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Advisories: “Brazen” Russian ransomware hackers target hundreds of US hospitals

Advisories: “Brazen” Russian ransomware hackers target hundreds of US hospitals

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Getty Images Russian hackers are targeting hundreds of US hospitals and healthcare providers just as the Corona Virus is making a comeback and the US presidential election is in its final stretch, officials from three government agencies and the private sector are warning. The hackers typically use the TrickBot network of infected computers to penetrate…
Android ransomware has picked up some ominous new tricks

Android ransomware has picked up some ominous new tricks

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Though ransomware has been around for years, it poses an ever-increasing threat to hospitals, municipal governments, and basically any institution that can't tolerate downtime. But along with the various types of PC malware that are typically used in these attacks, there's another burgeoning platform for ransomware as well: Android phones. And new research from Microsoft…
Paying ransomware demands could land you in hot water with the feds

Paying ransomware demands could land you in hot water with the...

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Businesses, governments, and organizations that are hit by crippling ransomware attacks now have a new worry to contend with—big fines from the US Department of Treasury in the event that they pay to recover their data. Treasury Department officials made that guidance official in an advisory published on Thursday. It warns that payments made to…
Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital

Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital

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A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press, German news…
Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

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Tesla Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory was the target of a concerted plot to cripple the company’s network with malware, CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The plan's outline was divulged on Tuesday in a criminal complaint that accused a Russian man of offering $1 million to the employee of a Nevada company, identified only as…
Booze and cruise providers are the latest to be hit by ransomware scourge

Booze and cruise providers are the latest to be hit by...

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Ransomware operators are continuing their blitz on corporations with deep pockets, with Jack Daniel’s distiller Brown-Forman and cruise line behemoth Carnival being two of the latest to be hit. In a statement, Brown-Forman officials wrote: Brown-Forman was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. Our quick actions upon discovering the attack prevented our systems from being…
Garmin’s four-day service meltdown was caused by ransomware

Garmin’s four-day service meltdown was caused by ransomware

GPS device and services provider Garmin on Monday confirmed that the worldwide outage that took down the vast majority of its offerings for five days was caused by a ransomware attack. “Garmin Ltd. was the victim of a cyber attack that encrypted some of our systems on July 23, 2020,” the company wrote in a…
New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware,…
Knoxville shuts down parts of its network after being hit by ransomware

Knoxville shuts down parts of its network after being hit by...

Enlarge / The Knoxville City-County Building, overlooking the Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee. The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, shut down large portions of its computer network on Thursday after being hit overnight by a ransomware attack, it was widely reported on Thursday. The attack was first noticed by members of the Knoxville Fire Department around…
Honda halts production at some plants after being hit by a cyberattack

Honda halts production at some plants after being hit by a...

Honda halted manufacturing at some of its plants around the world on Tuesday after being hit by a cyberattack that’s widely reported to be ransomware. “Honda has experienced a cyberattack that has affected production operations at some US plants,” the automaker told Ars. “However, there is no current evidence of loss of personally identifiable information.…

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