Malware

IL: Rockford Public Schools release details about ‘ransomware’ attack

WTVO reports: On Wednesday, Rockford Public Schools shared details about a devastating cyber attack the district suffered in September. The district continues to recover from the ransomware attack, a computer-based attack in which hackers install software on a remote computer system that encrypts files so the owners cannot access them without paying a ransom....

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...

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...

Major ASP.NET hosting provider recovering from ransomware attack

Catalin Cimpanu recently reported: SmarterASP.NET, an ASP.NET hosting provider with more than 440,000 customers, was hit yesterday by ransomware. The company is the third major web hosting firm this year that went down because hackers breached their network and encrypted data on customer servers. Read more on ZDNet. In an update yesterday, Duncan Riley...