Cyber attack closes Iran’s petrol stations

Jon Gambrell reports: A cyber attack has targeted petrol stations across Iran, shutting down a government system managing fuel subsidies and leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines at shuttered stations. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, though it bore similarities to another months earlier that seemed to directly challenge...

FBI: Ranzy Locker ransomware hit at least 30 US companies this year

Sergiu Gatlan reports: The FBI said on Monday that Ranzy Locker ransomware operators had compromised at least 30 US companies this year from various industry sectors. “Unknown cyber criminals using Ranzy Locker ransomware had compromised more than 30 US businesses as of July 2021,” the FBI said in a TLP: WHITE flash alert. Read more on...

Justice determines breach of confidentiality of medical records

Jenni Smith reports: The court determined the breach of confidentiality of patient records of the health operator Prevent Senior who died of covid-19. The operator is suspected of forging death certificates and omitting covid-19 as the cause of death in some cases. The information was initially released by TV Globo and confirmed by the...

Viewing website HTML code is not illegal or “hacking,” prof. tells Missouri gov.

Jon Brodkin reports: The cybersecurity professor who helped uncover the Missouri government’s failure to protect teachers’ Social Security numbers has demanded that the state cease its investigation into him and stop making “baseless accusations” that he committed a crime. As we reported on October 14, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson threatened to prosecute and seek civil...

Ukrainian police detain gang who laundered funds for Russian hacking groups

Catalin Cimpanu reports: Ukraine’s national police detained suspects on Monday for stealing funds from cryptocurrency wallets and laundering profits for cybercrime organizations. The arrests took place as part of a joint investigation with US authorities, the Ukrainian National Police (NPU) said in a press release on Monday. An undisclosed number of suspects were detained following house...

Government data breach exposes Afghans to more danger

Evan Dyer reports: The names of several hundred vulnerable Afghans seeking refuge from the Taliban were recently leaked in emails sent in error by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), CBC News has learned. The Afghans in question fear reprisals from the Taliban, who took over the country in August. Some are in hiding...

Will the REvil Story Finally be Over?

Victoria Kivilevich writes that even if REvil is gone,  the trend is still to increasing ransomware attacks. In June 2021, the last month of REvil’s full-time activities, 205 victims were published on ransomware blogs and data leak sites. Meanwhile, in August 2021, a full month after the group’s disappearance, 248 victims were published on...