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  1. Cybercriminal groups are increasingly gravitating towards ransomware, while evolving more and more towards a cooperative cartel model, according to new research from threat intelligence firms. In a new report released today, Mandiant spotlights the evolution of FIN11 – a financially motivated hacking group – from specializing in high-tempo, high-volume malicious email campaigns to a laser-like focus on ransomware and extortion. The shift is “emblematic” of the way established groups have pivoted their operations to the lu
  2. Amid an Embarrassment of Riches, Ransom Gangs Increasingly Outsource Their Work There’s an old adage in information security: “Every company gets penetration tested, whether or not they pay someone for the pleasure.” Many organizations that do hire professionals to test their network security posture unfortunately tend to focus on fixing vulnerabilities hackers could use to break in. But judging from the proliferation of help-wanted ads for offensive pentesters in the cybercrime underground, today’s attackers have exactly zero trouble gaining that initial intrusion: The real challenge s
  3. Android Ransomware Has Picked Up Some Foreboding New Tricks While it's still far more common on PCs, mobile ransomware has undergone a worrying evolution, new research shows. Microsoft researchers have spotted a strain of ransomware that's far better at hiding itself.Photograph: Milena Ramazanova/Getty Images Though ransomware has been around for years, it poses an ever-increasing threat to hospitals, municipal governments, and basically any
  4. Paying ransomware demands could land you in hot water with the feds Advisory applies not just to victims, but also to security and finance firms they hire. Aurich Lawson 5 with 5 posters participating 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 Thu
  5. A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain “All computers are completely shut down,” one Universal Health Services employee told WIRED. Universal Health Services has 400 facilities across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. Its IT network has been down since Sunday.Photograph: Getty Images Universal Health Services, a hospital and health care network with more than 400 facilities across the United States, Puerto Rico, and United Ki
  6. Govt. Services Firm Tyler Technologies Hit in Apparent Ransomware Attack Tyler Technologies, a Texas-based company that bills itself as the largest provider of software and technology services to the United States public sector, is battling a network intrusion that has disrupted its operations. The company declined to discuss the exact cause of the disruption, but their response so far is straight out of the playbook for responding to ransomware incidents. Plano, Texas-based Tyler Technologies [NYSE:TYL] has some 5,300 employees and brought in revenu
  7. Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital Outage caused an hour delay in treatment for woman with life-threatening condition. Enlarge Andrew Malone / Flickr 108 with 70 posters participating 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 i
  8. Ransomware Has Gone Corporate—and Gotten More Cruel The DarkSide operators are just the latest group to adopt a veneer of professionalism—while at the same time escalating the consequences of their attacks. The rise of the buttoned-up ransomware hacker is partly a function of how successful these kinds of attacks have been.Illustration: Elena Lacey “We created DarkSide because we didn’t find the perfect product for us,” reads the launch annou
  9. Compliments of your friendly neighborhood ransomware gang What just happened? Universities are becoming an increasingly popular -- and seemingly profitable -- attack surface. The University of Utah is the latest educational institution to be accosted by a ransomware attack. While the "unknown entity" who perpetrated the attack hasn't been identified, it's likely the same ransomware gang responsible for similar attacks on other universities as of late. In a statement provided on its website, The University of Utah disclosed that it paid $457,059.24 in order to m
  10. Medical Debt Collection Firm R1 RCM Hit in Ransomware Attack R1 RCM Inc. [NASDAQ:RCM], one of the nation’s largest medical debt collection companies, has been hit in a ransomware attack. Formerly known as Accretive Health Inc., Chicago-based R1 RCM brought in revenues of $1.18 billion in 2019. The company has more than 19,000 employees and contracts with at least 750 healthcare organizations nationwide. R1 RCM acknowledged taking down its systems in response to a ransomware attack, but otherwise declined to comment for this story.
  11. North Korea’s Lazarus brings state-sponsored hacking approach to ransomware In search of funds for country's weapons program, Lazarus goes hunting for big game. Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty 31 with 25 posters participating Lazarus—the North Korean state hacking group behind the WannaCry worm, the theft of $81 million from a Bangladesh bank, and the attacks on Sony Pictures—is looking to expand into the ransomware craze, according to researchers from Kaspersky Lab. Like many of Lazarus’ ea
  12. Garman’s four-day service meltdown was caused by ransomware Provider of GPS services for navigation and wearable devices is returning to normal. 0 with 0 posters participating 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 Monday morning post. “As a result, many of our online servic
  13. Knoxville shuts down parts of its network after being hit by ransomware Knoxville is the 51st city or state entity hit by the ransomware scourge this year. Enlarge / The Knoxville City-County Building, overlooking the Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee. Brian Stansberry 8 with 7 posters participating 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 at
  14. Florence, Ala. Hit By Ransomware 12 Days After Being Alerted by KrebsOnSecurity In late May, KrebsOnSecurity alerted numerous officials in Florence, Ala. that their information technology systems had been infiltrated by hackers who specialize in deploying ransomware. Nevertheless, on Friday, June 5, the intruders sprang their attack, deploying ransomware and demanding nearly $300,000 worth of bitcoin. City officials now say they plan to pay the ransom demand, in hopes of keeping the personal data of their citizens off of the Internet. Nestled in the northwest corner of
  15. Researchers detail the unusual workings of Tycoon ransomware - which appears to be designed to stay under the radar as much as possible. A newly uncovered form of ransomware is going after Windows and Linux systems in what appears to be a targeted campaign. Named Tycoon after references in the code, this ransomware has been active since December 2019 and looks to be the work of cyber criminals who are highly selective in their targeting. The malware also uses an uncommon deployment technique which helps stay hidden on compromised networks. The
  16. Ransomware Hit ATM Giant Diebold Nixdorf Diebold Nixdorf, a major provider of automatic teller machines (ATMs) and payment technology to banks and retailers, recently suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted some operations. The company says the hackers never touched its ATMs or customer networks, and that the intrusion only affected its corporate network. Canton, Ohio-based Diebold [NYSE: DBD] is currently the largest ATM provider in the United States, with an estimated 35 percent of the cash machine market worldwide. The 35,000-employee company
  17. Europe’s Largest Private Hospital Operator Fresenius Hit by Ransomware Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator and a major provider of dialysis products and services that are in such high demand thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hit in a ransomware cyber attack on its technology systems. The company said the incident has limited some of its operations, but that patient care continues. Based in Germany, the Fresenius Group includes four independent businesses: Fresenius Medical Care, a leading provider of care to those suffering
  18. LockBit, the new ransomware for hire: a sad and cautionary tale You've probably never heard of LockBit, but that's likely to change. Enlarge Getty Images 68 with 49 posters participating, including story author Ransomware has emerged as one of the top threats facing large organizations over the past few years, with researchers reporting a more than a fourfold increase in detections last year. A recent infection by a fairly new strain called LockBit explains why: after it ransacked one company’s poorly secured net
  19. The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game Hackers laid the groundwork months ago for attacks. Now they're flipping the switch. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images The novel coronavirus pandemic has stretched the world's health care systems to their limits, creating a global crisis. New research from Microsoft shows that ransomware attackers are actively making that crisis worse, forcing health care and critical infrastructure organizations t
  20. A fake coronavirus tracking app is actually ransomware A fake coronavirus tracking app is actually ransomware that threatens to leak social media accounts and delete a phone's storage unless a victim pays $100 in bitcoin The concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak are being exploited by hackers taking advantage of people's thirst for information. An Android app called "COVID19 Tracker" is just one example of ransomware that masks itself as a real-time coronavirus map tracker, according to researchers. If a user grants the app access to cer
  21. ‘CovidLock’ Exploits Coronavirus Fears With Bitcoin Ransomware Opportunistic hackers are increasingly seeking to dupe victims using websites or applications purporting to provide information or services pertaining to coronavirus. Cybersecurity threat researchers, DomainTools, have identified that the website coronavirusapp.site facilitates the installation of a new ransomware called “CovidLock.” The website prompts its visitors to install an Android application that purportedly tracks updates regarding the spread of COVID-19, claiming to notify users wh
  22. FBI says ransomware victims paid over $140 million to attackers Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was one of the attendees at the RSA 2020 conference which covers security and is attended by big companies like IBM and AT&T. This year, the conference lacked involvement from major tech giants due to the Coronavirus outbreak but FBI and others attended the event to talk about customer security. At the event, FBI released an interesting stat which claims that ransomware victims have paid over $140 million to the attackers in the last 6 years. The agency arri
  23. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE — US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware Infection spread to site's OT network that monitors and controls physical processes. Enlarge Glen Dillon A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented personnel from receiving crucial real-time operational data from control and communication equipment, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Tuesday’s a
  24. Hackers Attack IPMI Default Passwords to Deploy Ransomware On Linux Servers BleepingComputer recently exposed a Ransomware variant called JungleSec which affects Linux servers through the IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface). The threat actors targeted unsecured IPMIs to remotely access and operate the victim’s system The Attack The threat actors first locate systems without secure IPMIs and then gain access through the default password. Hackers can then control and operate the computer. Next, they reboot the system into a single-user mode. Finally, the files are
  25. Cryptomining malware is the fastest-growing category of malicious software, according to a new report. Ransomware is the biggest trend in malware and it shows little signs of slowing down. After new cryptomining malware samples grew 629% to more than 2.9 million samples in the first quarter of 2018, their growth continued; in the second quartter total samples grew by 86% with more than 2.5 million new samples. The news about cryptomining malware is at the center of the McAfee Labs Threats Report: September 2018, released today. The company notes that cryptomining h
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