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“Serious” ransomware attack cripples huge aluminum manufacturer

“Serious” ransomware attack cripples huge aluminum manufacturer

Enlarge / Notes posted on a window of Norsk Hydro's headquarters in Norway on March 19, 2019. Getty Images One of the world’s biggest producers of aluminum has been hit by a serious ransomware attack that shut down its worldwide network, stopped or disrupted plants, and sent IT workers scrambling to return operations to normal.…
Cybersecurity authorities caution state and regional companies (once again) to ward off ransomware

Cybersecurity authorities caution state and regional companies (once again) to ward...

Enlarge / Georgia State Police and Capitol Police had their laptops taken offline by ransomware in the latest of many attacks on state and local government agencies. Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety revealed that laptop computers in state police and Capitol police vehicles—as well as laptops used by Georgia's Motor Carrier Compliance Division…
“We require to up our video game”– DHS cybersecurity director on Iran and ransomware

“We require to up our video game”– DHS cybersecurity director on...

Enlarge / Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, at a recent Senate hearing. Krebs issued a warning earlier this week on a surge in Iranian state-sponsored "malicious cyber activity." Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images Last weekend, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs issued…
Iranians arraigned in Atlanta local government ransomware attack

Iranians arraigned in Atlanta local government ransomware attack

Enlarge / The message posted to social media by the city of Atlanta in the wake of an apparent ransomware attack. City of Atlanta The US Attorney's Office for the District of Northern Georgia announced today that a federal grand jury had returned indictments against two Iranian nationals charged with executing the March 2018 ransomware…
While one Texas county got rid of ransomware, little cities took complete punch

While one Texas county got rid of ransomware, little cities took...

Hemera Technologies/Getty Images Few details have emerged about the coordinated ransomware attack that struck 22 local governments in Texas last week. But five local governments affected by the attack have been identified. On August 20, the Texas Department of Information Resources revised its initial report that 23 "entities" had been affected by the ransomware attack,…
Baltimore ransomware headache might recently more, with huge effects

Baltimore ransomware headache might recently more, with huge effects

Enlarge / Days after Mayor "Jack" Young took over for disgraced Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, ransomware took down Baltimore City's networks. It may be weeks or months before things return to normal—and "normal" wasn't that great, either, based on the city's IT track record. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images It's been nearly two weeks since the City…
Ransomware, “wiper” malware attacks have more than doubled, IBM group states

Ransomware, “wiper” malware attacks have more than doubled, IBM group states

Enlarge / RYAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 28, 2017: The silhouette of a young man against a red background with a projected message related to the Petya ransomware; on 27 June 2017 a variant of the Petya ransomware virus hit computers of companies in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries in a cyber attack. Alexander Ryumin/TAS (Photo…
Zero-day aggressors provide a double dosage of ransomware– no clicking needed

Zero-day aggressors provide a double dosage of ransomware– no clicking needed

Attackers have been actively exploiting a critical zero-day vulnerability in the widely used Oracle WebLogic server to install ransomware, with no clicking or other interaction necessary on the part of end users, researchers from Cisco Talos said on Tuesday. The vulnerability and working exploit code first became public two weeks ago on the Chinese National…
FBI alerts of significant ransomware attacks as lawbreakers go “big-game searching”

FBI alerts of significant ransomware attacks as lawbreakers go “big-game searching”

Enlarge / Big-time criminals have come to play in the ransomware game, taking down "big game" for big bucks. The FBI has issued a public service announcement entitled "High Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Businesses and Organizations." While the announcement doesn't provide any details of specific attacks, the Bureau warns in the announcement: Ransomware attacks…
Louisiana was struck by Ryuk, activating another cyber-emergency

Louisiana was struck by Ryuk, activating another cyber-emergency

Enlarge / Louisiana state agencies were taken offline during the response to a Ryuk ransomware attack but are now largely up and running again thanks to backups. In October, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning of increased targeting by ransomware operators of "big game"—targets with deep pockets and critical data that were more…

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