Threat Management, Malware, Ransomware

Report: Ryuk ransomware impacts websites of DOD contractor

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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 warfare products; EWA Technologies Inc, a division that offers JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) products; Simplicikey, am EWA division that manufacturers a remote control electronic deadbolt; and the Homeland Protection Institute, non-profit chaired by EWA's CEO. As of Thursday morning, these sites remain unavailable, but EWA's main home page is functional.

Googling the domains of EWA's affected websites reveal ransom, scrambled text and references to Ryuk -- evidence of ransomware wrongdoing.

ZDNet further reported that an EWA spokesperson hung up the phone when asked for comment.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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