Europe’s Largest Private Hospital Operator Fresenius Hit by Ransomware

Krebs on Security

Fresenius , Europe’s largest private hospital operator and a major provider of dialysis products and services that are in such high demand thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hit in a ransomware cyber attack on its technology systems.

Pharmaceutical companies exploited by phishing scam targeting job seekers

IT Governance

Earlier this month, two major pharmaceutical giants issued warnings about phishing emails targeting job hunters. For example, most ransomware attacks are spread via phishing emails. Organisations can tackle that threat with our Phishing and Ransomware – Human patch e-learning course. This ten-minute course explains the basics of email-based threats, showing staff how to spot and avoid phishing scams and ransomware.


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FIN11 gang started deploying ransomware to monetize its operations

Security Affairs

The financially-motivated hacker group FIN11 has started spreading ransomware to monetize its cyber criminal activities. The financially-motivated hacker group FIN11 has switched tactics starting using ransomware as the main monetization method.

Connecting the Bots – Hancitor fuels Cuba Ransomware Operations

Security Affairs

The Cuba Ransomware gang has partnered with the crooks behind the Hancitor malware in attacks aimed at corporate networks. Group-IB Threat Intelligence & Attribution team found that Hancitor is being actively used by the threat actors to deploy Cuba ransomware.

The hidden threats facing your intellectual property

IT Governance

For life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, this includes data on the development and testing of new therapies and details of how therapies are manufactured. In the 2017 WannaCry attack, for example, cyber criminals used ransomware to prevent victims from accessing their IP unless a ransom was paid. Cyber Resilience Healthcare Intellectual Property Life Sciences Pharmaceutical

Interpol warns that crooks are increasingly targeting hospitals

Security Affairs

While the Coronavirus outbreak is threatening the world, the INTERPOL warns that crooks are increasingly targeting hospitals with ransomware. Some Ransomware operators have stated that they will no longer target health and medical organizations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Petya Ransomware: What You Need to Know and Do

Andrew Hay

Unless you’ve been away from the Internet earlier this week, you’ve no doubt heard by now about the global ransomware outbreak that started in Ukraine and subsequently spread West across Western Europe, North America, and Australia yesterday. With similarities reminiscent to its predecessor WannaCry, this ransomware attack shut down organizations ranging from the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk Line to a Tasmanian-based Cadbury chocolate factory. By: Andrew Hay.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in November 2020 – 586 million records breached

IT Governance

Ransomware. Ransomware. We recorded 103 cyber security incidents in November, which accounted for 586,771,602 leaked records.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in May 2021 – 116 million records breached

IT Governance

For the second month in a row, ransomware has dominated our list of data breaches and cyber attacks. Of the 128 publicly disclosed incidents that we discovered in May, more than 40% of them were ransomware attacks. Ransomware. Ransomware.

North Korea-linked Lazarus APT targets the COVID-19 research

Security Affairs

The group is considered responsible for the massive WannaCry ransomware attack, a string of SWIFT attacks in 2016, and the Sony Pictures hack. The attacks aimed at a Ministry of Health and a pharmaceutical company involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 292

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List of data breaches and cyber attacks in August 2020 – 36.6 million records breached

IT Governance

Ransomware. British Dental Association records leaked on the dark web (5,524) Australian aged care firm Regis hit by ransomware (unknown) ?Canon

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in October 2020 – 18.4 million records breached

IT Governance

Ransomware. Ransomware. With 117 publicly reported security incidents, October 2020 is the leakiest month we’ve ever recorded. The good news is that those data breaches and cyber attacks accounted for just 18,407,479 breached records.

NEW TECH: How Semperis came to close a huge gap in Active Directory disaster preparedness

The Last Watchdog

But then came a wave of ransomware attacks like WannaCry and cyber weapons like NotPetya, the ransomware spreading worm that encrypted AD, locking out company control — permanently, without a distinction as to whether its extortion demands went unmet or not. The ransomware will often use the EternalBlue and EternalRomance exploits to propagate. In today’s complex IT environments, a million things can go wrong, though only a few systems touch everything.

New financially motivated attacks in Western Europe traced to Russian-speaking threat actors

Security Affairs

At least two companies operating in pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors have been affected. Researchers at Group-IB observed new financially motivated attacks in Western Europe traced to Russian-speaking threat actors.

GUEST ESSAY. Everyone should grasp these facts about cyber threats that plague digital commerce

The Last Watchdog

Malware can be categorized based on how it behaves (adware, spyware and ransomware), and how it propagates from one victim to another (viruses, worms and trojans). Ransomware. Ransomware programs gain access to a computer’s file system and execute a payload to encrypt all data. Shortly after a ransomware attack, cybercriminals will demand a ransom amount, usually in cryptocurrency, in exchange for the cipher key.

Europol analyses on criminal operations in Europe during COVID-19 Crisis

Security Affairs

“For instance, the cybercriminals shortened the period between the initial infection with ransomware and the activation of the ransomware attack not waiting for an ideal moment to launch the attack but trying as soon as possible to maximise profits.”

Encryption – A Feasible Savior against Prevalent Privacy Issues in Business Communication

Security Affairs

I remember that in early 2017, the business world was hit by ransomware, which felt to them like a speedy bullet shot at their blind spot. The ransomware attack was labeled as WannaCry, which in reality made the victims wanted to cry. What’s more, threatening about ransomware is that according to a survey conducted by Pwnie Express , almost half of the 582 surveyed individuals agreed that they didn’t have any means to prevent a ransomware attack.

China-linked hackers target government agencies by exploiting flaws in Citrix, Pulse, and F5 systems, and MS Exchange

Security Affairs

This tool is commonly used by threat actors, including ransomware operations, utilize to gain access to administrator credentials, and therefore, compromise Windows domain controllers.

Supply chain failure – the impact on the patient

IT Governance

This concern was highlighted by recent reports indicating that pharmaceutical giant Sanofi is increasing the stockpile of medicine to allow for 14 weeks’ worth of supply should there be cross-channel transport delays. The WannaCry ransomware attack is a prime example, where the inability to access data saw 14,778 patient appointments and 850 operations cancelled across the NHS.

Data breaches: the financial cost of poor planning

IT Governance

This reflects recent figures , suggesting that NotPetya, a 2017 ransomware attack that hit organisations across the globe, cost pharmaceutical giant Merck $135 million in lost sales in the first three months after the attack. Data breaches can have a wide-reaching impact.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in January 2020 – 1.5 billion records breached

IT Governance

Ransomware. Travelex suspends services after ransomware attack (unknown). Bartlett Public Library District, IL, computers disabled by ransomware (unknown). Anchorage-based bty Dental notifies patients after ransomware attack (2,008).

Security in a World of Physically Capable Computers

Schneier on Security

We've already seen hacks against robot vacuum cleaners , ransomware that shut down hospitals and denied care to patients, and malware that shut down cars and power plants. Cars, airplanes, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, food, medical devices, workplaces, restaurants, and, most recently, financial products -- all needed government regulation in order to become safe and secure. It's no secret that computers are insecure.

2019 end-of-year review part 1: January to June

IT Governance

Many commenters were disappointed by the car manufacturer’s lack of transparency, as it refused to provide further details of the incident, including whether it was a ransomware attack.