Ransomware Strikes – Paralyzing Four Public Systems

Over the last three days, four different ransomware infections have been reported.  Each of which targeting public departments and organizations.

WannaCry Takes Down Fire and Police Departments

According to US News, two emergency systems in Tennessee were infected with ransomware.  The Murfreesboro Police and Fire Departments were hit, leaving their systems completely paralyzed.  It is unclear how much data was lost during the attack; however, officials believe the ransomware has been present on the systems since May.  However, it wasn’t until recently that the public municipalities discovered the malware.  It is believed the ransomware variant used to attack the systems was WannaCry, the malware responsible for the first global ransomware attack.

Indiana Becomes Another Victim

Brownsburg Public Library and the Marion fairgrounds were also hit with a ransomware attack.  The infections were found in early July, and the exact variant is unknown.  The library did confirm they paid the ransom demand to get their files back.  The amount they paid was not disclosed.  According to CBS 4 of Indianapolis, the library is still working to get their systems fully functional.  The fairgrounds have no intention to pay the ransom demand.

Ransomware Attacks of 2017

To see a full list of ransomware attacks that have taken place in 2017, you can click here. We have also created a ransomware map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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2 thoughts on “Ransomware Strikes – Paralyzing Four Public Systems”

  1. I can’t believe the ransomware hasn’t get died away and also can’t believe there are still some computers not get patched. Only when they (data) get lost can we feel how import them are?No! We can feel in the place of other victims and secure ourselves. The traditional but most effect way is to backup our crucial data regularly to external device or cloud drives (http://www.backup-utility.com/anti-ransomware/what-can-i-do-while-wannacry-is-spreading-out-1234.html). While since clouds can also been infected indirectly (https://www.backupify.com/blog/how-ransomware-locks-files-on-google-drive), then the most secure is to backup to external device and keep the device unconnected to computer.

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