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Johannesburg’s city e-services disrupted by ransomware strike

An threat actor that calls itself the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has executed a data breach and ransomware attack against City of Johannesburg, South Africa — the second time in four months that the metropolis has contended with a cyber extortion plot. Via its official Twitter account yesterday, city officials acknowledged the incident as simply a…

New MedusaLocker ransomware looks to make a monster profit

The newly discovered ransomware called MedusaLocker won’t exactly turn your computer to stone, but it might as well, considering your files will be just as useless. Researchers from MalwareHunterTeam first took note of the threat in late September, when the ransomware started racking up its first known victims. (The company acknowledges the ransomware in a…

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Malware takes down some Pitney Bowes systems

Pitney Bowes reported today that it was hit with malware that has made some files inaccessible, but stopped short of calling it a ransomware attack. Pitney Bowes said the attack has encrypted some corporate information and disrupted customer access to certain services, but at this time the company does not believe any customer or employee…

BitPaymer ransomware attackers exploit Apple flaw to bypass detection

Apple has patched a vulnerability in iCloud for Windows and iTunes for Windows that malicious actors had been exploiting to evade antivirus and endpoint detection and response systems as they attempted to infect machines with ransomware. Specifically, the zero-day flaw was discovered in Bonjour – a mechanism for delivering future updates and also for helping…

DCH Health System pays ransomware attackers in bid to restore operations

OCT. 12 UPDATE: On Oct. 10, DCH lifted its diversion protocol and began accepting all patients again in its Emergency Departments. Outpatient imaging for DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center resumed normal operations on Oct. 11. DCH continues to work on restoring its systems. Forced to turn away certain patients following a ransomware…

FBI alert: Ransomware attacks becoming increasingly targeted and costly

The FBI yesterday issued a new public service announcement regarding the ongoing ransomware epidemic, emphasizing that attacks are becoming more targeted since early 2018, with losses increasingly significantly in that time. The alert is intended to update and supplement a previous ransomware warning that the FBI issued back in September 2016, and specifically identifies state…

Cyberattack causes $95 million loss for Demant

The Danish hearing aid manufacturer Demant has quickly piled up a $95 million bill associated with a cyber incident that struck the company in early September. In a September 26 financial statement, the company revealed how the cyber incident that began on September 3 has impacted the company’s financial situation. Demant executives credited the quick…

Ransomware: Fast and furious

Ransomware is by far and away the fastest growing attack method in cybercrime. It’s a trend that has only continued in 2019, with a serious uptick in the number of ransomware incidents and insurance claims in just the last couple of months. As the volume and efficacy of attacks continue on an upward trajectory, another…

Wakulla County school board elects to negotiate with ransomware hackers

Wakulla County Schools board members on Wednesday reportedly voted unanimously to negotiate with hackers who infected the Florida-based district’s systems with ransomware. The district, located in the Tallahassee metropolitan area, first felt the effects of the attack one earlier this month. Emails, bus routing, and library and food service systems have all been impacted, the…

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