Malware

City of Mount Vernon Government Stops Attempted Cyber Attack-Hack

The City of Mount Vernon has apparently dodged a bullet, when a cyber attack was quickly confined. Here is the statement from Mayor Shawyn Patterson. “Last Friday, the City of Mount Vernon was subject to an attempted cyber-attack which targeted the City’s internal email and cloud storage systems. The isolated breach was quickly confined...

U.S. to Target Crypto Ransomware Payments With Sanctions

Well, this is not exactly what I suggested yesterday on Twitter as a strategy (I suggested that every ransomware group that hits the medical sector should be declared a terrorist organization and put on the Treasury’s sanctioned list), but it could help. Ian Talley and Dustin Volz report: The Biden administration is preparing an...

Cyberattack on Alaska DHSS website includes HIPAA and APIPA breach

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is notifying the public today of a security breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Alaska Personal Information Protection Act (APIPA). This breach was caused by a highly sophisticated cyberattack on DHSS that was first detected in May 2021. Notification...

Free REvil ransomware master decrypter released for past victims

Lawrence Abrams reports: A free master decryptor for the REvil ransomware operation has been released, allowing all victims encrypted before the gang disappeared to recover their files for free. The REvil master decryptor was created by cybersecurity firm Bitdefender in collaboration with a trusted law enforcement partner. While Bitdefender could not share details about how...

Customer Care Giant TTEC Hit By Ransomware

Brian Krebs reports: TTEC, a company used by some of the world’s largest brands to help manage customer support and sales online and over the phone, is dealing with disruptions from a network security incident that appears to be the result of a ransomware attack, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. On Sept. 14, KrebsOnSecurity heard from...

PA: Indian Creek Foundation Provides notification ransomware incident

Indian Creek Foundation provides services to 1,200 youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and Autism. The following is a press release they have issued: SOUDERTON, Pa., Sept. 13, 2021  — On February 6, 2021, ICF discovered that portions of its computer network were infected with malware that encrypted certain systems. ICF promptly took the affected...