Malware

Ransomware Attacks 2020

With the spike of ransomware attacks reported in 2019, what is to be expected in 2020? Many experts say this is only the beginning…

January

  • City of Ingleside – Texas – Ransom demands have not been disclosed and city officials have not confirmed if ransom payments were made.
  • Contra Costa County Library – California – Officials have not confirmed the ransom demands, or if they were paid in an effort to expedite the system restoration process.
  • Enloe Medical Center – California – Officials have not confirmed the ransom demands, or if they were paid in an effort to expedite the system restoration process.
  • Temple Har Shalom – Hackers demanded $500,000 in ransom demands. Temple officials reported they will not pay the ransom demands.
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – Louisiana – Officials for the convention center would not comment on the ransom demands or if they were paid.
  • Town of Colonie – New York – Ransom demands have not been disclosed and city officials have not confirmed if ransom payments were made.
  • Public Relations Commission – New Mexico – Officials have not confirmed the ransom demands, or if they were paid in an effort to expedite the system restoration process.
  • Tampa Bay Times – Florida – Representatives reported not paying the ransom demands but did not disclose what those demands were.
  • MDLabs – New Jersey – Ransom demands were $1.7 million, and the facility opted not to pay.
  • Lakeland Community College – Ohio – Officials did not report what the ransom demands were, or if they were paid.
  • Electronic Welfare Associates – West Virginia – Officials did not report what the ransom demands were, or if they were paid.
  • Mountain View Los Altos Union High School – California – Officials did not report the ransom demands, but did state they have negotiators available through their cyber security insurance policy to negotiate the ransom payment if they choose to go that route.
  • City of Racine – Wisconsin – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • ITI Technical College – Louisiana – Officials did not report the ransom demands; however, they did state they will not pay them.
  • City of Oshkosh – Wisconsin – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Brandywine Urology – Delaware – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.

February

  • Rockdale County – Georgia – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit – Pennsylvania – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Havre Public Schools – Montana – The ransom demands were in the “hundreds of millions”; however, the intent to pay has yet to be disclosed.
  • Miami Beach Police Department – Florida – They didn’t confirm the exact amount of the ransom demand, but did state it was “millions”. Officials did not confirm if any form payment was made.
  • Niagara University – New York – Ransom demands were not disclosed, nor was the intention to pay.
  • City of Wayne – Nebraska – Ransom demands were not disclosed, nor was the intention to pay.
  • Gadsden School District – New Mexico – Officials stated they have no intention to pay the ransom demands.
  • Grayson County – Texas – Ransom demands were not disclosed, nor was the intention to pay.
  • La Salle County – Texas – Officials stated they have no intention to pay the ransom demands.
  • Jordan Health – New York – Ransom demands were not disclosed, nor was the intention to pay.
  • Spartanburg District One Schools – South Carolina – Ransom demands were not disclosed, nor was the intention to pay.

March

  • City of Durham – North Carolina – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • County of Durham – North Carolina – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District – Illinois – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • Bluffton Fire and Rescue – South Carolina – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • Town of Jupiter – Florida – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • City of Torrance – California – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.

April

  • Coffee County Jail – Tennessee – Officials are not reporting the ransom amount, or if they intend to pay in an effort to restore their networks.
  • Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office – Louisiana – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Parkview Medical Center – Colorado – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Lawrence County 911 Center – Tennessee – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Magellan Health – Arizona – Officials are not disclosing the ransom demand, or if it was paid in an attempt to regain access to their systems. Approximately 30 days after the attack, it was found personal information was compromised as a result.

May

  • Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Texas Supreme Court – Texas – Officials reported they have no intention to pay the ransom demands; however, they did not disclose how much those demands were.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – Officials have not disclosed what the ransom demands were, or any intentions of paying them.
  • Michigan State University – Michigan – Officials have yet to release a comment regarding the ransomware attack.
  • City of Columbus – Georgia – Official did not report the ransom demands but did state they hope to recover files using backup systems.
  • County of Rio Arriba – New Mexico – Officials are not reporting whether or not the ransom demands will be met, in an effort to restore the County’s networks.
We have also created a heatmap, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S. Click the map for full details.

Stay tuned as PC Matic continues to track publicly disclosed ransomware attacks throughout the year.

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