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Stricken electronics firms weigh reward, cost of paying ransom

Garmin reportedly paid cyber extortionists millions of dollars for access to a decryptor so that the company could restore its services to customers following a July 23 WastedLocker ransomware attack. Meanwhile, a separate ransomware outfit this week reportedly leaked sensitive data lifted from LG and Xerox’s internal networks after attempted negotiations with the two tech…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Government, Ransomware, Security News

NetWalker ransomware group claims attack on Fort Worth transportation agency

Another Texas-based government institution may have fallen victim to ransomware actors. According to a reliable source, the cybercriminals behind the malicious encryptor NetWalker have published online evidence of an attack on Trinity Metro, a transit agency that operates bus and commuter rail transportation services in Fort Worth and its nearby Tarrant County suburbs. Trinity Metro…
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UCSF paid $1.4 million ransom in NetWalker attack

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) ponied up $1.4 million to hackers to retrieve data encrypted during a NetWalker ransomware attack disclosed in early June.  “The data that was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good,” according to a  statement from UCSF, which said…
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NetWalker claims credit for attack on Crozer-Keystone Health System

The NetWalker ransomware group claimed to be behind an attack on Philadelphia area Crozer-Keystone Health System, prompting the health care provider to take systems offline. The hackers are threatening to begin releasing information nicked in the attack in six days, according to a Cyberscoop report. The company, which operates eight medical facilities, including four hospitals,…
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UCSF, Conduent are latest to suffer the slings and arrows of ransomware

Academic health research institution the University of California, San Francisco and business process services company Conduent have emerged as two of the latest prominent victims of organized ransomware attacks. UCSF was targeted by the NetWalker (aka MailTo) ransomware group, as evidenced by a post on the cyber gang’s data leak website, while it was the Maze…
Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware halts health organization’s ability to inform public on COVID-19

Officials at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District were dealt a blow in their ability to inform the public about the Coronavirus outbreak when it was attacked with ransomware knocking its website offline. The attack struck on March 10, according to published reports, taking down the website and the staff’s ability to access records. The website…
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IT asset dollars and sense

When truth is stranger than fiction — as it often is in enterprise IT departments — managing technology assets securely can require a powerful imagination. Indeed, how IT departments cope with issues such as the obsoleting of hard drives and eliminating so-called "double-campers " from their resources might well determine whether or not they can claim their IT assets are truly secure.
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