The Baltimore City government computer system fell victim to a ransomware attack this week, marking the second time this has happened in just over a year. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city government’s computer system has once again fallen victim to a ransomware attack for the second time in over a year. A spokesman for Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young stated: “Employees are working diligently to locate the source and extent of the infection.”The spokesperson stated that many of the cities critical systems such as the 911 and 311 emergency services systems were not affected, but most of the city’s servers had been shut down. As a result of the server outage, a City Council committee was forced to cancel a hearing on gun violence and water customers were unable to have their billing questions answered. The spokesperson stated that the ransomware was quarantined by Tuesday afternoon but that the full scale of the problem, or how it … [Read more...] about Baltimore City Government Faces Ransomware Attack
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Hackers have used a two-year-old vulnerability in a software package used by remote IT support firms to gain a foothold on vulnerable networks and deploy the GandCrab ransomware on those companies' customer workstations.At least one company has been hit already, according to a report on Reddit, confirmed by cyber-security firm Huntress Labs.The vulnerability used by the hackers impacts the Kaseya plugin for the ConnectWise Manage software, a professional services automation (PSA) product used by IT support firms.The Kaseya VSA plugin allows companies to link data from the Kaseya VSA remote monitoring and management solution to a ConnectWise dashboard.Many small IT firms and other types of managed service providers (MSPs) use the two applications to centralize data from their clients and manage customer workstations from a remote central location. In November 2017, a security researcher named Alex Wilson discovered an SQL injection vulnerability (CVE-2017-18362) in this plugin that … [Read more...] about GandCrab ransomware gang infects customers of remote IT support firms
Ransomware doesn't generate as many headlines as it used to. There was a time when seemingly every cybersecurity article involved hackers demanding cryptocurrency in exchange for restoring some victim, or another's access to their own systems. Those stories eventually lost their novelty, though, and the media diverted its attention even as the threat posed by ransomware continued to grow. reported that "only about 15 percent" of its subscribers received their papers on December 29 in "the biggest publishing disruption in decades." But the Union-Tribune wasn't the only paper whose deliveries were disrupted by the attack.identified the ransomware used in this attack as "Ryuk," which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ cybersecurity program warned about this particular strain of ransomware in an advisory published in August. (You can find a copy of the advisory via Healthcare IT News.) Check Point also previously said Ryuk is unlike other … [Read more...] about Ransomware Attack Targets LA Times, Tribune Publishing
A cyberattack at a Los Angeles newspaper printing plant halted the delivery of a number of popular newspapers, Saturday, including the Los Angeles Times, and west coast editions of the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the virus impacted the “Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other papers to some subscribers,” as well as “the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.”In an article, the Los Angeles Times declared, “Technology teams worked feverishly to quarantine the computer virus, but it spread through Tribune Publishing’s network and reinfected systems crucial to the news production and printing process.” A source close to the situation reportedly believed “the cyberattack originated from outside the United States,” in an effort to “disable infrastructure.” … [Read more...] about Cyberattack on Tribune Publishing Halts Printing of Newspapers in L.A.
It’s hard to read the news at the moment without Ransomware being mentioned. For example, I typed “ransomware” into Google News recently and got more than 1 million hits in 0.23 seconds. Even when I limited my search to the past 24 hours it returned over 6 pages of links. Therefore, with so many experts writing things that are sufficiently interesting or important to feature as “News” — why has the problem not yet been solved?In order to try to answer this I delved a little further into what is being classed as newsworthy with respect to ransomware. By far the most articles that my Google search unearthed referred to new and exotic threats that had the ability to exploit hitherto unknown vulnerabilities in IT systems. As a result, ransomware is a pan-organisational problem and cannot be solved by a single product or even a range of products without significant cultural change also being implemented in an organisation.From the CEO’s perspective, … [Read more...] about Four things every CEO should know about ransomware