Ransomware Infects New Mexico City Office

Ransomware Attack Targets New Mexico City Office 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 […]

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Another Attack Hits Indiana Hospital – Was it Tied to the First?

Two Indiana Hospital Ransomware Attacks Hit on the Same Day On January 11th, Hancock Regional Hospital was hit with ransomware.  After resorting to paper filing, they chose to pay the $55,000 ransom demands.  What’s even more shocking is, they had the backup files available to restore the system without paying the ransom.  Now, another report […]

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Indiana Hospital Resorts to Paper Filing After Ransomware Takes Down Systems

Update, 1/16/2018: Hancock Regional Hospital ended up paying the ransom demand of $55,000.  Officials are still reporting patient data was not breached.  Officials did report the 1,400 files that were ecrypted were backed up, and could have been replaced.  Although, they believed it would be more cost effective to pay the ransom demands to regain […]

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Ransomware Infects South Dakota City Hall

Cyber Attack Hits South Dakota Town The first publicized ransomware attack appears to have taken place in the small town of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  On January 4th, officials reported two of Belle Fourche’s city hall computers were inoperable after ransomware had infiltrated the system.  Neither the ransomware variant, nor the ransom demands have been […]

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Dartmouth College Hit With Ransomware Attack

Cyber Criminals Target College in Ransomware Attack On December 18, 2017 Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, was the victim of a cyber attack.  Officials noticed unauthorized activity, and determined there was a virus on their systems.  It was determined the virus was designed to encrypt files.  Although, the encryption was not able to […]

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Top Cyber Threats of 2017 & Tips to Stay Safe in 2018

The 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) broke down the cyber security threats the world faced last year.  Not only will we discuss some key features, but also ways to mitigate each threat. 73% of Malware Attacks were Distributed via Phishing Attacks Emails with malicious intent, or phishing emails, proved to be the method of […]

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Two Romanians Facing Charges for Hacking 123 D.C. Cameras

Hackers Arrested for Massive Cyber Attack Almost a year ago, PC Pitstop reported on a ransomware attack that took out 123 surveillance cameras days before President Trump’s inauguration.  After determining the cameras were infected with malware, it was determined Dharma and Cerber ransomware were also on the systems.  Beyond infecting the systems with ransomware, there […]

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Ransomware Attack Impacts Nebraska Eye Clinic

Nebraska Eye Clinic Releases Statement Regarding Ransomware Infection Eye Physicians, P.C., located in Columbus, Nebraska was the victim of a ransomware attack in October.  The ransomware variant infiltrated the facilities systems, encrypting files on some of its servers.  Eye Physicians, P.C. was able to restore all encrypted files with their backup files.  The organization made […]

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Colorado Medical Practice Suffers Ransomware and Potential Breach

Longs Peak Family Practice in Colorado Suffers Cyber Attacks Longs Peak Family Practice in Longmont, Colorado suffered a ransomware attack in early November.  According to their public statement, the facility did not pay the ransom.  Instead they were able to remediate the encrypted files using backups.  A few days after the ransomware attack, the IT […]

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More Ransomware Infections Disclosed to the Public

The Malicious Software that Doesn’t Slow Down… Ransomware recently took down the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website.  The infection was reported earlier this month, and it took 11 days for the website to be restored.  The ransomware variant and ransom demands were not released.  However, officials reported they were able to restore systems using their […]

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2017 Comes to a Close, But Ransomware is Still Booming

New Ransomware Attacks Target Schools and Public Municipalities In the last week, two school districts have released statements confirming ransomware infections throughout their systems.  The first, Proctor School District, located in Duluth, Minnesota, reported the infection impacted middle school and high school computers that were left on over the weekend.  The ransomware variant that infiltrated […]

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Why Ransomware is Targeting Education Sector

The Education Sector has Major Target on Their Backs… Ransomware has been targeting educational institutions throughout this year.  In January, the Los Angeles Community College District was hit with ransomware, and paid the hackers $28,000 to decrypt their files.  Months later, Dorchester School District Two was infected with ransomware, and paid $2,900 to get their files decrypted.  […]

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16k Patient Files Corrupted After New Jersey Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Ransomware Took Out New Jersey Medical Facilities Files In September, ransomware corrupted the Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center’s systems.  The ransomware variant that infiltrated the system was not released, nor was the ransom demand.  However, according to Healthcare IT News, the medical center had prepared for cyber attacks and were able to effectively restore their systems […]

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Village of Nashotah Pays Hackers $2K to Recover Files

Wisconsin Village Pays Thousands After Ransomware Infects Files The Village of Nashotah, located in Wisconsin, is recovering from a recent ransomware attack.  Ransomware, the malicious software the locks files and then sends victims a payment demand to unlock the files, has been an increasingly popular tool for cyber criminals.  The specific ransomware variant that took […]

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Months After Attack Ohio Fire and EMS Station Remains Without Data

Ransomware Took Out Years of Data from Ohio Fire and EMS Station The Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS station is currently without years of data, after a ransomware attack infected their systems in August.  The Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS station is located in Enon, Ohio.  Officials reported the encrypted data does not […]

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North Carolina County Office May Pay $23k Ransom Demands

Ransomware Takes North Carolina Mecklenburg County Offices Offline Update 12/7/2017 – County officials have reported they do not plan to pay the $23,000 ransom.  Instead, they will use backup files to restore the encrypted data.  It is unknown how long servers will remain offline to remediate the issues. The Mecklenburg County offices, located in Charlotte, North […]

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Ransomware Impacts Over 3K Patient Files at Minneapolis Clinic

Ransomware Leaves Patient Files Exposed A recent ransomware attack on the Colorado Center of Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) impacted approximately 3,300 patient files within the Minneapolis, Minnesota location.  Fortunately, none of the other CCRM branch offices were impacted.  Officials have reported there is no evidence the patient information that may have been taken by the hackers […]

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39 Texas School Districts Impacted by a Single Ransomware Infection

Ransomware Attacks Texas Department of Agriculture In October the Texas Department of Agriculture was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  The malicious software was able to infiltrate the system through an employee’s computer.  Although the ransomware was detected quickly, it was still able to encrypt files and compromise student data from area schools. Since the […]

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Scarab Ransomware Distributed to Over 12.5M Email Accounts

Scarab Ransomware Explodes Worldwide A new ransomware variant, deemed Scarab, began taking the world by storm earlier this month.  The new variant was first discovered on November 23, 2017.  Since being discovered, it is believed the ransomware was sent to over 12,500,000 different email accounts.  The emails distributed included the ransomware in a .zip file, […]

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Ransomware Hackers Delete 30M Files From Sacramento Regional Transit

Millions of Files Deleted After Ransomware Hit On the evening of November 18, 2017, the Sacramento Regional Transit systems were hit with ransomware.  The initial red flag was when the hackers defaced the Sacramento Regional Transit website.  According to the Sacramento Bee, when visitors would attempt to access the website, they would instead get a […]

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Ransomware Damage Costs Projected at $11.5B in 2019

Ransomware Damages Projected to Skyrocket With 2017 coming to an end, the final ransomware damages are being released.  This year alone, ransomware damages are projected to total $5 billion.  This includes not only the ransom demands paid, but also the company downtime, remediation efforts, loss in productivity, investigation costs and reputation damages.  One would almost […]

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Illinois High School Victim of Targeted Ransomware Attack

J. Sterling Morton High School Targeted Victim of Ransomware J. Sterling Morton High School, located in Cicero, Illinois has been the victim of a targeted ransomware attack.  The ransomware is being delivered through a student survey specifically designed for J. Sterling Morton high school students.  As seen below, the survey is poorly designed, but students […]

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Ransomware Attacks Tennessee City Offices

Ransomware Strikes Spring Hill, Tennessee The City of Spring Hill was hit with an unknown ransomware variant last Friday.  After encrypting the city’s files, the hackers demanded $250,000 to restore the systems.  City officials reported they contacted the appropriate law enforcement and chose not to pay the ransom.  Instead they are going to restore the […]

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New Bill Proposed to Address Cyber Threats in Medical Industry

In 2017, there have been over 20 medical facilities that were infected with ransomware.  It remains uncertain how many of these facilities paid the ransom demands; however, each and every one of them reported issues with patient care due to the ransomware infection.  These issues range from the inability to access patient records, to turning […]

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Ransomware Attacks Kansas Non-Profit

Hackers Breach Kansas Non-Profit Center, Locking Files for Ransom Cyber criminals were able to breach Kansas non-profit facility, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging of Ottawa, Kansas.  The hack occurred in September and took a full two months to fully investigate.  The hackers were able to execute a successful breach of the non-profit agency, which […]

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Hackers Expose Student Data, Then Demand $30,000

Hackers Demand $30,000 or Else… Ransomware, or malicious software that locks data and demands a payment to unlock it, isn’t something uncommon.  Unfortunately, ransomware has become one of today’s largest cyber security threats.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that yet another ransomware attack has hit Canadian college, University of Fraser Valley.  Although, these […]

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96% of Employees and Businesses Paid Ransom Demands

Majority of Employees Personally Pay Ransom Demands In a survey completed by Intermedia, it was found that a vast majority of employees paid up after being hit with ransomware.  Ransomware is a malicious software that infiltrates devices, servers, and networks which encrypts data.  After encryption a ransom note will be displayed, stating in order to […]

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Latest Ransomware, Bad Rabbit, Takes the World by Storm

Third Global Ransomware Attack of 2017 First, there was WannaCry, which hit the globe in mid-May.  Second, came NotPetya in June.  Third, was the latest global ransomware attack, Bad Rabbit.  This ransomware variant is believed to originate in Russia.  However, it quickly spread throughout Ukraine, targeting various transportation systems.  Avast also reported infections in Poland, […]

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Ransomware Demand Increases 2500%

Ransomware Sales Exploding on the Dark Web According to International Business Times (IBT), a new study was released confirming a significant rise in demand for the malicious software, ransomware.  The study showed 6,300 websites offering ransomware, with an additional 45,000 ads promoting the malicious software.  The price points ranged from $0.50 to $3,000.  The large […]

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NY Hospital Dumps $10M to Rebuild Systems After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware completely took over Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) computer systems in April.  The malware completely corrupted the systems, and the hackers demanded $30,000 in ransom if they wanted the systems restored.  Instead, the medical facility spent approximately $10 million to rebuild its systems.  Roughly half of those funds were the cost of hardware, software, and […]

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Ransomware Attacks Denver Metro Area

City’s Internal Systems Taken Offline After Cyber Attack The City of Englewood, a metropolitan area of the Denver-Aurora Colorado area, was hit with ransomware on October 3rd.  Once officials determined the systems had been compromised, they were taken offline in an attempt to prevent the ransomware from spreading.  The infection impacted all of the city’s […]

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Locky Ransomware Returns as Ykcol

Locky Encrypts Files Leaving a .Ykcol Extension A new Locky variant has been released into the wild and upon initial review it led researchers to a believe it was a new strain entirely, called Ykcol.  However, after additional review, experts have confirmed Ykcol is another version of Locky. The email subject line has been confirmed […]

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128K Patients Potentially Impacted After Ransomware Hit

Arkansas Medical Facility Faces Potential Breach After Ransomware Attack An estimated 128,000 patient files may have been compromised as a result of being the victim of a ransomware hit.  In July, the Arkansas Oral Facial Surgery Center in Fayetteville was struck with ransomware.  Although the malicious attack was identified promptly, there were still patient files, x-ray […]

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Hackers Demand $19K After Infecting California School District

San Ysidro School District Suffers Ransomware Attack On September 16th, San Ysidro School District of California was hit with a ransomware attack.  The ransomware impacted emails from August through the middle of September, as well as select computer files.  After encryption, an automated message was sent to the district demanding $19,000 to restore the emails […]

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$301M Paid in Ransoms by SMBs in One Year

SMBs Continue to be Hacker’s Target A recent study, State of the Channel Ransomware Report, collected data on over 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) regarding the cyber threat, ransomware.  The information collected was based on data from the second quarter of 2016 through the second quarter of 2017.  It was found, fewer SMBs were […]

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Montgomery County Alabama Suffers Massive Ransomware Attack

County Offices Not Functioning After Ransomware Crippled Systems Montgomery County of Alabama has been the latest ransomware attack victim.  The ransomware variant that wormed its way into the county’s systems has not been reported, nor has the ransom demand.  However, government officials stated they are doing everything in their power to restore the county’s systems […]

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Top 5 Tips to Combat Ransomware

Top Tips to Keep Your Data Secure Recently Beta News published an article on how, The practical guide to fighting ransomware.  The article listed several tips, timelines for implementation, and explanations why the tips were important.  A vast majority of the information throughout the article was correct and indisputably great advice.  However, a few tips […]

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Ransomware Attack Leaves Kansas County Government Without Computer Access

Hackers Target Butler County for Ransomware Attack Over the weekend the Butler County office, located in El Dorado Kansas, with hit a ransomware attack.  The variant has not been disclosed, nor has the ransom demand.  Although the county offices remain open, their computers remain inaccessible due to their systems being encrypted with ransomware.  Butler County […]

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Companies Acknowledge The Risk of Ransomware in Their SEC Filings

Companies Aware of Ransomware Threats Many larger companies are aware of the cyber threats their organizations are facing on a daily basis.  To be sure the public is also aware of these threats, these companies have chosen to include cyber security disclosures as part of their SEC filings.  According to the Data Protection Report, the […]

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Tennessee Inmates Get New Visitation Rights After Ransomware Took Down Video Visitation

Rutherford County Inmates Get New Visitation Rights The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been experiencing issues with their visitation capabilities after ransomware corrupted the video visitation systems.  The sheriff’s office has limited ability to remediate the issue, as the video systems are provided by VizVox.  The Daily News Journal has attempted […]

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Ransomware Attack on Delaware Clinic Leaves 19K Patient’s Data Compromised

Delaware Clinic Falls Victim to Ransomware, Leaving Thousands of Patients Potentially Exposed Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, a medical clinic located in Newark, Delaware was hit with ransomware.  In June, the malicious software riddled the clinic’s servers, leaving over 19,000 patient files potentially exposed.  The patient data compromised includes names, phone numbers, birth dates, as well […]

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Ransomware Impacts Massachusetts Public Television for 6 Months

Boylston Massachusetts Public Television Suffers for Five Months After Ransomware Hit As of today, the Boylston public television channels and guides are back to normal.  In March, the station was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  The ransom demand was not disclosed; however, it appears the demands were not met.  Six months after the attack, […]

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South Carolina School District Pays Hackers to Retrieve Data

Hackers Make $2,900 From South Carolina School District Dorchester School District Two, of South Carolina, was hit with ransomware over the summer.  The attack was found when the district discovered over half of its data was inaccessible.  After further investigation, they found 25 servers riddled with an undisclosed ransomware variant.  The school district was unable […]

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IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed

IRS Releases a Ransomware Warning to All Taxpayers The IRS has issued a new ransomware warning to all taxpayers.  Cyber criminals have begun sending out malicious email campaigns with a “message” from the IRS and FBI.  According to the email, tax payers must download a questionnaire regarding changes to the laws regarding tax compliance.  However, […]

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70K Patient Files Exposed After Ransomware Hit Kansas Medical Facility

Ransomware Attack Leaves Thousands of Patient Files Exposed The Salina Family Healthcare Center, located in Salina, Kansas was hit with ransomware in June of 2017.   The ransom demands were not met.  Instead, the infected servers and endpoints were taken offline until they could be scrubbed and backups could be installed.  Now, two months after […]

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Ransomware Leads to Over 33K Patient Files Being Leaked

Ransomware Went Undetected for a Month — Exposing Thousands of Patient Files St. Mark’s Surgical Center, located in Fort Myers, Florida was the victim of a ransomware attack in April.  However, the attack was not discovered until May, when the medical facility conducted a forensic investigation.  The event that triggered the investigation is not being […]

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Ransomware Attack Creates Breach Concerns for LA Medical Center

LA Medical Center Infected With Ransomware Pacific Alliance Medical Center, located in Los Angeles California, suffered a ransomware attack in mid-June of 2017.  It is because of this attack, concerns of a data breach have risen.  With the hackers having access to the medical center’s systems, it is possible they had visibility to patient files […]

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