Latest Ransomware Strain Targets Victims With Deepest Pockets

Ryuk, the latest ransomware variant that has taken the world by storm, has been targeting victims that promise big paydays.  This is the same ransomware strain that hit Tribune Publishing in December of 2018, leaving the distribution of multiple major newspapers, like the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune, at a standstill.  This is just one […]

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Ransomware Pushes Systems Offline for Texan Town

Texan Town Suffers Ransomware Attack The City of Del Rio, Texas was infected with ransomware on January 10, 2018.  This cyber attack led to servers at City Hall being disabled and all city departments losing internet access.  This left employees unable to log into the systems, meaning all electronic services were at a standstill.  Fortunately, city employees […]

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First Ransomware Attack of 2019 Hit Connecticut Schools

Ransomware Takes Down Connecticut School in 2019’s First Attack… On January 4, 2019, ransomware hit Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, making it the first publicly known ransomware attack of the new year.  The exact ransomware variant is unknown, as is the ransom demand.  It’s also unclear if the school decided to pay the hacker’s demands, […]

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Ransomware Infects a Business Every 10 Seconds

Find Out How to Respond… Coveware reports being the first line of assistance after a ransomware attack has infected a corporate network.  They offer assistance with file recovery and getting networks back to full capacity as quickly as possible with minimal downtime.  According to Bill Siegal, Coveware CEO, Ransomware strikes a business every 10 seconds. If your […]

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Ransomware Infection Went Beyond Corrupting Patient Files

Ransomware Infection Encrypted and Altered Medical Files An unknown ransomware variant recently infiltrated the Podiatric Offices of Bobby Yee, located in Salinas, California.  Unlike traditional ransomware infections, hackers took the cyber attack to further extremes by not only encrypting files but also potentially altering them.  Some of the altered data included patient names, social security numbers, […]

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Cloud-Hosting Provider Continues Restoration Efforts, Post Holiday Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attacks Cloud-Hosting Provider, Data Resolution Data Resolution, a business and government cloud-hosting provider has reported suffering a ransomware attack on December 24, 2018.  Data Resolutions was hit with the same ransomware variant, deemed Ryuk, as what took down the Tribune Publishing over the weekend.  In an effort not to pay the ransom demands, the company is attempting […]

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Major Newspapers Nationwide Failed to Print Due to Ransomware Infection

NY Daily News, LA Times and San Deigo Union Tribune Suffer Post-Ransomware Infection Major news publications across the United States were halted over the weekend due to a suspected ransomware attack.  Tribune Publishing, responsible for printing several major newspapers like Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Diego Union Tribune, NY Daily News, and the Baltimore Sun, suffered […]

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Over a Year Later, WannaCry is Still a Major Issue

The First Global Ransomware Attack Wreaking Havoc — 18 Months Later When the first-ever global ransomware attack, WannaCry, took the world by storm, there was a kill-switch developed.  Meaning, if the ransomware attempted to run, it would first see if this kill-switch was available.  If so, it wouldn’t encrypt the files; but would remain dormant […]

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Florida Town Avoids Paying Ransom After Hackers Attacked Network

Florida Town of Jupiter Suffers Ransomware Attack The Town of Jupiter has been able to restore their networks, and gain full functionality after an unknown ransomware variant encrypted their internal files earlier this month.  The exact ransom demand remains unknown, but town officials did state the ransom payment was not made.  Instead, IT professionals were able […]

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16K Medical Records Left Exposed After Ransomware Infected Network

Thousands of Patient Records Exposed Post-Ransomware Attack Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia was a victim of ransomware in September 2018.  Not only did the hackers infect the system with and unknown ransomware variant, but they also installed various other forms of malware that breached the security of approximately 16,000 patient files.  The data […]

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Ransomware Attack Targeted North Bend Police Department

City Networks Riddled with Ransomware An unknown ransomware variant hit the City of North Bend a mere weeks ago.  The cyber attack originally targeted the North Bend police department; however, since the city’s networks are intertwined, the malicious software spread beyond its initial target.  The ransom note demanded a payment of $50,000 and was addressed […]

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California Eye Clinic Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cyber Attack Leaves California Eye Clinic Data Encrypted The Redwood Eye Center, located in Vallejo, California, recently notified approximately 16,000 patients their personal information may have been compromised due to a cyber attack.  On September 19, 2018 the Redwood Eye Center’s third-party vendor, IT Lighthouse suffered a ransomware attack.  This malicious infection impacted the vendor’s database which […]

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Ransomware Takes Over China, Infecting 100k PCs

Update 12/10/2018 – Authorities have a suspect in custody.  The Chinese police were able to track the suspect down due to the personal information used to create the WeChat app to collect the ransom demands. New Ransomware Attack Targets Chinese Users A new ransomware variant has infected 100,000 Windows PCs in China by encryption the […]

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Rhode Island Health Center Suffers Ransomware Attacks

Thundermist Health Center of Rhode Island Suffers Cyber Attack On November 28, 2018, Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack.  The medical facility shut down all networks once the cyber attack was found, in order to minimize the threat spreading further.  Meaning, medical professionals had no access to the patient’s electronic health records.  Therefore, all appointments that […]

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Top 5 Ransomware Attacks of 2018

It’s no secret that ransomware has overrun the public and private sector.  Ransomware damages are projected to increase to $20 billion in the next three years, making a resolution appear to be impossible. In 2018, several ransomware variants spread throughout the globe, ranging from Dharma to SamSam.  These ransomware infections did not discriminate based on […]

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Ransomware Damages Projected to Reach $20B by 2021

Ransomware Damages Increase to $20B in Three Years If we look at cyber crime, as a business instead of the crime that it is, we may begin to understand it a bit better.  This “business” is booming, and there’s no end in sight.  Why?  Because society worldwide is making it profitable.  Any business that is […]

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Cable Car System Rendered Useless Due to Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attack Takes Out Moscow’s Cable Car System Mere days after Moscow opened their first cable car system, it was shut down due to a ransomware infection.  The cyber attack rendered the cable car network useless after successfully installing ransomware on the computer in charge of operating the system.  This left Russian citizens frustrated, as […]

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Ransomware Pushes Two Ohio Hospitals Offline

Ohio Hospitals Become Latest Ransomware Victims Cyber criminals once again impacted patient care at two Ohio hospitals.  On Friday, November 23, 2018, Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital were infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The malicious attack locked the medical facility’s networks, leaving them with no choice but to take their systems […]

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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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