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Maze ransomware possibly behind Southwire attack

Wire and cable manufacturer Southwire is in the recovery phase from a ransomware attack that struck on December 9 knocking a large portion of the company offline. Published reports state Maze ransomware was the weapon of choice and that the attackers demanded an 850 bitcoin, about $6 million, payment or else the encrypted data would…
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Maze ransomware attack catches IT services firm Cognizant unawares

Digital solutions provider and IT consultant giant Cognizant has been struck by a Maze ransomware attack that infected its systems and caused service disruptions to its clients. The Teaneck, N.J.-based company, with roughly $15 billion in revenue, confirmed the incident in a press release over the weekend. Cognizant serves a wide spectrum of industries, including…
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Maze ransomware group claims Chubb as victim

In the middle of a pandemic, insurance companies are likely targets for cyberattackers so it’s not surprising that Chubb this week reportedly found itself a victim of the Maze ransomware’s operators, who encrypted the company’s files. The group put a notice on its news site claiming that it had encrypted the insurance company’s network. If…
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Maze ransomware publicly shaming victims into paying

At least five law firms have been hit and held hostage by the Maze ransomware group in the last four days with these attacks being part of a wider campaign possibly affecting between 45 and 180 total victims in January. Maze is using a somewhat unique tactic with its latest victims. Instead of simply placing…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Data leakage prevention (DLP), Ransomware, Security News

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

Following in the footsteps of Maze and Sodinokibi, it appears the makers another malicious encryption program plans to adopt the tactic of publishing data that’s been exfiltrated from targets. According to a BleepingComputer report, Nemty ransomware developers posted on a news feed in its affiliate panel that it intends to create a website where they…
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Maze ransomware attackers extort vaccine testing facility

The cybercriminal gang behind Maze ransomware has been extorting a UK-based clinical research organization that’s been preparing to play a potential role in testing vaccine candidates for the novel coronavirus, despite assurances that they would not harm any health care organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. SC Media first reported an attack on the medical center,…
The fairly convincing phishing scam is being hosted on a compromised EA Games server.
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Threat actor impersonates German, Italian and American gov’t agencies to spread malware

Since October, a threat actor has been impersonating governmental agencies in phishing emails designed to infect American, German and Italian organizations with various forms of malware, including the Cobalt Strike backdoor, Maze ransomware and the IcedID banking trojan. Business and IT services, manufacturing companies, and healthcare organizations make up a large share of the targets…
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Med group’s breach disclosure claims SSNs unaffected; leaked docs suggest otherwise

The Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic, a network of medical providers based in Texas, has officially confirmed a combination data breach-ransomware attack that exposed sensitive information. The company is claiming that social security numbers were not impacted in the incident, despite security experts having demonstrated that the attackers have published stolen documents containing patients’ and employees’…
In growing market for genetic data, privacy implications prove lasting
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ExecuPharm employee info compromised following reported ransomware attack

ExecuPharm, a provider of pharmaceutical clinical research support services, has suffered a data security incident that has reportedly been identified as a CLOP ransomware attack, coupled with a corresponding data leak. Security experts have expressed concern that cybercriminals will target health care organizations at a time when their services may be needed to help respond…
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No reprieve for health care orgs as ransomware hits hospital operator, plastic surgeons

If there was any lingering hope that cybercriminals would show mercy on health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis — as some claimed they would do — that pipe dream evaporated with the news that various ransomware groups attacked Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator, as well as a pair of U.S.-based plastic surgery clinics.…
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