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 Drives 44.53% of Users to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware attacks are taking place daily, and increased news coverage is making the public more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking. Not long ago, computer users would have no idea what either of those terms meant. Now, increased awareness is leading users to reconsider their antivirus […]

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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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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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Ransom Payments or Downtime – Which is Worse for SMBs?

Which Creates More Issues for SMBs? Asking questions like this is simply asking, which is the lesser of these two evils?  Neither is wanted or preferred.  And both cause substantial damage.  So forgive my bluntness, but which sucks less? Reports have suggested downtime is more damaging, financially than paying the ransom demand.  This is contingent upon several […]

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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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