Category Archives: Ransomware

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

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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/

Personal Data Alert: The biggest security breaches of 2017 REVEALED – were YOU affected?

Unfortunetly, it doesn’t seem like these cyber attacks will show any sign of slowing down in 2018.

Worst still, it seems as though no industry is safe.

The below five examples also help illustrate just how widespread and malicious these hacks can sometimes be.

The CIA – Despite being dedicated to securing America’s safety from overseas threats, the CIA themselves fell victim to a cyber attack, with many confidential documents being released on WikiLeaks. They were subsequently criticised for withholding information that could improve the public’s digital security.

Cellebrite – Cellebrite is a company that produces devices that can pull personal data from mobile phones for military and government use. However, the company fell victim to their own game when their external web server was hacked and 900GB of customer information and technical product data was taken.

NHS – Though not targeted specifically at the NHS, the WannaCry Ransomware most notably struck the

Read more at: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/672359/Personal-Data-Alert-cyber-attacks-2017-REVEALED

‘Whatever you are spending on cyber security is not enough’

“Whatever you are spending on cybersecurity is not enough,” Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau told a conference on cyber fraud in University College Cork yesterday.

The conference, Hacking the Human: Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age, heard that cyber fraud is under-reported at both corporate and individual level, and that businesses suffered ransomware attacks such as the NotPetya virus which locks a user’s computer until a ransom is paid to the hackers responsible.

Det Supt Gubbins said few such attacks are reported to the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau.

“Someone came to me after a similar talk to this and said: ‘Actually, I know a couple of companies, they were victims of NotPetya, it’s not widely known, it cost them a lot of money and they are still trying to mediate,’ ” said Det Supt Gubbins after the event.

He said the issue is under-reported globally, and that his appearance

Read more at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/whatever-you-are-spending-on-cyber-security-is-not-enough-465698.html

‘Whatever you are spending on cyber security is not enough’ | Irish …

“Whatever you are spending on cybersecurity is not enough,” Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau told a conference on cyber fraud in University College Cork yesterday.

The conference, Hacking the Human: Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age, heard that cyber fraud is under-reported at both corporate and individual level, and that businesses suffered ransomware attacks such as the NotPetya virus which locks a user’s computer until a ransom is paid to the hackers responsible.

Det Supt Gubbins said few such attacks are reported to the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau.

“Someone came to me after a similar talk to this and said: ‘Actually, I know a couple of companies, they were victims of NotPetya, it’s not widely known, it cost them a lot of money and they are still trying to mediate,’ ” said Det Supt Gubbins after the event.

He said the issue is under-reported globally, and that his appearance

Read more at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/whatever-you-are-spending-on-cyber-security-is-not-enough-465698.html

How to tackle the cyber security skills gap in SA

The sheer scale of our connected, digital world means that the scope for cyber crime has broadened. As each new technology is unveiled, it introduces a new security risk, says Vikas Kapoor, practice head – Cybersecurity GRC at In2IT Technologies.

“South Africa has seen a steady rise in cyber crime, jumping to rank as the 31st most cyber attacked country in the world out of 117 countries. The situation is dire, and not helped by our vast shortage of cyber security skills,” said Kapoor.

“Cyber security professionals are constantly having to play catch up, and the development of cybersecurity skills is simply not keeping pace with digital and technological expansion – a lack which cyber criminals are capitalising on.”

He pointed out that the skills shortage is not confined to South African borders, and countries across the globe face similar challenges.

The highly publicised global security breaches of this past year point to

Read more at: https://businesstech.co.za/news/it-services/219153/how-to-tackle-the-cyber-security-skills-gap-in-sa/

How to tackle the cyber security skills gap in SA – BusinessTech

The sheer scale of our connected, digital world means that the scope for cyber crime has broadened. As each new technology is unveiled, it introduces a new security risk, says Vikas Kapoor, practice head – Cybersecurity GRC at In2IT Technologies.

“South Africa has seen a steady rise in cyber crime, jumping to rank as the 31st most cyber attacked country in the world out of 117 countries. The situation is dire, and not helped by our vast shortage of cyber security skills,” said Kapoor.

“Cyber security professionals are constantly having to play catch up, and the development of cybersecurity skills is simply not keeping pace with digital and technological expansion – a lack which cyber criminals are capitalising on.”

He pointed out that the skills shortage is not confined to South African borders, and countries across the globe face similar challenges.

The highly publicised global security breaches of this past year point to

Read more at: https://businesstech.co.za/news/it-services/219153/how-to-tackle-the-cyber-security-skills-gap-in-sa/