Showing Blog Posts: 1–10 of 26 tagged Ransomware

  • EternalBlue Comes Home to Roost, In Baltimore: Will We Learn From Our Mistakes?

    by Tony Kontzer on June 10, 2019

    If there's one thing we don't need at this juncture, it's our own government's cyber weapons being used against us. Yet, it seems that may be what happened in early May when city workers in Baltimore, MD, were greeted by locked screens and messages demanding a ransom to free up hijacked files. According to a New York Times report, the attackers froze computers and shut down email, and perhaps most…

  • From Top to Bottom, State of Cyber Security in Healthcare is a National Concern

    by Tony Kontzer on June 28, 2018

    Given the sensitive nature of healthcare information, and the fact that we have an overarching regulation, HIPAA, that dictates how that data is handled, it would seem safe to assume that cyber security has been established as an ongoing top priority. Yeah, well, about that…it seems that healthcare continues to lag behind most other industries in securing its data, hampered by non-action that…

  • Cyber Attacks on U.S. Cities: The New Norm?

    by RSAC Editorial Team on April 6, 2018

    Many of you likely caught the latest cyber attack that crippled a majority of the city and forced Atlanta into cyber chaos last weekend. This latest attack, on the Southeastern U.S. hub, disabled much of the digital workplace and had some workers reverting to paper and phones. So, is this going to be the new norm in America now? How should cities brace for this sort of attack? Our own Todd…

  • Risk Containment Strategies to Avoid the Next Petya

    by Todd Inskeep on June 30, 2017

    By: Todd Inskeep and Chris Taylor Ransomware has been in the headlines with Petya, like WannaCry before it, spreading rapidly around the globe. If you are not familiar with this week’s news, organizations around the globe suffered another ransomware attack on Tuesday including pharmaceutical companies, Chernobyl radiation detection systems, the Kiev metro, as well as airports and banks. Addressing…

  • The Continued Evolution of Ransomware in APJ

    by Masayoshi Someya on May 29, 2017

    As discussed in my previous article, ransomware was arguably the most notorious cyber threat for businesses in 2016. Ransomware caused severe disruptions to victims in different industries and countries, forcing them to shut down business and, in some cases, pay ransom with the hope of speed recovery. Although malware spam messages that distribute ransomware look rather rudimentary, the actual…

  • Cyber Pearl Harbor, Global Pandemic or Alien Invasion?

    by Todd Inskeep on May 18, 2017

    For over twenty years, experts have warned of a “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” Like the Dec.7, 1941 attack, this cyber-attack would both create tremendous damage and galvanize organizations, particularly in the US, to improve computer and information security. For nearly as long, other experts have spoken against this scenario, positing alternative scenarios and analogies. All-in-all, there’s been a…

  • WannaCry Ransomware: What We Know So Far

    by RSAC Editorial Team on May 16, 2017

    Late in the day on Friday, May 12, a massive ransomware attack hit 200K organizations in 150 countries. The ransomware that has been named “WannaCry,” took advantage of Windows systems that had not yet been updated with Microsoft’s March security patch. Per the ransomware playbook, this attack locked people out of their computers, encrypted files and demanded those impacted pay up to $300 in…

  • Ransomware at The Tipping Point

    by Masayoshi Someya on May 8, 2017

    In the past, we saw malware outbreaks such as LoveBug, SQL Slammer, and DOWNAD, but haven’t seen such an epidemic for almost a decade now. Malware outbreaks were supposed to be a thing of the past. However, 2016 became an unprecedented year in the modern era of cyber security, with the game changer in the name of ransomware. Ransomware is a very different type of cyber threat in the modern era, …

  • Ransomware Gets More Personal Through Mobile

    by Bill Taylor-Mountford on March 24, 2017

    When ransomware took centerstage a few years ago, we failed to anticipate its magnitude and severity. 2016 was the year when ransomware dominated headlines as it exploded to become one of the biggest security wakeup calls for CXOs. That year the FBI estimated that ransomeware could be a $1 billion source of illicit income for cyber criminals, and, a survey by Osterman Research showed that 39…

  • 2017 Security Threats for Healthcare

    by John Humphreys on February 23, 2017

    From the Bon Secours Health System data breach impacting nearly 700,000 individuals to the $17,000 in ransom that Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid hackers, 2016 wasn’t the best year for healthcare security. So what’s in store for 2017? The healthcare industry is always going to be a target for hackers, yet security continues to be a challenge due to the overwhelming volume of security…

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