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Mac cyberattacks double in 2019: Malwarebytes

The Apple ecosystem has long been considered the safer environment compared to Windows when it comes to being targeted by cyberattacks, but that is no longer necessarily the case. Almost twice as many attacks were recorded against Mac endpoints in 2019 compared to those running Windows, Malwarebytes revealed in its 2020 State of Malware Report.…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Report: Ryuk ransomware impacts websites of DOD contractor

A Ryuk ransomware attack against U.S. Department of Defense contractor Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) has reportedly affected the electronics company’s web server, making several of its websites in accessible. According to a ZDNet report, the attack took place last week and impacted the websites for the EWA Government Systems Inc., a subsidiary that sells electronic…
Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Tampa Bay Times hit by Ryuk, new variant of stealer aimed at gov’t, finance

On the heels of a Ryuk ransomware attack on the Tampa Bay Times, researchers reported a new variant of the Ryuk stealer being aimed at government, financial and law enforcement targets. The Times attack didn’t result in a breach, noted David Ruiz, 0f Malwarebytes Labs, who cited the Times Publishing Company Chief Digital Officer Conan…
The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.
Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…
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Ransomware attack on maritime facility prompts Coast Guard warning

The U.S. Coast Guard last month issued a safety bulletin following a ransomware attack that impaired both the IT systems and industrial control systems of a facility regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and prompted a 30-hour operational shutdown. The ransomware program, identified as Ryuk, was delivered via a phishing email containing a…
Government, Government/Defense, Ransomware, Security News

New Orleans hamstrung by ransomware attack

The mayor of New Orleans Friday declared a state of emergency after the city detected what is now believed to be a Ryuk ransomware attack. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the attack closely resembles previous attacks on the state of Louisiana less than a month ago. Louisiana activated its cybersecurity team in mid-November after the state…
Ransomware, Security News

Spanish security company Prosegur hit with Ryuk

The Madrid-based security firm Prosegur was hit and taken down by a Ryuk ransomware attack late last week. The firm tweeted on November 27 that it suffered a security incident in its telecommunications platforms and had implemented its defensive and security protocols to try and mitigate and limit the damage to itself and customers. It…
Cybercrime, Health Care, Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware attack on nursing homes’ services provider threatens lives

Cybercriminals are reportedly demanding a $14 million extortion payment after using Ryuk ransomware to infect Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI), a company that provides IT consulting and cloud-based data hosting and security services to roughly 110 nursing home operations around the U.S. The Nov. 17 attack took place at 1:30 a.m. local time, encrypting the…
Ransomware, Security News

Louisiana spurns attempted ransomware attack, governor says

Louisiana activated its cybersecurity team after the state was targeted in an attempted ransomware attack similar to those aimed at government organizations and local school districts during the summer, newly re-elected Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted Monday.  “The Office of Technology Services [OTS] identified a cybersecurity threat that affected some, but not all state servers,”…
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Pemex claims victory over cyberattack; $4.9 million ransom reportedly demanded

The claim made by the Mexican state-owned petroleum corporation Pemex that it had recovered from a Nov. 10 cyberattack was met with some skepticism, as published reports indicate the attack may be still affecting the company. Pemex stated it had suffered a cyberattack that impacted about five percent of its computer equipment, but managed to…
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