Ransomware Cleanup Costs Scottish Agency $1.1 Million

Data Breach Today

For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which was hit by the Conti ransomware-wielding gang on Christmas Eve, reported cleanup costs have reached $1.1

FBI Shares Email Addresses to Speed Emotet Cleanup

Data Breach Today

Bureau Shares Emails of Those Affected With Have I Been Pwned Breach Notification Service The FBI has shared 4.3 million email addresses stolen by the Emotet malware with the Have I Been Pwned breach notification site.


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Atlanta's Ransomware Cleanup Costs Hit $2.6 Million

Data Breach Today

Money Would Have Been Better Spent on Prevention, Experts Say The city of Atlanta's ransomware outbreak cleanup and response tab has hit $2.6 million, after a March attack froze corporate servers, employees' PCs and resident-facing portals. Experts say the breach response funds would have been put to better use preventing the outbreak in the first place

New Year’s Cleanup

The Texas Record

But we are here to help with tips and guidance on how to do a cleanup of your office’s records if there is any time in the new year to get started. Let us know in the comments if you’ve got any personal tips for doing major cleanups of records that are eligible for disposition. You don’t have to – and probably shouldn’t! – use the trendy KonMari method of cleaning and organizing when it comes to managing government records.

Use It, Save It, Or Lose It: Spring Cleaning for Information Governance

Speaker: Speakers Michelle Kirk of Georgia Pacific, Darla White of Sanofi, & Scott McVeigh of Onna

As an organization’s most valuable asset, data should be cared for and integrated, managed, archived, and deleted as appropriate. Join Onna, Georgia Pacific, and Sanofi for this on-demand webinar as they discuss proactive, practical steps for kicking off your organization's own digital cleanup.

Shared Drive Cleanup Success Story

The Texas Record

The standards were influenced by recommendations from the committee that is leading our division’s shared drive cleanup as well as other best practices for naming electronic records. This is a guest post by Reference Librarian Mackenzie Ryan from TSLAC’s ARIS division.

4 Ways to Determine ROI around Data Cleanup


You need to show them not only why you need to perform a data cleanup, but prove the ROI behind it. Weigh those costs against the cost of a data cleanup tool and the work required to implement and manage it. It shouldn’t be difficult to show ROI for data cleanup compared to the potential costs of fines. We’ve outlined four ways you can prove to management that data cleanup is not just essential, but an effective way to save money and avoid costs.

Twitter Continues Cleanup and Cracks Down on Malicious Apps

WIRED Threat Level

The move is part a wider push to make Twitter “healthier,” which includes ridding the platform of spam and abuse. Security

Putting the cleanup lessons of cybersecurity attacks to good use

Information Management Resources

Many organizations are weighing the cost of full data security and threat prevention versus that of cleaning up from a breach. Data security Cyber security Data science Data Scientist

Wegmans Exposes Customer Data in Misconfigured Databases


Cleanup in aisle "Oops": The supermarket chain said that it misconfigured two cloud databases, exposing customer data to public scrutiny. Cloud Security Web Security

SolarWinds Orion: Fixes Aim to Block Sunburst and Supernova

Data Breach Today

But incident response experts have warned that full cleanup may take years

10 Highlights: Infosecurity Europe 2019 Keynotes

Data Breach Today

Maersk on NotPetya Cleanup, Troy Hunt on Kid-Perpetrated Data Breaches, and More Data breaches, incident response and complying with the burgeoning number of regulations that have an information security impact were among the top themes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London.

Atlanta's Reported Ransomware Bill: Up to $17 Million

Data Breach Today

City Didn't Pay Ransom, But Spends for Cleanup, New Devices, Better Security The cost of the city of Atlanta's mitigation and subsequent IT overhaul following a massive SamSam ransomware infection in March could reach $17 million, of which $6 million has already been budgeted for new devices, security enhancements as well as upgrades, according to news reports

SEC warns of investment scams related to Hurricane Ida

Security Affairs

In the aftermath of a natural disaster like a hurricane, organizations attempt to earn by investing in companies that provide cleanup and repair services. The US Securities and Exchange Commission warns investors of potential investment scams that leverages Hurricane Ida as a bait.

Bye Bye Emotet, law enforcement pushed the uninstall code via the botnet

Security Affairs

“That updated bot contained a cleanup routine responsible for uninstalling Emotet after the April 25 2021 deadline. The 32 bit DLL (EmotetLoader.dll) has 3 exports, which all lead to the same function that is used to cleanup the infected processes.

At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software

Krebs on Security

” Another government cybersecurity expert who participated in a recent call with multiple stakeholders impacted by this hacking spree worries the cleanup effort required is going to be Herculean.

Experts found Symlink race issues in 28 antivirus products

Security Affairs

An attacker could perform a race condition via a directory junction (Windows) or a symlink (Linux & macOS) in the time between the initial file scan and the cleanup operation.

The FBI issued a flash alert for Hive ransomware operations

Security Affairs

The ransomware then drops a hive.bat script into the directory, which enforces an execution timeout delay of one second before performing cleanup one the encryption process is completed.

Life Under GDPR: Sizing Up the Long-Term Costs

Data Breach Today

GDPR has been in effect since May 2018, but organizations are still waiting to see what impact it will have on the costs organizations might face from breach cleanup, investigations, sanctions and class action lawsuits, says Ian Thornton-Trump of the financial services firm AMTrust International

A flaw in Alpine Linux could allow executing arbitrary code

Security Affairs

Justicz discovered that it is possible to hide a malware within the package’s commit_hooks directory that would escape the cleanup and could then be executed as normal. and have it stay there after the cleanup process, it will be executed before apk exits. The attacker has to control the downloaded tar file avoiding that the package manager will unlink the payload and its directory during the cleanup process.

Researchers uncovered a new Malware Builder dubbed APOMacroSploit

Security Affairs

In order to avoid detection, the BAT scripts add the malware location in the exclusion path of Windows Defender and disabling Windows cleanup before executing the malware.

CVE-2019-11815 Remote Code Execution affects Linux Kernel prior to 5.0.8

Security Affairs

There is a race condition leading to a use-after-free, related to net namespace cleanup.” Security experts have found a race condition vulnerability (CVE-2019-11815) in Linux Kernel Prior to 5.0.8 that expose systems to remote code execution. Linux systems based on kernel versions prior to 5.0.8 are affected by a race condition vulnerability leading to a use after free that could be exploited by hackers to get remote code execution.

Life Under GDPR: Data Breach Cost Unknown

Data Breach Today

GDPR has been in effect since May 2018, but organizations are still waiting to see what impact it will have on the costs organizations might face from breach cleanup, investigations, sanctions and class action lawsuits, says Ian Thornton-Trump of the financial services firm AMTrust International

What’s Next in Information Governance? Continuous Audit and Analytics

ARMA International

As the white paper addresses, “…a good go-forward strategy must be married to the cleanup approach. Whichever approach you start with, cleanup or go-forward, you will almost certainly be able to repurpose the information you learned to the other side of this two-pronged approach.”.

Avast, NordVPN Breaches Tied to Phantom User Accounts

Krebs on Security

In a blog post today, Avast said it detected and addressed a breach lasting between May and October 2019 that appeared to target users of its CCleaner application, a popular Microsoft Windows cleanup and repair utility. This is not the first so-called “supply chain” attack on Avast: In September 2018, researchers at Cisco Talos and Morphisec disclosed that hackers had compromised the computer cleanup tool for more than a month, leading to some 2.27

Linux kernel privilege escalation flaw CVE-2019-11815 affects RDS

Security Affairs

There is a race condition leading to a use-after-free , related to net namespace cleanup.” Experts discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux Kernel, tracked as CVE-2019-11815, that affects the implementation of RDS over TCP. Experts discovered a memory corruption vulnerability in Linux Kernel that resides in the implementation of the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) over TCP.

FBI shares with HIBP 4 million email addresses involved in Emotet attacks

Security Affairs

The FBI collected millions of email addresses used by Emotet operators in their malware campaigns as part of the cleanup operation. The FBI has shared with Have I Been Pwned service 4 million email addresses collected by Emotet botnet and employed in malware campaigns.

Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale

Krebs on Security

” TOXIC WASTE CLEANUP IS HARD. As an early domain name investor, Mike O’Connor had by 1994 snatched up several choice online destinations, including bar.com, cafes.com, grill.com, place.com, pub.com and television.com.

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SHARED INTEL: FireMon survey shows security lags behind fast pace of hybrid cloud deployments

The Last Watchdog

Upon manually discovering the breach, Equifax spent 60 days of investigating it, followed by a several months long cleanup period. Corporate America’s love affair with cloud computing has hit a feverish pitch. Yet ignorance persists when it comes to a momentous challenge at hand: how to go about tapping the benefits of digital transformation while also keeping cyber exposures to a minimum level.

1010: Electronic Records Day 2018

The Texas Record

TSLAC’s state records management assistance has archived over 20 webinars (45 minutes each) including a 30-minute online introductory video and webinars on electronic records management, digital imaging, shared drive cleanup, emergency planning and more. Happy 1010! Today we celebrate Electronic Records Day, which raises awareness about the crucial need to manage and preserve government electronic records.

TrickBot gangs developed the PowerTrick backdoor for high-value targets

Security Affairs

” Once the attackers have profiled the target system and network, they perform and cleanup to remove all. Researchers at SentinelLabs reported that TrickBot operators used a new PowerShell backdoor in recent attacks aimed at high-value targets.

PaperVisionScanPro Simplifies Data Upload to the Cloud

Document Imaging Report

Additional features make scanning simple such as: image cleanup filters to correct scanning errors like speckles or skewed pages and support for more than 300 scanners and multi-function devices (MRD) so you don’t have to buy hardware.

National Cybersecurity Alliance advocates ‘shared responsibility’ for securing the Internet

The Last Watchdog

LW: Regular big cleanups, just like grandma used to do. The targeting of Sen. Claire McCaskill by Russian intelligency agency hackers, as she runs for re-election, underscores the need for each individual and organization to take online privacy and security as a core part of our everyday lives. Related: Using ‘gamification’ for security training.

When Pressing Delete Is OK: Learn How to Eliminate ROT in Your Organization


We put together this tip sheet in the context of file share cleanups and how you can determine whether information is still of value. This means that before starting any comprehensive cleanup initiative, at least for information that did have business value at one point, it’s important to get records management, legal, risk, compliance, whoever it is that owns those functions involved.

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How to Dominate the Domains of the NEW CIP - D2: Extracting Intelligence from Information


They also offer significant support for automating common information management tasks like classification and file share cleanup. Hopefully, you've heard by now that we're updating the Certified Information Professional (CIP) exam. To help answer questions and clear up any confusion, I’ve been covering each of the CIP domains in a blog series to explain the updated exam: what's new, what's changed, and how to be successful.

Texas Archives Month and Electronic Records Day

The Texas Record

TSLAC’s state records management assistance has archived over 20 webinars (45 minutes each) including a 30-minute online introductory video and webinars on electronic records management, digital imaging, shared drive cleanup, emergency planning and more. Mark your calendars! The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) are offering a bountiful harvest of free and low-cost learning opportunities in October.

Dynamsoft Camera SDK for iOS Debuts to Easily Enable Document Capture from iPhones

Document Imaging Report

Image enhancements include the cleanup of most noise, shadows, distortions and other photo artifacts. VANCOUVER – Jan. 22, 2018 – Dynamsoft has introduced a software development kit for iOS app developers to add enterprise-grade document scanning capabilities by easily embedding a mobile capture component in hours or days rather than spending months to build it. The SDK boasts several built-in capabilities such as, automatic document border detection and artifact reductions.

Dark Tequila Banking malware targets Latin America since 2013

Security Affairs

Module 2 – CleanUp. If the service detects any kind of ‘suspicious’ activity in the environment, such as the fact that it is running on a virtual machine, or that debugging tools are running in the background, it will execute this module to perform a full cleanup of the system, removing the persistence service as well as any files created previously on the system.

Episode 153: Hacking Anesthesia Machines and Mayors say No to Ransoms

The Security Ledger

That has certainly been the case in Atlanta and Baltimore where decisions to forego ransom demands of tens of thousands of dollars have led to weeks long disruptions in services and necessitated cleanup and recovery operations measured in millions of dollars. In this week’s podcast episode (#153): The researcher who discovered serious remote access security flaws in anesthesia machines by GE says such security holes are common.

Android Spyware Monokle, developed by Russian defense contractor, used in targeted attacks

Security Affairs

Record audio and calls Suicide functionality and cleanup of staging files. Researchers at Lookout discovered a new mobile spyware dubbed Monokle that was developed by a Russian defense contractor. Experts at Lookout discovered a new Android mobile spyware in the wild, dubbed Monokle, that was developed by a Russian defense contractor named Special Technology Centre Ltd. (