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Hancock Health gets access to hacked computer systems back after …


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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 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/

Cyber criminals exploit Oracle WebLogic flaw – Computer Weekly

A cyber criminal campaign is deploying Monero cryptocurrency miners on hundreds of victims’ machines by exploiting a flaw in unpatched versions of Oracle’s Fusion Middleware, security researchers have warned.

Top 10 cyber crime stories of 2017 – Computer Weekly

Without a doubt, the most significant cyber crime related stories in 2017 were about the first global cyber attacks from WannaCry and NotPetya, which for many individuals and organisations, made the cyber threat real. The potential effect of cyber attacks was graphically illustrated by the impact of WannaCry on the NHS and NotPetya on Danish shipping giant Maersk.

Botnets: How your computer might secretly be doing the work of international criminals

Your computer or router looks innocent enough. But it could be taking part in international crime without your knowledge.

That’s if it is being used in a botnet, or a collection of computers that have had malicious software installed on them that allows someone to direct them as a group from afar. Security experts say that botnets are one of the many dangers that are posed to computers and their owners – and the opportunities to use them are growing all the time.

The problem of botnets was highlighted this week when multiple law enforcement agencies announced they had shut down the Andromeda botnet. That constellation of computers, spread all around the world, were being collectively controlled and put to work doing criminal tasks for their masters.

The shutdown brings an end to one of the most prevalent, damaging botnets. But it highlights the sinister behaviour of such tools –

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/botnets-security-cyber-andromeda-how-to-stay-safe-update-computer-internet-of-things-a8099996.html

Liverpool computer hacker admits cyber crime attacks on Skype and Google

A Liverpool computer hacker has been warned he could face jail after admitting a series of cyber crime offences including online attacks on Skype, Google and Pokemon.

Alex Bessell from Aigburth pleaded guilty to nine offences in all , including receiving £50,000 from the proceeds of a website he set up to sell malware and botnets to others.

The 21-year-old from Allington Street appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today.

He admitted carrying out two distributed denial of service attacks between August 2011 and November 2013, by taking over computers in order to crash the targets’ online operations.

Bessell also admitted gaining unauthorised access to data with intent to facilitate fraud by obtaining 750 usernames and passwords.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to build the Galaxy JDB hacking tool and supplying it to others for use.

Bessell also admitted

Read more at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-computer-hacker-admits-cyber-13992971

Liverpool computer hacker admits cyber crime attacks on Skype and …

A Liverpool computer hacker has been warned he could face jail after admitting a series of cyber crime offences including online attacks on Skype, Google and Pokemon.

Alex Bessell from Aigburth pleaded guilty to nine offences in all , including receiving £50,000 from the proceeds of a website he set up to sell malware and botnets to others.

The 21-year-old from Allington Street appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today.

He admitted carrying out two distributed denial of service attacks between August 2011 and November 2013, by taking over computers in order to crash the targets’ online operations.

Bessell also admitted gaining unauthorised access to data with intent to facilitate fraud by obtaining 750 usernames and passwords.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to build the Galaxy JDB hacking tool and supplying it to others for use.

Bessell also admitted

Read more at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-computer-hacker-admits-cyber-13992971

Use Computer Security Day to strengthen business resilience – Mail …

ContinuitySA

ContinuitySA is Africa’s leading provider of business continuity management and resilience services to public and private organisations. Delivered by highly skilled experts, its fully managed services include ICT resilience, enterprise risk management, work area recovery and BCM advisory – all designed to enhance business resilience in an age of escalating threat. By helping clients understand their risk profile, and then develop an appropriate risk-mitigation strategy, ContinuitySA provides peace of mind for all stakeholders.

ContinuitySA operates the continent’s biggest network of recovery centres, with more than 20 000m2 of space in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), the Western Cape (Tyger Valley), in KwaZulu-Natal (Mount Edgecombe) as well in Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Mauritius.

ContinuitySA is a Gold Partner of the Business Continuity Institute and was inducted into the prestigious BCI Hall of Fame in 2016.

ContinuitySA. Our business is keeping you in business.

[1] Bill Laberis, “20 Eye-opening cybercrime statistics”, Security Intelligence, 14 November 2016, available

Read more at: http://pressoffice.mg.co.za/ContinuitySA/PressRelease.php?StoryID=280220

Use Computer Security Day to strengthen business resilience

ContinuitySA

ContinuitySA is Africa’s leading provider of business continuity management and resilience services to public and private organisations. Delivered by highly skilled experts, its fully managed services include ICT resilience, enterprise risk management, work area recovery and BCM advisory – all designed to enhance business resilience in an age of escalating threat. By helping clients understand their risk profile, and then develop an appropriate risk-mitigation strategy, ContinuitySA provides peace of mind for all stakeholders.

ContinuitySA operates the continent’s biggest network of recovery centres, with more than 20 000m2 of space in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), the Western Cape (Tyger Valley), in KwaZulu-Natal (Mount Edgecombe) as well in Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Mauritius.

ContinuitySA is a Gold Partner of the Business Continuity Institute and was inducted into the prestigious BCI Hall of Fame in 2016.

ContinuitySA. Our business is keeping you in business.

[1] Bill Laberis, “20 Eye-opening cybercrime statistics”, Security Intelligence, 14 November 2016, available

Read more at: http://pressoffice.mg.co.za/ContinuitySA/PressRelease.php?StoryID=280220

Computer hackers managed to hack into Dundee council IT system three times

Computer hackers have launched three successful cyber attacks on Dundee City Council IT systems in the last three years.

Figures obtained by the Tele revealed the local authority’s systems were hit by malicious software in May and June 2015 and in September 2016.

All three attacks took the form of “ransomware”, which encrypts computer files and demands a financial payment in order to retrieve the files affected.

The attacks were carried out by email – sent as either a link or a malicious attachment.

The council said that its intrusion detection and prevention systems were under “constant attack” as often as hundreds or thousands of times every day but declined to comment on how the successful attacks had affected its systems.

The local authority has spent almost £500,000 to bolster security measures in the last five years, including £107,000 so far in 2017/18.

Such software is often bought on a multi-year licence and is required to

Read more at: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/computer-hackers-managed-hack-dundee-council-system-three-times/