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

Ransomware Increasingly Targeting Small Governments

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To get back up and running quickly, and because it's cheaper, city and county governments often pay the ransom, especially if insurance companies are footing the bill. The result: More ransomware

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

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 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

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.

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.

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.

Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Combating Ransomware Attacks

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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

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?

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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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.

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

The City of Durham shut down its network after Ryuk Ransomware attack

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The City of Durham, North Carolina, was the last victim in order of time of the infamous Ryuk ransomware that infected its systems. The City of Durham, North Carolina was forced to shut down its network after its systems have been infected with the Ryuk Ransomware during the weekend.

Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex hit by ransomware

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On S unday , the Mexican state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) was infected with the DoppelPaymer ransomware. On Sunday, a piece of the DoppelPaymer ransomware infected systems of the Mexican state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) taking down part of its network.

New Orleans Hit By Ransomware Attack

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New Orleans has declared a state of emergency following a ransomware attack. The city government has effectively been offline since December 13 when employees were instructed to turn off all computers and disconnect them from WiFi networks following reports of suspicious network activity. .

Shade Ransomware Expands to U.S. Targets

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Coming to America: The Shade ransomware, which has historically targeted Russian victims, was recently spotted expanding its sights.

Microsoft warns of growing DoppelPaymer Ransomware threat

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The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) warned customers of the DoppelPaymer ransomware and provided useful information on the threat. “Microsoft has been investigating recent attack s by malicious actors using the Dopplepaymer ransomware.

$5.3M Ransomware Demand: Massachusetts City Says No Thanks

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After being hit by a ransomware attack, Massachusetts city New Bedford faced a payout demand of more than $5 million - one of the latest known ransoms ever. Government Hacks Malware $5.3 million city ransomware cyberattack malware Massachusetts New Bedford ransom ransomware ryuk

N.Y. Could Ban Cities from Paying Ransomware Attackers

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Government Malware ban municipalities new york state ransomware payments Senate Bill S7246 senate bills to pay or not to payState senators have issued proposals they say would encourage municipalities to upgrade their cyber-postures.

Why Cities Are a Low-Hanging Fruit For Ransomware

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In this first part of a two part series, Shawn Taylor with Forescout talks to Threatpost about lessons learned from helping Atlanta remediate and recover from its massive ransomware attack.

This new ransomware is targeting companies across Europe and the US via ZDNet

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Cyber criminals using a new form of ransomware are going after healthcare and technology companies across Europe, the US and Canada in what researchers describe as 'carefully chosen' attacks.

NYPD Fingerprint Database Taken Offline to Thwart Ransomware

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Critical Infrastructure Government Malware contractor fingerprint database livescan municipal attacks New York Police Department NYPD offline ransomwareThe malware was introduced to the police network via a contractor who was installing a digital display.

'It Saved Our Community': 16 Realistic Ransomware Defenses for Cities

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Practical steps municipal governments can take to better prevent and respond to ransomware infections

RSAC 2020: Ransomware a ‘National Crisis,’ CISA Says, Ramps ICS Focus

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FBI: $3.5B Lost in 2019 to Known Cyberscams, Ransomware

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Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Wyoming hit by ransomware attack

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Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gilette, Wyoming is facing service disruptions after a ransomware attack hit its computer systems on Friday. On Friday, the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gilette, Wyoming, suffered a ransomware attack that is still causing service disruptions.