Ransomware Takes Iowa Grain Co-op Offline

The ransomware gang BlackMatter launched an attack on Iowa-based agricultural services provider NEW Cooperative which forced the company to take its operations offline. News of the attack began to circulate on Twitter on September 20, as details emerged of a … Continue Reading

Ransomware Hits Arizona Healthcare Provider

The sleepy bedroom community of Queen Creek, Arizona is nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert at the extreme edges of Greater Phoenix. This quiet suburb is set up for families, and offers easy access to other parts of … Continue Reading

Hackers Target Third-Party Health Affiliates

Cybercrime that targets hospitals and other healthcare providers has continued to grow in frequency in 2021, but criminals have begun to shift the focus of their attacks, according to a new report on healthcare data breaches by Critical Insight. Instead … Continue Reading

BazaCall Ransomware Targets Office 365 Users

Back in June, Microsoft 365 Threat Intelligence Unit announced that it had uncovered an unusual ransomware campaign. The ransomware in question, dubbed BazaCall, involved not just infected files but human operators to facilitate the deception. Microsoft users were urged to … Continue Reading

Rising USB-Borne Cyberattacks Raise Concerns

Portable USB storage drives give users a convenient way to move data between work and home, as well as among computers within an organization. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when stay-at-home protocols forced organizations to shift … Continue Reading

Portrait of a LockBit Ransomware Operator

What comes to mind when you think about the perpetrators behind ransomware attacks? A well-organized underground network of arch-villains bent on chaos and wanton destruction? A loose affiliation of disaffected computer geniuses taking advantage of individuals and organizations to demonstrate … Continue Reading

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Task Force Seeks Framework for Ransomware Defense

The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) announced this week the creation of a Ransomware Task Force (RTF) to address what it called an “increasingly prevalent and destructive type of cybercrime.” The RTF brings together experts in industry, government, law … Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks on Health Sector Escalate

Our doctors and nurses stand on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. They risk their own health to keep us well and to contain the spread of a virus we still know so little about. But the information … Continue Reading

Largest Ransomware Attack on Hospital

Cyberattack on Hospital May Be Largest in US History

Yet another healthcare facility has fallen victim to a cyberattack in a year where data breaches and ransomware have run rampant. Universal Health Services (UHS), an organization that provides hospital and healthcare services, experienced computer system failure starting on Sunday … Continue Reading

Secure USB F;ash Drives in IT Environments

Portable Media Needs Stricter Security in IT Environments

Flash drives make transferring and sharing files a convenient process for corporate offices, information technology (IT) departments, and operational technology (OT) environments. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for cybercriminals to access sensitive data and install ransomware on a computer … Continue Reading