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TX: PNGISD technology held for ransom

Mary Meaux reports: Port Neches-Groves Independent School District was hit by ransomware, causing the disruption of all technology connections on Tuesday. Assistant superintendent Julie Gauthier provided a statement about the cyber security attack, saying the district is working with local law enforcement and forensic and cyber security specialists to remedy the situation. Read more...

CT: Starling Physicians Warns Patients of Data Breach

NBC reports: According to an announcement released Tuesday, Starling was the target of a cyber-phishing attack on February 8. When the Connecticut-based healthcare group learned of the breach, they secured the affected email accounts and hired a forensic security firm. On September 12, investigation found that the email accounts affected by the attack contained...

Mexico’s Pemex Oil Suffers Ransomware Attack, $4.9 Million Demanded

Lawrence Abrams reports: Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex, has suffered a DoppelPaymer ransomware attack that demanded $4.9 million USD in order to decrypt their files. On Sunday, November 10th, Pemex was hit with a ransomware attack that the company states affected less than 5% of their computers. Workers reported, though, that internal memos told them not to...

Israel Extradites Accused Russian Cybercriminal to U.S. (Updated)

Felicia Schwartz and Dustin Volz report: Israel said Tuesday that alleged Russian hacker Alexei Burkov, whom the Kremlin attempted to recover in an unusual prisoner exchange, was extradited to the U.S. to stand trial for a range of hacking-related crimes, including fraud, identity theft, computer intrusion and money laundering. According to the American request...

Aussie ‘E-Crime Squad’ arrests crypto exchange owner, seizing his Bitcoin ATM

Yessi Bello Perez reports: Australian detectives have arrested a 38-year-old man as part of an investigation into an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange. The man, a resident in Cairnlea — a Melbourne suburb — was arrested at home, where police seized “a substantial amount of cash and false identification documents.” Authorities also seized a cryptocurrency ATM from a shopping mall in nearby Braybrook, which according to Google Maps is approximately 8 kilometres away from Cairnlea. Read...

Large-scale cyberattack hits Labour Party systems

Danny Palmer reports: The Labour Party has been hit with what it describes as a “sophisticated and large-scale cyberattack”. A Labour spokesperson told ZDNet that the cyberattack affected the party website and online campaigning tools and platforms, which were offline for some time yesterday while the IT and digital teams worked to get things...