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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,…
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…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Malware, Phishing, Ransomware, Security News

FBI warns of COVID-19 phishing scams promising stimulus checks, vaccines

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a public service announcement warning citizens to watch out for email-based fraud and malware schemes that take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the scams to look out for are emails purporting to contain helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and…
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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…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Netwalker ransomware actors go fileless to make attacks untraceable

Malicious actors have been spotted using an especially sneaky fileless malware technique — reflective dynamic-link library (DLL) injection — to infect victims with Netwalker ransomware in hopes of making the attacks untraceable while frustrating security analysts. In a company blog post on Monday, Trend Micro threat analyst Karen Victor writes that instead of compiling the…
Data Breach, Malware, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Ransomware, Security News

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…
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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Ransom payments averaging $41,000 per incident

The average ransom payment paid out by victims increased 13 percent, to $41,000, during the last three months, but researchers noted the rate of increase has plateaued. Researchers at Coveware credited the victims with being better prepared to restore their data on their own negating the need to pay the ransom. However, that was not…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Featured, Ransomware, Security News

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…
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