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Hospital injects $60,000 into crims’ coffers to cure malware infection …

A US hospital paid extortionists roughly $60,000 to end a ransomware outbreak that forced staff to use pencil-and-paper records.

The crooks had infected the network of Hancock Health, in Indiana, with the Samsam software nasty, which scrambled files and demanded payment to recover the documents. The criminals broke in around 9.30pm on January 11 after finding a box with an exploitable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server, and inject their ransomware into connected computers.

Medical IT teams were alerted in early 2016 that hospitals were being targeted by Samsam, although it appears the warnings weren’t heeded in this case.

According to the hospital, the malware spread over the network and was able to encrypt “a number of the hospital’s information systems,” reducing staff to scratching out patient notes on pieces of dead tree.

With flu season well underway in the US state, Hancock Health administrators called in the FBI’s cyber-crime task force, and

Read more at: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/16/us_hospital_ransomware_bitcoin/

Florida man mad over breakup sent explicit photos of woman to her boss, cops say

Giuseppe Garibaldi, 30, was arrested Sunday on charges of sexually cyber harassing a person, extortion, and cyber-stalking, WKMG reports. 

Read more at: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/florida-man-mad-over-breakup-sent-explicit-photos-woman-her-boss-cops-say/zDgTwMuUblIkKTdLcommuI/

Hancock Health gets access to hacked computer systems back after paying ransom


File photo.

File photo.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind.– Officials with Hancock Health paid hackers a ransom to regain access of their computer systems.

Hancock Health says a ransomware attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. The hackers were able to access the system through a hospital server which was using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) service. The hackers got into the server using a compromised administrative account setup by a vendor of the hospital.

They used a variant of ransomware called SamSam, which encrypts data files on the systems and uses a private key to unlock them.

Hospital officials contacted legal representation and involved the FBI’s cyber-crime task force for assistance. Leadership at the hospital decided to pay the ransom of four bitcoin demanded by the hackers to get the encryption keys.

Those four bitcoins were

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2018/01/16/hancock-health-gets-access-to-hacked-computer-systems-back-after-paying-ransom/

Hancock Health gets access to hacked computer systems back after …


File photo.

File photo.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind.– Officials with Hancock Health paid hackers a ransom to regain access of their computer systems.

Hancock Health says a ransomware attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. The hackers were able to access the system through a hospital server which was using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) service. The hackers got into the server using a compromised administrative account setup by a vendor of the hospital.

They used a variant of ransomware called SamSam, which encrypts data files on the systems and uses a private key to unlock them.

Hospital officials contacted legal representation and involved the FBI’s cyber-crime task force for assistance. Leadership at the hospital decided to pay the ransom of four bitcoin demanded by the hackers to get the encryption keys.

Those four bitcoins were

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2018/01/16/hancock-health-gets-access-to-hacked-computer-systems-back-after-paying-ransom/

EUROPP – How coherent is EU cybersecurity policy? – LSE Blogs – EUROPP

Recent security breaches at major companies and cyber-attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware attack have put cybersecurity firmly on the EU’s political agenda. But how coherent an actor is the EU in the field of cybersecurity? Drawing on a recent study, Andre Barrinha and Helena Farrand-Carrapico write that there remains a lack of cohesion in EU cybersecurity policy, with the main responsibilities in cybersecurity governance remaining with the member states. It remains to be seen whether recent events will encourage EU states to cooperate more closely on the issue or whether stronger responses will be pursued by individual states at the national level.

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Cybersecurity is one of the European Union’s top policy priorities. The EU 2016 Global Strategy – adopted

Read more at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/01/16/how-coherent-is-eu-cybersecurity-policy/

How coherent is EU cybersecurity policy? – EUROPP

Recent security breaches at major companies and cyber-attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware attack have put cybersecurity firmly on the EU’s political agenda. But how coherent an actor is the EU in the field of cybersecurity? Drawing on a recent study, Andre Barrinha and Helena Farrand-Carrapico write that there remains a lack of cohesion in EU cybersecurity policy, with the main responsibilities in cybersecurity governance remaining with the member states. It remains to be seen whether recent events will encourage EU states to cooperate more closely on the issue or whether stronger responses will be pursued by individual states at the national level.

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Cybersecurity is one of the European Union’s top policy priorities. The EU 2016 Global Strategy – adopted

Read more at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/01/16/how-coherent-is-eu-cybersecurity-policy/

Who should be responsible for cybersecurity?

The news today is flush with salacious stories of cyber-security breaches, data held hostage in brazen ransomware attacks, and compromised records and consumer information. So too has the fallout become increasingly familiar: broken trust, ruined brands, class-action lawsuits, and prolonged periods of finger pointing.

In September 2017, news broke that consumer credit reporting agency Equifax had suffered a catastrophic breach the preceding May. Hackers gained access to the personal data of nearly 150 million American citizens – roughly two thirds of the country’s population – including full names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth. The swiftly unfolding scandal sent the company’s stock plummeting 33%, a market value loss of approximately ten billion dollars. Currently, three Equifax C-Suite managers are under federal investigation for allegedly dumping stock prior to disclosing the breach.

The digital sphere has always been rife with pathogens. Elk Cloner ravaged Apple IIs by way of contaminated floppy

Read more at: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3248824/data-protection/who-should-be-responsible-for-cybersecurity.html

Cyber-attack shuts down US Regional Hospital’s online system

Cyber-attack shuts down US Regional Hospital’s online system

A cyber-attack that left computer screens at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, USA, with a ransom message for bitcoin has caused the entire network at the hospital to go offline to stop damage to the data of the patients.


After the computers in the hospital started to slow down on the night of Thursday the 11th January, as confirmed by senior vice president Rob Matt to The Republic, the staff knew something was wrong, then a short time later, a message flashed on the screens, letting the staff know that the hacker was holding them to ransom for bitcoin, a virtual currency used for anonymous transactions that is nearly impossible to trace.


Friday afternoon, CEO Steve Long confirmed the ransomware attack was started by a hacker who “attempted to shut down (Hancock Health’s) operations.”


The hospital leaders

Read more at: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/news/cyber-attack-shuts-down-us-regional-hospitals-online-system/article/737077/

Sarahah is the latest app linked to cyber bullying parents need to be aware of

Parents are being warned about this social media app being linked to cyber bullying.

Sarahah has gained a global teen fan base since launching last summer.

The site is named after the Arabic word for honesty.

Originally intended for people to use in the workplace, it encourages anonymous “constructive comments”.

But its anonymity can be the problem as young people are allegedly being targeted with abuse, reports the North Wales Daily Post .

It is said to have over 300 million users and can be used in conjunction with Snapchat.

Emojis on an Apple iPhone 6s

Emojis on an Apple iPhone 6s
(Image: PA)

Users sign up for free either on the website or by downloading the app from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

It claims to help highlight “strengths and areas for improvement” through receiving “honest” feedback, according to its official website.

The NSPCC has

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/sarahah-latest-app-linked-cyber-14161941