Louisiana Government Recovering From Ransomware Attack

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Governor Describes 'Aggressive' Incident Response Efforts After a ransomware attack on Monday forced Louisiana's government to take several servers and websites offline to prevent the malware from spreading, state officials spent Tuesday restoring online services

Texas Says 22 Local Government Agencies Hit by Ransomware

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Single Threat Actor' Suspected; Government Coalition Urges Greater Prevention Ransomware-wielding attackers continue to target not just big businesses and large government agencies, but increasingly their smaller counterparts too.

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Ransomware Increasingly Hits State and Local Governments

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Yet These Victims Are Less Likely to Pay Any Ransom, Recorded Future Finds Over the past two years, the number of ransomware attacks against state and local government agencies has increased.

City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

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Attack Comes After Others That Targeted Counties Albany, New York, is the latest unit of local government hit with ransomware in recent weeks, following similar attacks reported in Georgia and North Carolina that crippled government IT systems and disrupted service for local residents

Texas Government Agencies Hit by Ransomware

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The local governments and agencies from twenty-three Texas towns were hit by a coordinated ransomware campaign last week. . Although the DIR has released few details about the ransomware campaign, they did confirm that it originated from a single “threat actor.”

Coordinated Ransomware Attack Hits 23 Texas Government Agencies

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Researchers say that the targeted ransomware cyberattack on 23 Texas local and state entities represents a shift from "attacks of opportunity" to more targeted, malicious attacks.

CERT France – Pysa ransomware is targeting local governments

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CERT France is warning of a new wave of attacks using Pysa ransomware (Mespinoza) that is targeting local governments. CERT France cyber-security agency is warning about a new wave of ransomware attack that is targeting the networks of local government authorities.

Government Employees Unprepared for Ransomware

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Data shows 73% are concerned about municipal ransomware threats but only 38% are trained on preventing these attacks

FBI: COVID-19-Themed Phishing Spreads Netwalker Ransomware

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Attacks Target Government Agencies and a Variety of Others The FBI is warning that attacks using a ransomware variant called Netwalker have increased since June, targeting government organizations, educational entities, healthcare firms and private companies in the U.S.

City Pays Ransom Despite Pre-Ransomware Outbreak Hack Alert

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DoppelPaymer Hit Comes as Ransomware Attacks - and Data-Leaking Shakedowns - Surge The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware.

Experts Warn: Targeted Ransomware Attacks to Surge

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McAfee and Microsoft Analysts Review 'Ransomware as a Service' Trends Targeted ransomware attacks against enterprises and government agencies are likely to surge in the coming months as "ransomware as a service" continues to evolve into a lucrative model for cybercriminals, security experts interviewed at RSA 2020 warn.

FBI issued a flash alert about Netwalker ransomware attacks

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The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware attacks targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations. The FBI has issued a new security flash alert to warn of Netwalker ransomware attacks targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations.

Texas Pummeled by Coordinated Ransomware Attack

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Cybercrime Campaign Counts 23 Victims - Mostly Local Government Entities State officials in Texas say that at least 23 local government entities have fallen victim to a coordinated ransomware attack unleashed on Friday morning.

Ransomware at IT Services Provider Synoptek

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Synoptek , a California business that provides cloud hosting and IT management services to more than a thousand customer nationwide, suffered a ransomware attack this week that has disrupted operations for many of its clients, according to sources. Ransomware rEvil Sodinokibi Synoptek

At least 23 Texas local governments targeted by coordinated ransomware attacks

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At least 23 local governments were impacted by a wave of ransomware attacks that according to the experts are the result of a coordinated effort. Texas is the victim of an ongoing wave of ransomware attacks that are targeting local governments.

The Hidden Cost of Ransomware: Wholesale Password Theft

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Organizations in the throes of cleaning up after a ransomware outbreak typically will change passwords for all user accounts that have access to any email systems, servers and desktop workstations within their network. VCPI) was hit by the Ryuk ransomware strain.

Ransomware infected systems at state government of Louisiana

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Another ransomware attack made the headlines, the victim is the state government of Louisiana, numerous services have been impacted. The incident forced the state of government of Louisiana to shut down several numerous web sites of the state as well as email and Internet services.

Maze Ransomware operators hacked Highways Authority Of India (Nhai)

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Researchers at Cyble reported that Maze Ransomware Operators allegedly breached National Highways Authority Of India (Nhai). The Maze ransomware operators allegedly breached the NHAI and leaked the data of their leak site. SecurityAffairs – Maze ransomware, hacking).

Local, State Governments Face Cybersecurity Crisis

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Ransomware hit small government organizations hard in 2019. Now they have to deal with budget cuts, pandemic precautions, social unrest, and the coming election cycle

Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Combating Ransomware Attacks

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Ransomware Gang Arrested for Spreading Locky to Hospitals

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The Texas Ransomware Attacks: A Gamechanger for Cybercriminals

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Security researchers worry that this weekend's coordinated attacks on more than 20 Texas governments mark a change in how ransomware attacks will be launched in the future.

North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

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Attackers have hit North Carolina's Orange County with ransomware for the third time in six years. Government officials say IT teams have been working overtime to restore systems, and that no data has been lost Third Time is the Charm as Orange County Keeps Having to Recover?

Government of Nunavut returns to paper records after ransomware attack

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Another unfortunate case of a ransomware attack on a municipality. The post Government of Nunavut returns to paper records after ransomware attack appeared first on IG GURU. Read more here and how they may end up paying the ransom.

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Sodinokibi ransomware gang launches auction site to sell stolen data

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REvil /Sodinokibi ransomware operators launch an auction site to sell data stolen from victims that have chosen to not pay the ransom. The Sodinokibi ransomware operators have launched an eBay-like auction site for stolen data where they plan to sell data stolen from the victims.

?[F]Unicorn? Ransomware Impersonates Legit COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App

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Ransomware Bites Dental Data Backup Firm

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PerCSoft , a Wisconsin-based company that manages a remote data backup service relied upon by hundreds of dental offices across the country, is struggling to restore access to client systems after falling victim to a ransomware attack.

Report: No ‘Eternal Blue’ Exploit Found in Baltimore City Ransomware

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For almost the past month, key computer systems serving the government of Baltimore, Md. have been held hostage by a ransomware strain known as “ Robbinhood.” “We took a look at it and found a pretty vanilla ransomware binary,” Stewart said.

EVRAZ operations in North America disrupted by Ryuk ransomware

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Computer systems at EVRAZ, a multinational vertically integrated steel making and mining company, have been hit by Ryuk ransomware. According to ZDnet, the systems at the company have been infected with a strain of the Ryuk ransomware.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) hit by a ransomware attack

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A new ransomware attack hit the Texas government, the malware this time infected systems at the state’s Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In August 2019, Texas was hit by a wave of ransomware attacks that are targeting local governments.

Election Security Program Aims to Mitigate Ransomware Risks

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Security experts say that in light of recent ransomware attacks against units of government, the effort is overdue Department of Homeland Security to Help With Database Protections Within a month, the U.S.

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U.S. Nuclear Contractor Hit with Maze Ransomware, Data Leaked

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New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

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EKANS is a new ransomware that targets industrial control systems: But EKANS also uses another trick to ratchet up the pain: It's designed to terminate 64 different software processes on victim computers, including many that are specific to industrial control systems.

Analysis: The Latest Ransomware Targets

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The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the recent ransomware attacks on the city of New Orleans as well as other units of local government and schools. Also featured: discussion on security issues for IoT and legacy medical devices

Second Florida City Pays Hackers $500k Post-Ransomware Attack

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After being hit by a ransomware attack, the second Florida city this month has opted to pay hackers their requested ransom. Government Hacks Malware Atlanta ransomware Baltimore ransomware lake city malware malware attack ransom ransomware Ransomware Attack riviera beach security city

City of Knoxville shuts down IT network after ransomware attack

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A ransomware attack that targeted the offices of the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, forced to shut down its entire computer network. The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, has shut down its computer network following a ransomware attack. Government (@KnoxGov) June 11, 2020.

Fuckunicorn ransomware targets Italy in COVID-19 lures

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A new piece of ransomware dubbed FuckUnicorn it targeting Italy by tricking victims into downloading a fake COVID-19 contact tracing app. The new ransomware was first spotted by the malware researcher JamesWT_MHT that shared samples with the malware community.

8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments

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Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP

Maze ransomware operators stole data from US military contractor Westech

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MAZE ransomware operators have stolen sensitive data from Westech, a company that supports the US Minuteman III nuclear deterrent. Then the attackers started leaking the files online to force the victim into paying the ransomware. SecurityAffairs – Maze Ransomware, hacking).

Emerging Ransomware Targets Photos, Videos on Android Devices

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