Month: August 2017

South Carolina School District Pays Hackers to Retrieve Data

Hackers Make $2,900 From South Carolina School District Dorchester School District Two, of South Carolina, was hit with ransomware over the summer.  The attack was found when the district discovered over half of its data was inaccessible.  After further investigation, they found 25 servers riddled with an undisclosed ransomware variant.  The school district was unable …

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IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed

IRS Releases a Ransomware Warning to All Taxpayers The IRS has issued a new ransomware warning to all taxpayers.  Cyber criminals have begun sending out malicious email campaigns with a “message” from the IRS and FBI.  According to the email, tax payers must download a questionnaire regarding changes to the laws regarding tax compliance.  However, …

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Concerns Raised – Was Cyber Attack the Cause for USS McCain Collision?

What Caused the USS John S. McCain Collision? With the collision of the USS John S. McCain naval ship into an oil tanker near Singapore, questions arose regarding what caused the incident.  Initial reports were a steering failure; however, additional factors were later released.   Reports began to surface of a potential cyber attack, which …

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$10M Available in Refunds for Tech Support Victims

The FTC Orders Advanced Tech Support to Pay $10M in Refunds Advanced Tech Support, previously known as Inbound Call Experts, is a company that used online ads, search results and even partnered with software companies to scam users.  The ads/alerts were claiming the device was in need of technical support and the user was urged …

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Scammers Prey on Goodwill of Others During Hurricane Harvey

Scammers Portray Charitable Giving for Hurricane Harvey Victims It’s unfortunate this article even has to be written.  But it does.  Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc throughout Texas, and it is clear the storm has not yet passed.  It is now, when our country works together to bring some kind of peace to those victims.  Often …

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70K Patient Files Exposed After Ransomware Hit Kansas Medical Facility

Ransomware Attack Leaves Thousands of Patient Files Exposed The Salina Family Healthcare Center, located in Salina, Kansas was hit with ransomware in June of 2017.   The ransom demands were not met.  Instead, the infected servers and endpoints were taken offline until they could be scrubbed and backups could be installed.  Now, two months after …

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Patients Rerouted After Unknown Malware Cripples Hospital

NHS Lanarkshire Infected with Malware — Again The NHS Lanarkshire hospital, located in Scotland was the victim of yet another ransomware attack.  The malware variant that infected the system is reported to be different than the WannaCry ransomware that infiltrated the system in May.  The attack took down the facility’s email systems and left staff …

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Ransomware Leads to Over 33K Patient Files Being Leaked

Ransomware Went Undetected for a Month — Exposing Thousands of Patient Files St. Mark’s Surgical Center, located in Fort Myers, Florida was the victim of a ransomware attack in April.  However, the attack was not discovered until May, when the medical facility conducted a forensic investigation.  The event that triggered the investigation is not being …

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