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Arkansas School District Hit by Ransomware Attack

Valley Springs School District in Arkansas acknowledged its systems were locked out by a recent ransomware attack. The hackers allegedly demanded £7,000, or approximately $8,500 worth, to unlock the school district’s encrypted systems. Superintendent Judy Green notified staff of the ransomware attack that locked the system. Green said the Arkansas school district will not pay … More

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New Ransomware Targets Industrial Systems

A group of researchers successfully created a malware variant of ransomware that can infect core industrial and infrastructure systems. The Georgia Institute of Technology researchers custom built a ransomware strain to attack a simulated water treatment plant, according to reports. The researchers wanted to underscore vulnerabilities in the systems used by the critical infrastructure, industrial … More

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Elasticsearch Users Targeted with Ransomware

Researchers warn users of a ransomware campaign targeting organizations that use the open source Elasticsearch search engine for internal logging purposes. The cybercriminals behind the strain of ransomware attacks appear to be affiliated with the group responsible for the recent MongoDB attacks, according to reports. The Elasticsearch search engine is reportedly used for in-house monitoring … More

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Bingham County Hit by Ransomware Attack

The computer systems of Bingham County government in Idaho were hit by a ransomware attack. Cybercriminals infected the county’s computer systems with ransomware on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The ransomware attack forced the systems of multiple county departments completely offline, according to reports. The attackers allegedly demanded $25,000 to $30,000 in Bitcoin to unlock the … More

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Ransomware Locks Systems of St. Louis Public Library

Cybercriminals targeted the public library in St. Louis with ransomware, which impacted 700 computers in 16 locations across the city. The ransomware attack reportedly affected the library’s daily operations and prevented customers from checking out books or accessing the Web. The email system for the library’s staff was also impacted and inaccessible, according to reports. … More

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Android Ransomware Requires Victims Speak Code

Cybercriminals are spreading a new strain of Android ransomware that requires victims to speak code to unlock their mobile device. The latest version of Android.Lockdroid.E reportedly contains third-party APIs speech recognition that has the ability to listen to the victim, according to the researchers. The malware reportedly locks the Android user out of the device … More

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New Sage Ransomware Found in the Wild

Researchers discovered a second version of Sage ransomware in the wild, which is used by the same cybercriminals who spread Locky, Cerber and Spora variants. A researcher, Brad Duncan, reportedly discovered Sage 2.0 ransomware in spam campaigns that lacked sophisticated social engineering techniques. The cybercriminals are allegedly spreading spam emails to victims without a subject … More

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New Mac Malware Strain Spreads Via Torrents

A new Mac OS X ransomware strain, dubbed “Patcher,” leverages BitTorrent distribution sites to spread the malware to victims’ devices. The attackers rely on victims wishing to download patcher software from torrent sites to update their device or a specific software, according to reports. The attackers’ patcher is allegedly placed in a ZIP file that … More

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Charger Ransomware Infiltrated Google Play Store

Researchers discovered a malicious application that contained an Android ransomware known as Charger on the Google Play Store. The cybercriminals reportedly hid the ransomware variant within an application called EnergyRescue, which purported to have battery-saving functionality. However, the malicious application had the capability to steal the victim’s SMS messages and contact list by sending the … More

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Hackers Target MySQL Servers with Ransomware

A researcher discovered hackers are now attacking and hijacking MySQL servers using ransomware. The hackers are deleting the content databases hosted in MySQL servers and replacing the information with a ransom demand of 0.2 Bitcoin or approximately $240 worth, according to reports. The researcher found attackers are using brute-force attacks to target Internet-facing MySQL servers. … More

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