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The fairly convincing phishing scam is being hosted on a compromised EA Games server.

Fake résumé emails attempt to spread Ordinypt Wiper to German recipients

Attention German HR departments: You may want to cross off a certain “Eva Richter” from your list of employment candidates. Especially because her so-called résumé actually infects recipients with the destructive Ordinypt Wiper malware, according to a new report. The fake résumé phishing campaign began on Sept. 11 and is specifically aimed at German-speaking employers,…

Ryuk-like malware targeting law, military and finance groups

A new malware containing some similarities to Ryuk ransomware, but which acts as an information stealer targeting military, law and financial institutions has been uncovered by MalwareHunterTeam. Once onboard a device the as-yet-unnamed malware begins its attack begins searching for .docx and .xlsx files, according to Bleeping Computer. In a fashion similar to how ransomware…

Ransomware attack on Premier Family Medical reportedly impacts records of 320K patients

Utah-based health care practice Premier Family Medical was struck by ransomware last July 8 in a cyberattack that reportedly affected the records of roughly 320,000 patients. The medical provider, which operates 10 locations across Utah County, originally announced the incident publicly on Aug. 30, noting that the malware had restricted employees’ access to their systems…

The Rockford files: Ransomware disrupts Illinois school district’s systems

Rockford Public Schools District 250 in Rockford, Ill., last week was struck by a ransomware attack that has disrupted the operations of its electronic and digital systems. In an update via Twitter yesterday, the district reported that the Sept. 6 infection affected its website, internet connectivity, IT systems, phone lines, student information systems (which track…

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…

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…

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…

Texas municipalities struggle to recover from ransomware attacks

Borger and Keene confirmed they are among the 22 municipalities in Texas that were hit with ransomware attacks last weekend. “Keene is working with law enforcement to resolve a cyber incident that impacted servers statewide,” the city said on its Facebook page, explaining that online payment was down and there wouldn’t be any utility disconnections…

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