Tag: Government

Hackers Hit 70 Percent of D.C. Police Camera Network

Hackers reportedly infected 70 percent of storage devices that record and host data from District of Columbia police surveillance cameras. The cybercriminals allegedly infected the devices a little over a week before the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. The D.C. department was forced to carry out a major reinstall process for all infected devices, … More

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State Hackers Suspected in Hacks Against Czech Politicians

Suspected state-sponsored hackers launched cyberattacks against the email accounts of a number of Czech politicians, including Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek. The Czech foreign minister said the Foreign Ministry’s communication systems were not affected and no classified data was exposed. However, Zaoralek did confirm that the attackers stole large amounts of files. The investigators claim the … More

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Texas Police Office Loses Data over Ransomware Attack

A police department in Cockrell Hill, Texas lost eight years of digital evidence and other data after its systems were hit by a ransomware attack. The Texas police department was hit by a ransomware attack in December 2016, according to reports. The Cockrell Hill office refused to pay the ransom of $4,000 worth in Bitcoin … More

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Ohio County Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cybercriminals targeted the computer systems of Licking County government in Ohio with ransomware forcing the network offline. The ransomware reportedly infected Licking County’s network, websites, phones and computer systems. The county government discovered the attack on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Officials shut off all eligible servers to prevent the ransomware from spreading and preserve county … More

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UK’s Tiverton Town Council Hit by Ransomware

Hackers hit the systems of Tiverton Town Council in the United Kingdom with ransomware and demanded £3,000, or approximately $3,750, to unlock the encrypted files. The cybercriminals sent a Council clerk a spear-phishing email that contained the ransomware payload. The phishing email alleged to be from a parcel delivery firm, according to reports. The email … More

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Norway Accuses Russian Hackers of Phishing Attacks

The Norwegian Police Security Service claims multiple government agencies were hit with phishing attacks carried out by a foreign intelligence cyber group. Norwegian officials reportedly believe the Russian intelligence-backed group Cozy Bear, also known as APT29, is responsible for the cyberattacks. Email accounts belonging to members of the Norwegian Labor Party, defense and foreign ministries … More

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Hackers Breach Taiwanese Government’s Email System

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau disclosed a widespread breach to its email system that may have compromised the data of Taiwanese nationals. Officials with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) discovered suspicious activity on its email system that connects 117 Taiwanese offices around the world, according to reports. BOCA … More

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Illinois Police Department Hit by Ransomware

Cybercriminals targeted the computer systems of the Roxana Police Department in Illinois with ransomware. The police department has not disclosed the extent of the ransomware infection within its computer system or the number of files that were encrypted. Roxana officials have also not confirmed the extortion amount, or if the department had backups to recover … More

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Hackers Repeatedly Target UK Government

The Director of the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Ciaran Martin said the British government is increasingly hit by high-level cyberattacks. Martin told reporters the UK government was hit by 188 critical cyberattacks in the last three months that “threatened national security.” He confirmed some of the attacks against government systems were orchestrated … More

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Russian Hacker Targets Universities, Government Agencies

Researchers discovered a Russian hacker, who uses the handle Rasputin, has launched cyberattacks against at least 60 organizations, including universities and government agencies. Rasputin is well-known for attacks against the U.S. Electoral Assistance Commission in December 2016. The hacker reportedly stole the commission’s database and put the information up for sale on a Darknet marketplace. … More

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