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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Ransomware Riddles Massachusetts Town Office

Rockport, Massachusetts Riddle with Ransomware Ransomware took down networks at the Rockport Town Office, located in Massachusetts, on April 13, 2018.  Since, IT professionals have been working overtime to get computer systems working at full capacity and to restore city data.  Fortunately, they were able to recover data through the backup systems; however, all information […]

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IBM Reports Ransomware is the World’s Largest Threat

IBM Security Announces Breaches Drop, While Ransomware Skyrockets On Monday, IBM Security announced results from its 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25%, while ransomware continues to skyrocket.  Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files or entire networks, demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.  Unfortunately, […]

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Baltimore’s 911 Systems Down After Ransomware Infected Systems

Ransomware Takes Baltimore’s Emergency Systems Offline On March 28, 2018 Baltimore city officials confirmed the city’s emergency systems had been infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The infection was found on Sunday, March 25th, which led the IT department to taking systems offline.  For approximately 17 hours, Baltimore’s electronic emergency systems were unavailable.  Therefore, employees […]

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Atlanta’s City Systems Suffer Outages After Ransomware Infection

Update, 4/2/2018: The City of Atlanta continues to struggle getting their systems back online.  Since turning on computers last week, they have found a plethora of data that has been left inaccessible.  The city has not paid the $51,000 ransom demand, and remains uncertain if they will be able to recover the remaining data that […]

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New York Clinic Goes to Paper Charting After Ransomware Infects System

New York Medical Facility Riddled with Ransomware Finger Lakes Health, of Geneva, New York was infected with an unknown ransomware variant on March 18, 2018.  Therefore, the medical facility’s systems were left completely encrypted, with an unknown third-party demanding a ransom payment.  The amount of the payment has not been disclosed, and it remains unclear […]

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Ransomware Takes Georgia Town’s Email and Phone Systems Offline

Ransomware Takes Georgia’s City of Hinesville Offline An unknown ransomware variant took down the City of Hinesville in late February.  Initially, the ransomware attack was reported as an IT incident; however, city officials are now reporting their systems were indeed infected with ransomware on February 20th.  The exact ransomware variant is unknown, and the ransom […]

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