and public record requests have slowed down to a glacial pace.  In addition, the San Diego Harbor Police Department was forced to […]

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Romanian Hackers Arrested for D.C. Police Camera Hack

Two Romanian Hackers Face Charges for D.C. Camera Hack A mere days before the 2017 Presidential Innaugeration, Washington D.C.’s police cameras were inaccessible due to ransomware that infected approximately 126 computers connected to the camera’s networks.  After infecting the systems, hackers demanded over $60,000 to restore the systems.  However, the IT department worked quickly, taking […]

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Users Actively Seeking Out Alternative Antivirus Programs Due to Cyber Threats

Users Look for Better Protection Against Today’s Cyber Threats PC Matic recently conducted a survey, including 500 participants, regarding the impact of recent ransomware and crypto-jacking attacks.  According to the results, approximately 45% of participants have either already switched antivirus providers, or are considering it, due to these growing cyber threats. Of those who participated, […]

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Flood of Cyber Attacks Drives Endusers to New Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware Attacks Drive 44.53% of Endusers to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions Not only are ransomware attacks taking place daily, but news coverage of these attacks has increased.  Therefore, the public has become more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking.  Not long ago, computer users would have […]

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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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