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Ireland’s health care system taken down after ransomware attack

Ireland’s health care system taken down after ransomware attack

Enlarge / St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.Bloomberg | Getty Images Ireland has shut down most of the major IT systems running its national health care service, leaving doctors unable to access patient records and people unsure of whether they should show up for appointments, following a “very sophisticated” ransomware attack. Paul Reid, chief…
Colonial Pipeline paid a $5 million ransom—and kept a vicious cycle turning

Colonial Pipeline paid a $5 million ransom—and kept a vicious cycle...

Nearly a week after a ransomware attack led Colonial Pipeline to halt fuel distribution on the East Coast, reports emerged on Friday that the company paid a 75 bitcoin ransom—worth as much as $5 million, depending on the time of payment—in an attempt to restore service more quickly. And while the company was able to…
Pipeline attacker Darkside suddenly goes dark—here’s what we know

Pipeline attacker Darkside suddenly goes dark—here’s what we know

Darkside—the ransomware group that disrupted gasoline distribution across a wide swath of the US this week—has gone dark, leaving it unclear if the group is ceasing, suspending, or altering its operations or is simply orchestrating an exit scam. On Thursday, all eight of the dark web sites Darkside used to communicate with the public went…
Colonial Pipeline resumes operations after ransomware prompted closure

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations after ransomware prompted closure

Colonial Pipeline said it restarted operations on Wednesday afternoon after a five-day outage brought on by a ransomware attack caused gasoline shortages and panic buying in East Coast states. “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the operator of the 5,500-mile pipeline said on…
Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall

Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police...

A ransomware gang that hacked the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in April posted personnel records on Tuesday that revealed highly sensitive details for almost two dozen officers, including the results of psychological assessments and polygraph tests; driver's license images; fingerprints; social security numbers; dates of birth; and residential, financial, and marriage histories.…
Apple’s ransomware mess is the future of online extortion

Apple’s ransomware mess is the future of online extortion

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Aurich Lawson On the day Apple was set to announce a slew of new products at its Spring Loaded event, a leak appeared from an unexpected quarter. The notorious ransomware gang REvil said they had stolen data and schematics from Apple supplier Quanta Computer about unreleased products and that they would sell the data to…
How a VPN vulnerability allowed ransomware to disrupt two manufacturing plants

How a VPN vulnerability allowed ransomware to disrupt two manufacturing plants

Getty Images Ransomware operators shut down two production facilities belonging to a European manufacturer after deploying a relatively new strain that encrypted servers that control manufacturer's industrial processes, a researcher from Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The ransomware known as Cring came to public attention in a January blog post. It takes hold of networks…
Ransomware shuts down production at two manufacturing plants

Ransomware shuts down production at two manufacturing plants

Getty Images Ransomware operators shut down two production facilities belonging to a European manufacturer after deploying a relatively new strain that encrypted servers that control manufacturer's industrial processes, a researcher from Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The ransomware known as Cring came to public attention in a January blog post. It takes hold of networks…
Ransomware operators are piling on already hacked Exchange servers

Ransomware operators are piling on already hacked Exchange servers

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Microsoft Exchange servers compromised in a first round of attacks are getting infected for a second time by a ransomware gang that is trying to profit from a rash of exploits that caught organizations around the world flat-footed. The ransomware—known as Black Kingdom, DEMON, and DemonWare—is demanding $10,000 for the recovery of encrypted data, security…
Exchange servers first compromised by Chinese hackers hit with ransomware

Exchange servers first compromised by Chinese hackers hit with ransomware

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Getty Images Now organizations using Microsoft Exchange have a new security headache: never-before seen ransomware that’s being installed on servers that were already infected by state-sponsored hackers in China. Microsoft reported the new family of ransomware deployment late Thursday, saying that it was being deployed after the initial compromise of servers. Microsoft’s name for the…

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