FBI Probing 2 Hospital Ransomware Attacks; Hackers Remove Health Data | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

By Jessica Davis March 05, 2021 – The FBI is currently investigating at least two separate ransomware incidents: one attack on Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care in New Mexico and another on Allergy Partners care sites in North Carolina.  The hackers have also removed data they previously leaked from the New…

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Data extortion attempts signal new era for ransomware tactics | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

Ransomware has become a fact of life for healthcare organizations over the past half decade or so, but bad actors’ techniques continue to evolve in dangerous new directions – with more and more organizations being targeted not just with encryption but with data extortion attempts. WHY IT MATTERSThat’s according to…

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New ransomware only decrypts victims who join their Discord server | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

A new ransomware called ‘Hog’ encrypts users’ devices and only decrypts them if they join the developer’s Discord server. This week, security researcher MalwareHunterTeam found an in-development decryptor for the Hog Ransomware that requires victims to join their Discord server to decrypt their files. BleepingComputer was later able to find…

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Texas Medicaid subcontractor dumped after data breach in ransomware attack from Russia | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

AUSTIN — A Texas Medicaid subcontractor has been terminated after a data-privacy breach caused by a ransomware attack from Russia last year exposed the personal information of tens of thousands of low-income residents. Also, a spokeswoman for the state’s sprawling health and social services agency has said it was not…

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Don’t Blame the Victim: A Potential Defense for Ransom Payers and Facilitators after OFAC’s Ransomware Sanctions Facilitation Advisory | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

In October 2020, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an “Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments” (the Advisory), putting into writing guidance to reinforce the prohibition of ransom payments by ransomware attack victims to not only the defined class of Specially Designated…

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New-look Ryuk ransomware is now deadlier than ever | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

Ryuk, one of the most prolific and resilient ransomware strains, has taken on new worm-like capabilities, according to security researchers. The ransomware is operated by Russian cybercriminal syndicate Wizard Spider, and has been infecting victims for several years. It’s been on the radar of several cybersecurity agencies, especially since its…

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Hackers demand $1.75M from North Carolina clinic during 6-day ransomware attack  | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

Jackie Drees – Friday, March 5th, 2021 Print  | Email Asheville, N.C.-based Allergy Partners began bringing most of its computer systems back online March 1 following a February ransomware attack on the medical practice, local ABC affiliate WLOS reports.  Hackers infected Allergy Partners’ computer systems with ransomware Feb. 23 and demanded…

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These two unusual versions of ransomware tell us a lot about how attacks are evolving | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

Two newly discovered forms of ransomware with very different traits show just how diverse the world of ransomware has become as more cyber criminals attempt to join in with cyber extortion. Both forms of ransomware emerged in February and have been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Trend Micro –AlumniLocker and…

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Ransomware is now a multi-billion-dollar industry | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

Despite some of the most prolific ransomware operators eithering retiring or being shut down by law enforcement, the sector continues to grow in sophistication and scale. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity company Group-IB, which claims ransomware is now a multi-billion-dollar industry, with the average payout sitting…

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The Ransomware Attack Part 1 – How To Keep The Enemy At The Gates | Lowenstein Sandler LLP | #ransonware | #ransonwareattack

In this episode, Lynda is joined by Bridget Choi, Deputy Counsel and Managing Director of Strategy at Kivu Consulting, and David Anderson, VP within Lockton Insurance’s Cyber Technology Group, to discuss the current state of the cyber insurance market, focusing on ransomware claims. Our guests explain how ransomware attacks happen,…

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