The Epidemic Continues As Three More Ransomware Attacks Are Disclosed

Another day, another ransomware attack — in this case, there were three.

Three more public entities have confirmed they have fallen victim to ransomware attacks over the last month. First, Tampa-based radio station WMNF reported they have lost archived data and prerecordings as a result of ransomware corrupting their server. They have sent the hardware off to a third-party data recovery company; however, they are uncertain if they will indeed be able to restore anything. Officials for the radio station stated the ransom demands were not met.

Another cyber attack infiltrated the networks of the City of Collierville, Tennessee. City officials have confirmed operations have not been interrupted, and they do not believe a data breach has occurred. It is unclear which ransomware variant corrupted the city’s networks, and ransom demands were not publicly disclosed.

Lastly, Daviess County Library in Kentucky verified they too had been crippled by ransomware. However, this isn’t their first rodeo. In April 2019 they were struck with ransomware, which their systems had yet to recover from. PC Matic did file a public records request in hopes to gain insight on which security solution the library was using at the time of the April infection. This request was submitted on May 28, 2019. To date, PC Matic has yet to receive a response. It is unclear if the same ransomware variant infected the library systems again. However, library officials have reported they have not, and will not, be paying any ransom demands.

Other Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2019, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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