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Rockville Center School District pays $88,000 ransom

The Rockville Center, N.Y. School District paid an $88,000 ransom to regain access to files that had been encrypted by Ryuk ransomware. The attack took place on July 25, and according to a document sent to SC Media, the ransomware was able to avoid the cybersecurity measures the district had in place. The district’s IT…
Ransomware, Security News

Second Florida city burned by ransomware and pays attackers

Just two weeks after Lake City, Fla., government officials said their municipality was in the process recovering from a June 10 ransomware attack, the city opted to pay a $460,000 ransom. Lake City Mayor Stephen Witt told CBS47 the decision to pay the ransom was made after speaking with the FBI and its insurance company.…
Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware: To pay or not to pay

The crudely written ransom notes in movies 20-30 years ago may have been replaced by more modern, digital missives – like a texted photo a la Liam Neeson’s “Taken” – but the message remains the same: Pay up or else.   That is the quandary business owners, municipal governments, school administrators and even librarians are now…
Ransomware, Security News

Taxpayers stand strong against paying ransoms

Paying a ransom to regain access to a city’s data and systems has become increasingly common over the last few months. However, one study shows that most taxpayers are not happy when their elected officials give in to an attacker’s demand. Sixty percent of taxpayers said they are against giving in to the ransom demanded…
Ransomware, Security News

Microsoft warns of ransomware attacks with ‘motley crew’ of payloads

Ransomware delivering a “motley crew” of payloads is straining security operations especially in health care, Microsoft warned, urging security teams to look for signs of credential theft and lateral movement activities that herald attacks. Examination of an uptick in ransomware attacks during the first two weeks “showed that many of the compromises that enabled these…
Election Coverage, Ransomware, Security News

DHS program to fight ransomware attacks on 2020 elections

Concerned about cyberattacks on the 2020 elections after evidence that Russian hackers accessed voter registration systems in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introducing a new program next month to protect the systems as well as voter registration databases.  “Recent history has shown that state and county governments and those who support them are…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Dodging AV and endpoint defenses is a ‘snap’ for new Thanos ransomware

Researchers say that a new ransomware builder tool named after the super-villain Thanos — made available for sale on dark web forums — is the first to strategically use RIPlace, a Microsoft Windows file system technique that’s known to bypass antivirus protections and endpoint detection and response solutions. The implementation of RIPlace, combined with the…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Password found to rescue victims of malicious COVID-19 tracker app

Members of the IT and cybersecurity communities have successfully obtained a password key for victims of CovidLock Android ransomware, which comes disguised as an app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus, but actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. The unlock token has been verified as 4865083501.…
Featured, Ransomware, Security News

An inside look at how ransomware groups go stealth

Ransomware groups are doing all they can to leverage tools and techniques that hide their presence from threat detection engines, cover their tracks from investigators and generally make it harder for companies to spot or respond to intrusions until it’s too late.
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