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Payouts From Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks

AP reports: The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later, officials in the county southeast...

Unalaska recovers $2.3M after phishing email scam

Hope McKenney reports: More than $2.3 million dollars has been returned to the City of Unalaska, after a nearly two-month federal investigation into a fraudulent financial request. Between May 15 and July 9, the city paid out $2,985,406.10 to a fraudulent bank account as a result of a phishing email scam. The sender of...

Feds: PainMD’s abandoned medical records at risk of being burned, shredded

Brett Kelman reports: Federal and state prosecutors have asked a judge to halt the destruction of thousands of medical records abandoned by PainMD, a Nashville-area pain clinic company that shut down earlier this year in the midst of a fraud investigation. The medical records, which could be evidence against PainMD or important to former patients, are currently...

Western Connecticut Health Network notifying patients that their medical records were in a box that broken open during mailing

Rich Kirby reports: Nuvance Health, which operates the Western Connecticut Health Network, is warning patients that some of their medical records may have been compromised. On Monday, Nuvance released a statement that read in part: “On June 21, 2019, WCHN learned that a box containing medical records that it had sent via the United...

Ransomware crooks hit Synology NAS devices with brute-force password attacks

Liam Tung reports: Taiwan-headquartered storage vendor Synology is warning users to strengthen the passwords to their network attached storage (NAS) after several devices — capable of storing terabytes of data — were encrypted by ransomware. NAS units used by home and small-business users are a juicy target for ransomware attackers, who know they’re packed...