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MN: Crystal Valley Computer Systems Infected By Ransomware Attack

Southern Minnesota News reports: Mankato-based Crystal Valley says a ransomware attack has infected their computer systems. The attack “severely interrupted” the daily operations, according to a company press release. Read more on SMN.  The Crystal Valley Cooperative is a farm supply and grain marketing cooperative that serves Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, so this...

Ransomware Resources for HIPAA Regulated Entities

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is sharing the following information to ensure that HIPAA regulated entities are aware of the resources available to assist in preventing, detecting, and mitigating breaches of unsecured protected health information caused by hacking and ransomware. HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center Threat Briefs: https://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/asa/ocio/hc3/products/index.html#sector-alerts January 28, 2021...

BlackMatter Hits Grain Cooperative With Ransomware Attack

William Turton reports: Iowa-based grain cooperative New Cooperative Inc. was struck by ransomware in recent days and has shut down its computer systems as it tries to mitigate the attack. The attack occurred on or around Friday, according to Allan Liska, senior threat analyst at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future Inc. The ransomware gang, which goes by the...

PA: Horizon House notifying patients of ransomware attack in March

I do not recall ever seeing Horizon House in Philadelphia listed on any dedicated leak site used by ransomware groups, but according to a press release issued last week, Horizon House experienced a ransomware attack in March 2 and March 5 of this year that encrypted their files and allowed the unknown threat actor...

Ashland City Elementary PTO President faces theft, computer crimes charges

Katie Nixon reports: A former Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) president is facing theft, forgery and computer crimes charges after an investigation led by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office resulted her indictment Investigators were made aware of Jessica Tandy, 29, after former PTO officials reported the misappropriated funds. Read more on The Tennessean.

KY: Hacked student email threatens high school

Maddie McQueen reports: Late Sunday night, Fleming County High School had quite the scare when students and parents reported seeing an email and social media posts threatening a school shooting, said to happen on Monday. Police say the hacker is a 14-year-old girl at the school, however, police determined the threat wouldn’t be...

MN: Mankato Clinic notifies patients of health data breach

Mitch Keegan reports: The Mankato Clinic has notified more than 500 patients of a breach of unsecured protected health information. In a news release, Mankato Clinic says on August 3rd an electronic spreadsheet containing patient information for 535 patients was mistakenly e-mailed to a colleague of a Mankato Clinic employee to an external e-mail account. The...

Tempe nurse assistant stole patient identities to open bank accounts, lease apartments, police say

12News reports: A Tempe nurse assistant is accused of stealing the identities of her patients to lease apartments and purchase expensive vehicles. Sierra Johnson, 24, is facing several criminal charges after investigators connected her to several cases of fraud and identity theft throughout the Valley. Johnson worked at various rehabilitation facilities in Mesa, Goodyear,...