Ransomware Attacks Target Municipalities in the Midwest

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Two More Ransomware Attacks Hit the Midwest The cities of La Pointe, Indiana and Richmond Heights, Ohio have confirmed they too fell victim to ransomware attacks this month. Officials for La Pointe have confirmed they have a cyber security insurance plan, which they hope will help to fund the restoration of their systems. The exact […]

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Leaving Windows Systems Outdated Is Convenient Until It’s Not…

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We’ve all heard about it, and perhaps even experienced it — the resistance and potential issues with keeping our operating systems updated. Whether it’s a home user or businesses, each may have their own reasons for not updating their operating systems. And no one can force them. However, with Windows 7 losing support in early […]

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Ransomware Corrupted UK’s Largest Police Forensics Contractor

With a slew of attacks hitting US public municipalities, it may seem to some that hackers have given up on targeting other businesses. This couldn’t be more inaccurate. Cyber criminals are casting wide nets, hoping to catch what they can. And boy did they… Over the weekend, reports confirmed one of the UK’s biggest forensics […]

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U.S. Virgin Islands Crippled by Ransomware

Virgin Islands Police Department Fell Victim to Cyber Attack In April 2019, the U.S. Virgin Islands fell victim to two cyber attacks. The first was an unknown ransomware variant that targeted police department servers holding internal affairs data and citizen complaints. The ransom demands were not disclosed; although officials reported they did not pay the […]

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Cyber Attacks Begin Bypassing Local Governments, Advancing to State Agencies

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Are Cyber Criminals Going to Begin Targeting State Agencies? Ransomware has been on a rampage lately, with news breaking of cyber attacks successfully infiltrating multiple local government municipalities. In June alone, news broke of cyber attacks taking down Fayette County, OH; Lake City, FL; Riviera Beach, FL; and Key Biscayne, FL. Today, the Georgia Courts […]

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Hackers Profit Over $1M from Florida Municipalities in Just a Week

Two Florida Cities Pay Hackers Over $1 Million In Attempt to Restore Networks Within the last week, you may have heard about the Florida city that paid cyber criminals $600,000 in an attempt to restore their networks. That city was Riviera Beach. In addition to paying the ransom demands, the city council also approved $1 […]

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Ohio County Falls Victim

Are you getting tired of reading these? It’s basically the same story, just with a different county or city name. We get it. It’s becoming a bit redundant. However, state and local governments aren’t getting it. They aren’t updating their devices to patch vulnerabilities, they aren’t closing unused RDP ports, and they continue to permit […]

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Another Healthcare Facility Infected with Ransomware

Within the last week, six different medical facilities confirmed suffering from recent ransomware attacks. Now another attack has been made public and minimal details are being shared. Marin Community Clinics headquartered in Novato, California recently confirmed they have fallen victim to a ransomware attack. The exact ransomware variant has not been confirmed. However, clinic officials […]

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Hackers Use Webroot and Kaseya to Spread Ransomware

Ransomware Corrupts the Systems of MSPs and Their Clients Three Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have found themselves in a bit of hot water after ransomware spread throughout their network and that of their clients. MSPs offer managed services to businesses, including the management of their cyber security. Since this attack was just reported, very few […]

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Florida Town Pays Hackers $600k and Still Replace Their Devices

Riveria Beach in Florida has been attacked with ransomware. Although the exact variant is unknown, the ransom demands were disclosed. According to city council members, the hackers requested a payment of $600,000 in order to decrypt the locked files. The city paid it, in an effort to restore their network as quickly as possible. In […]

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Three Weeks After Ransomware Attack, County Courthouse is Still Recovering

The Luzerne County Courthouse was hit with ransomware on May 25, 2019. The exact ransomware variant that infiltrated their networks has not been disclosed, nor has the ransom demand. However, the county’s IT staff has been working tirelessly to rebuild the networks, and hope to have them back to full capacity this week. Although the […]

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Ohio Clinic Pays $75K Ransom But Loses Even More in Lost Revenues

Ohio’s NEO Urology Clinic Paid Ransom Yet Networks Remained Down For Days Even after paying the $75,000 ransom demands, the networks at Boardman Ohio’s NEO Urology Clinic remained down for days. According to Health IT Security, the clinic was hit with an unnamed ransomware variant earlier this month; however, due to its “complexity”, the clinic’s […]

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Lake City, Florida Becomes Latest Ransomware Victim

The City of Lake City Became Riddled with Ransomware Update: The city has confirmed, they have paid the $460,000 ransom demand in an attempt to restore their email systems that have been down for over two weeks. This week has been a tough one for public municipalities in the war against ransomware. Earlier this week, […]

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Ransomware Attack Riddles Online Court Systems

Another Ransomware Attack Strikes Pennsylvania Court System On May 21, 2019 an unknown ransomware variant has attacked the Philadelphia online court systems. As a precautionary measure the city took the court systems offline. One of the biggest concerns facing the Philadelphia residents is for those attempting to postpone the repossession of their assets. In order […]

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Was This Texan Town Targeted with Ransomware Due to Pending Investigations?

Edcouch, Texas was hit with ransomware approximately two weeks ago, and the timing is rather interesting… Towards the end of May, another public municipality was hit with ransomware. The town of Edcouch, located in Texas, was the victim of a cyber attack, which targeted the town’s water department records. The city was asked to pay […]

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Criminals Retire Profitable Ransomware Variant GandCrab

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$2B Later – GandCrab is Going Dark The creators of GandCrab are informing all of their affiliates and victims, the ransomware will be retired in the next 20 days. Along with that, all of their victim’s decryption keys will be deleted. Creating a sense of urgency for their victims, it may lead to a final […]

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Baltimore Attack Leads to Nationwide Emphasis – On The Wrong Thing…

One would have thought the ransomware attack that riddled the city of Atlanta would have done it. But it didn’t. Or maybe the attacks that have hit U.S. airports, county governments, or major manufacturers. But again, it didn’t. However, the point seems to be getting across now. Better late than never I suppose. Memphis Takes […]

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City of Baltimore Seeking FEMA Relief After Ransomware Attack

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Government Officials Request FEMA Relief to Help Cover Costs Associated with Ransomware Attack As you may know, the City of Baltimore was hit with ransomware earlier this month. The ransom demands were approximately $100,000, and the city is refusing to pay. However, after three weeks of attempted remediation efforts, the networks are still down. City […]

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