Mar 232019

Tom Morton reports:

The Police Federation of England and Wales has been hit by a second cyber attack.

The organisation, which represents nearly 120,000 officers, said the ‘multi-pronged, sustained’ attack came at about 2.45pm on Thursday.

It affected a number of databases as well as the advice website set up to deal with the first attack on March 9.

Read more on The Portsmouth News.  The NCSC issued a statement on March 21.

Statement by National Cyber Security Centre

“We are aware of a cyber incident affecting the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) and we are working with the organisation and law enforcement partners to advise on mitigation measures.

The NCSC recommends those who have been affected be vigilant to suspicious emails, texts, and phone calls. Advice and guidance for individuals and organisations is available on the NCSC website.”

Mar 152019

DeeDee Sun reports:

The Ballard Northwest Senior Center found itself in the bull’s-eye of ransomware attack, with its server wiped just weeks before their biggest fundraiser of the year.

The senior center says it doesn’t know if it was targeted, or if the ransomware attack hit them at random, but now it’s struggling to get back on its feet.

Read more on KIRO7.

via “Russy”

Mar 142019

Pat Ferrier reports:

When employees of the Fort Collins Loveland Water District and South Fort Collins Sanitation District got to work the morning of Feb. 11, they were locked out of technical and engineering data and drawings stored on their computers.

The districts had fallen victim to a ransomware cyber attack, the second in two years, General Manager Chris Matkins said. Hackers were holding the data hostage and demanding a ransom payment before they’d unlock the information.

Matkins won’t say how big the ransom demand was or how payment was to be made. “It’s not something we will talk about,” he said. “It didn’t have any bearing on how we responded.”

Fort Collins Loveland Water never considered paying the ransom and within about three weeks was able to unlock the data on its own, Matkins said.

Read more on The Coloradoan.

Thanks to “Russy” for this link.  Russy also sent a link to this James Perse notification, which seems all-too-familiar in its description:

Mar 042019

Telangana | Indo-Asian News Service provides some more details on the TDP incident:

An alleged data breach by a company which provides IT services to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the action taken against it by Telangana police triggered a row between the two states on Sunday.

On a petition by an employee of IT Grids, the Telangana High Court on Sunday directed Telangana police to produce four employees of the company before it on Monday.

The petitioner moved a habeas corpus petition, seeking direction to the police to produce the employees allegedly picked up during raids conducted on the company’s office in Hyderabad.

Cyberabad police reportedly seized laptops, hard disks and some other material during the searches conducted at IT Grids office, following a complaint by Lokeshwar Reddy that company officials have stolen the data of about 3.5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh who are the beneficiaries of various government welfare schemes.

Read more on NDTV.

Mar 042019

ANI reports:

Police have registered a case after a complaint was received against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for allegedly using the people’s data illegally through ‘Sevamitra App‘ to advance the party’s electoral prospects in the coming Lok Sabha polls in the state. Police have named four persons in the case.

The first information report (FIR) has been registered by the Madhapur police. The complainant Thummula Lokeshwara Reddy has stated in his complaint that “while studying about the practices of electioneering in view of the coming General Elections in Andhra Pradesh, he learnt about the use of certain mobile phone and tab-based software applications by the cadre of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), especially ‘Sevamitra app’ for advancing party’s electoral prospects as reported in the national newspapers.”

Read more on Business Standard.