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Securing Energy Infrastructure Act passes House

The House Thursday passed the bipartisan Securing Energy Infrastructure Act, which aims to remove vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access the energy grid. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and John Carter (R-Tex.) and mirrors the Senate legislation introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho). It seeks to…

La Porte County pays $130,000 ransom to regain access

After attempting to recover from a ransomware attack for about a week, the La Porte County Board of Commissioners opted to pay the $130,000 ransom in order to regain access to their network. Local news reports have the county paying the ransom after negotiating with the attackers and noting that insurance will cover about $100,000…

U.S. mayors resolve to no longer pay ransomware attackers

The United States Conference of Mayors issued a resolution at its 87th annual meeting to stand united against paying ransoms when their municipality is hit with a ransomware attack. The organization stated in its resolution that paying ransoms merely encourages others to conduct similar attacks by showing there could be a financial benefit, and that…

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

Border-surveillance subcontractor suspended after cyberattack

Border-surveillance subcontractor Perceptics was suspended by The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after a cyberattack against the firm revealed sensitive monitoring details.The license-plate scanner and surveillance equipment firm was hit by an unknown assailant in an attack that revealed images of “fewer than 100,000” travelers faces, images of license plates, equipment schematics, HR records,…

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U.S. Virgin Islands hit with ransomware and BEC attack

The U.S. Virgin Islands Police department was hit with a ransomware attack in April that targeted servers housing internal affairs records and citizen complaints while the territory’s water department was separately hit with a business email compromise (BEC). “A lot of our files got corrupted, so we did notify the FBI and we are working with…

Fake Facebook political pages tricked Libyans into downloading RATs

A mysterious hacker has for years been tricking Libyan citizens into infecting themselves with mobile and desktop malware by luring them to weaponized Facebook pages that impersonate key local figures and purport to deliver news of interest to the civil war-torn nation’s people. Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have traced the campaign – dubbed…

Report: Ransomware attack disrupts Georgia’s court system

The state of Georgia’s court system has reportedly been hit by a ransomware attack, according to local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, citing Administrative Office of the Courts spokesman Bruce Shaw. The website www.georgia.courts.gov, which represents the Administrative Office of the Courts as well as the Judicial Council of Georgia is not operational as of 1:30 p.m.…

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