Mexico’s Pemex Oil Struck with Ransomware

Hackers Ask for $5 Million in Bitcoin Mexico’s Pemex oil has been struggling to keep it’s credit rating from dropping while it battles declining oil production and paying down heavy debts. In the midst of this turmoil, it was struck this week with a ransomware attack. The hackers gave a “discount period” to the company, […]

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Ransomware Epidemic Worldwide

Johannesburg Suffers Yet Another Ransomware Attack A second ransomware attack has left the town of Johannesburg, South Africa scrambling again. The website and essential digital services have been suspended while the city deals with the breach. Hackers claimed, “We have dozens of backdoors inside your city. We have control of everything…” This includes personal population […]

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Ransomware Continues to Spread Across the Nation

Ransomware has proven it’s an epidemic of massive proportions… Over the last week, several new ransomware attacks have gone public. This includes attacks against Houston County Schools of Georgia, Ava School District in Missouri, CHI Health of Nebraska, and Berry Family Services in Texas. In addition, Wood Ranch Medical, located in Simi Valley, California was […]

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Texas City Works to Restore Networks, Post-Ransomware Attack

Police Department Loses Images After Ransomware Infected City Systems The city of Robstown is working to restore their networks after an unknown ransomware variant riddled their networks, effectively corrupting Robstown Police Department records. To date, the last four weeks of police camera footage, including pictures and videos have been encrypted. The city is working with […]

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Ransomware Plagues Utah’s Premier Family Medical Clinics

Ryuk Ransomware Riddles 11 Medical Facilities in Utah In July, eleven of Utah’s Premier Family Medical clinics were infected with ransomware. After an initial investigation of the cyber attack, it was determined the hackers used the ransomware variant called Ryuk to corrupt Premier Family Medical’s networks. Ryuk, is a ransomware variant known to target large […]

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Attackers Find a New Way to Spread Ransomware Faster Than Ever

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Ransomware has been riddling home users, business entities, governments, schools, and more for years. The attacks have grown in frequency, with ransom demands growing as well. In order to continue their profitability, hackers have to find new ways to infect networks. This includes exploiting software vulnerabilities, using social engineering, creating new versions of malware, and […]

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Ransomware Riddles American Schools in August

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Ransomware Infects Public Schools Nationwide Throughout the month of August, several public school districts across the nation fell victim to ransomware. Here is what we know, the ransomware variants differed from attack to attack, although the most frequently used ransomware strain was Ryuk. This specific ransomware-type piggy-backs of a trojan virus. Once the trojan successfully […]

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New York School District Pays Hackers $100,000

Rockville Centre School District Forks Out Thousands After falling victim to ransomware, the Rockville Centre School District decided to follow the path of least resistance — pay the ransom demands. The school had a cyber insurance policy, which helped to cover the cost of the $100,000 payment, as well as assist with the payment and […]

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Ransomware Now Spreading Through Fortnite Cheat Hack

Hackers Post Ransomware in Fortnite Forums Although ransomware has been targeting the business sector, they haven’t forgotten about home users. In a new campaign to spread malicious software, hackers have masked ransomware as a Fortnite cheat hack. By posting the malicious link in various Fortnite forums, cyber criminals hope gamers will click the link and […]

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Ransomware Forces Brookside Medical Clinic To Close Its Doors

Midwestern Clinic Shuts Down After Ransomware Attack In March, ransomware corrupted Brookside Medical Center, located in Battle Creek, Michigan. After paralyzing the clinic by encrypting all of their patient files, the clinic’s partners reached out to FBI officials. The FBI encouraged the clinic not to pay the $6,500 in ransom demands for two reasons. First, […]

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Lonestar State Targeted in Vicious Cyber Attack

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Several Local Texan Governments Infected with Ransomware Update, 8/21/2019: Two Texas towns, Keene and Borger, have confirmed they were amongst the 23 municipalities hit with ransomware last week. Mayor Gary Heinrich of Keene stated the attack accessed their network through their outside security provider. The use of a third-party security provider is rather normal for […]

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Lincoln County Hit with Ransomware Twice in a Matter of Weeks

Ransomware Has Hit North Carolina’s Lincoln County — Again… Lincoln County has been hit with yet another ransomware attack, just weeks after hackers corrupted their systems the first time. The initial attack infected the county’s networks, targeting the police department servers. The second has effectively taken down the county’s Communications Center. The county has assured […]

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Ransomware Attack Results in Potential Data Breach for 116k Patients

Imperial Health Notifies Thousands of Patients After Ransomware Attack Breached Patient Records An unknown ransomware variant infected Louisiana’s Imperial Health on May 19, 2019. Now, almost two months later, the healthcare facility has begun notifying approximately 116,000 patients their information may have been compromised as a result. The information that may have been compromised included […]

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One Week, Six Attacks – And They All Targeted the Education Sector

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The U.S. Education Sector Becomes Latest Victim to Cyber Crime Over the past week, there have been six different ransomware attacks reported. As if that isn’t bad enough, they all targeted the U.S. education sector. The first three schools impacted include Sabine, Morehead, and Ouachita located in Louisana. These three attacks led Governor Edwards to […]

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Malicious Email Corrupts New Mexico School’s Networks with Ransomware

Ryuk Ransomware Corrupts New Mexico School District Gadsden School District, located in Santa Teresa, New Mexico has recently suffered a ransomware attack. Ryuk, the ransomware variant that corrupted the district’s networks, is believed to have wormed its way in by a malicious email. The infection successfully infiltrated over 10,000 PCs, but did not affect any […]

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Cyber Security – Back to the Basics

Simplifying Cyber Security The concept of cyber security has become convoluted.  Users aren’t sure what software to buy, or if one program is even enough.  Often times they’ll try to use multiple products that all do the same thing, which in turn interferes with each one’s functionality. In an attempt to make your life easier, […]

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Ransomware Continues to Take Down U.S. Schools, Businesses and Government Facilities

Ransomware Threats Continue to Flood the U.S. For years, I would write about all of the ransomware attacks that I could find. Every single attack that I became aware of, I would blog about. As time moved on, this task became a bit more tedious but could be done. However, over the last few weeks, […]

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Another Day, Another Cyber Attack — or Four…

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Four more municipalities confirm being hit with ransomware… Georgia has once again been riddled with ransomware. This time, Henry County officials have confirmed their networks have been compromised by an unknown ransomware variant. Fortunately, the ransomware did not corrupt emergency or public safety systems. Although, state court, tax assessor and board of commissioners networks were […]

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