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  1. US declares state of emergency after ransomware hits largest pipeline After a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline forced the company to shut down 5,500 miles of fuel pipeline, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regional emergency declaration affecting 17 states and the District of Columbia. The declaration aims to provide assistance to areas in need of an immediate supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products. Relaxed rules for fuel transport The states and jurisdictions affected by the pi
  2. DC Police confirms cyberattack after ransomware gang leaks data The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that they suffered a cyberattack after the Babuk ransomware gang leaked screenshots of stolen data. The Metropolitan Police Department, also known as the DC Police or MPD, is the primary law enforcement agency for Washington, DC, the US capital. In a statement to BleepingComputer, the DC Police stated that they are aware of a breached server and that the FBI is investigating the matter. "We are aware of unauthorized access on our
  3. Massive Qlocker ransomware attack uses 7zip to encrypt QNAP devices A massive ransomware campaign targeting QNAP devices worldwide is underway, and users are finding their files now stored in password-protected 7zip archives. The ransomware is called Qlocker and began targeting QNAP devices on April 19th, 2021. Since then, there has been an enormous amount of activity in our support forum, and ID-Ransomware has seen a surge of submissions from victims. ID-R submissions from Qlocker victims According to reports from victims in a Bl
  4. Hackers Demand $40M in Ransom From Florida School District District officials say they have no intention of paying the ransom Hackers left district leaders stunned when they broke into systems belonging to Broward County Public Schools and encrypted district data in a recent ransomware attack. The criminals attempted to collect a $40 million ransom and threatened to erase files and post students' and employees' personal information online if the money was not paid. Officials with Broward County Public, one of the nation's largest school districts
  5. Rockets fend off cyberattacks on internal systems Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. and foward Kelly Olynyk were able to celebrate on Wednesday with a win over the Mavericks. Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer The Rockets intercepted an attempt by cyberattackers to install ransomware in their internal systems and while confident most systems have not been compromised, the team has launched an investigation with cybersecurity experts and the FBI. The Rockets in a statement said the attack has not impacted operations or compromised i
  6. Cyber-Attack Shutters Half of Tasmania’s Casinos Two of Tasmania's four casinos have been forced to close their doors following a cyber-attack. Threat actors struck the Australian island state's sole casino operator Federal Group with ransomware on April 3. The attack affected hotel booking systems in the company's Wrest Point and Country Club venues, sited in Sandy Bay and Launceston, respectively. The venues' slot machines, known as pokies in Tasmania, were also impacted and hav
  7. Supermarkets cheesed off after dairy supplier is hacked Photo: Depositphotos.com A shortage of cheese in Albert Heijn supermarkets after the supplier was hacked will soon be resolved, delivery company Bakker Logistiek has told the Telegraaf. The hack took place last Monday and took down the order system, forcing the company to return to pen and paper to process orders and regulate stocks, the Telegraaf reported. Director Toon Verhoeven told the paper the company had been attacked by ransomware but declined to give any further details.
  8. Leading cosmetics group Pierre Fabre hit with $25 million ransomware attack Leading French pharmaceutical group Pierre Fabre suffered a REvil ransomware attack where the threat actors initially demanded a $25 million ransom, BleepingComputer learned today. Pierre Fabre is the second largest pharmaceutical group in France and the second largest dermo-cosmetics laboratory globally. With over 10,000 worldwide, Pierre Fabre developers a wide variety of products ranging from chemotherapy drugs to skincare products. Last week, Pierre Fabre announced t
  9. Ransomware Cleanup Costs Scottish Agency $1.1 Million Conti Ransomware Gang Hit Scottish Environment Protection Agency on Christmas Eve Pressure tactics: After SEPA refused to pay the Conti ransomware operation's ransom, the gang leaked stolen data on its dedicated data leak site. How much does it cost to recover from a Conti ransomware gang's attack? For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, so far the cleanup from a December 2020 attack has cost nearly 790,000 pounds ($1.1 million), according to figures obtained by the BBC under freedom of
  10. Asteelflash electronics maker hit by REvil ransomware attack Asteelflash, a leading French electronics manufacturing services company, has suffered a cyberattack by the REvil ransomware gang who is demanding a $24 million ransom. Asteelflash is a world-leading French electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in the design, engineering, and printing of printed circuit boards. While Asteelflash has not publicly disclosed an attack, BleepingComputer found this week a sample of the REvil ransomware that allowed access to the
  11. Harris Federation hit by ransomware attack affecting 50 schools The IT systems and email servers of London-based nonprofit multi-academy trust Harris Federation were taken down by a ransomware attack on Saturday. Harris Federation is an education charity running 50 Harris primary and secondary academies with 37,000 students from London and surrounding areas. IT, phone, and email systems are down The attack hit the school trust's systems over the weekend on Saturday, March 27, and led to the compromise and encryption of Harris Federation's IT system
  12. Retailer Fat Face Pays $2 Million Ransom to Conti Gang News Follows 'Private and Confidential' Breach Notification Fat Face Sent to Victims Conti ransom note (Source: Sophos) Left unsaid in Fat Face's "strictly private and confidential" data breach notification to affected customers this week was any indication that the U.K.-based clothing and accessory retailer had paid a $2 million ransom to unlock its systems (see: British Clothing Retailer Fat Face Discloses Data Breach). But as Computer Weekly reported on Friday, based on details of the ranso
  13. Payroll giant PrismHR outage likely caused by ransomware attack Leading payroll company PrismHR is suffering a massive outage after suffering a cyberattack this weekend that looks like a ransomware attack from conversations with customers. PrismHR is an online payroll, benefits, and human resources platform used by Professional employer organizations (PEO). PEOs use this platform to provide payroll, HR, and benefits services to their clients, commonly small and medium-sized businesses. PrismHR is a massive business services company servicing ove
  14. Finnish IT giant TietoEVRY discloses ransomware attack Finnish IT services giant TietoEVRY has suffered a ransomware attack that forced them to disconnect clients' services. TietoEVRY is a Finnish software development and IT services company that employs 24,000 people throughout 80 countries. The company earned €2.95 billion in revenue for 2019. On Monday, TietoEVRY experienced technical issues for 25 customers in the retail, manufacturing, and service-related industries, which was later learned to be caused by a ransomware attack. A
  15. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification giant hit by ransomware UL LLC, better known as Underwriters Laboratories, has suffered a ransomware attack that encrypted its servers and caused them to shut down systems while they recover. UL is the largest and oldest safety certification company in the United States, with 14,000 employees and offices in over 40 countries. If you have ever looked at the back of an electric appliance, laptop, TV remote, lightbulb, or even your Apple USB charger, the UL logo imprinted on the device is instantly recog
  16. Eye Care Practice: Vendor Paid Ransom for Return of Data Hackers Stole Patient and Employee Data of 2 Healthcare Organizations A California-based eye care provider – which also handles billing and other administrative services for a separate local surgery practice – says its online storage vendor was recently hit by hackers and paid a ransom for the return of patient data stolen from both entities. In a statement, Harvard Eye Associates says its unnamed storage vendor – "after consulting with cybersecurity experts and the FBI" – decided to pay t
  17. US cities disclose data breaches after vendor's ransomware attack A ransomware attack against the widely used payment processor ATFS has sparked data breach notifications from numerous cities and agencies within California and Washington. Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS) is used by many cities and agencies in Washington and other US states as a payment processor and address verification service. As the data is used for billing and verifying customers and residents is wide and varied, this attack could have a massive and widespread impact.
  18. Chatham County rejects $2.4M cyberattack ransom. Sensitive files posted to Internet An investigation into October’s cyber attack on Chatham County’s computer network has uncovered personal information posted for sale on the “dark web.” The network was hit Oct. 28 with a DoppelPaymer ransomware that originated in a phishing email with a malicious attachment, County Manager Dan LaMontagne said. It encrypted much of the county’s network infrastructure and associated business systems, the county said in a news release. Staff was able to isolate the affected systems.
  19. French MNH health insurance company hit by RansomExx ransomware French health insurance company Mutuelle Nationale des Hospitaliers (MNH) has suffered a ransomware attack that has severely disrupted the company's operations. BleepingComputer has learned. MNH is the first mutual insurance company in France to provide health insurance services, and plans focused on the health sector. The company's website is used by members to generate insurance quotes or to manage services and benefits. Since the attack, the mnh.fr website displays a
  20. Packaging giant WestRock revealed this week that the recent ransomware attack impacted the company’s IT and operational technology (OT) systems. American corrugated packaging company WestRock announced at the end of January that it was the victim of a ransomware attack that impacted its information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems. WestRock did not share details about the security incident, it only confirmed that its staff discovered the attack on January 23. The company reported the ransomware attack to law enforcement and notified its custom
  21. Mortgage loan servicing company discloses ransomware attack to multiple states A “sale pending” sign is displayed in front of a home for sale in San Rafael, California. Mortgage loan servicing company SN Servicing Corporation was hit by a ransomware attack on its systems, with billing statements and fee notices to customers compromised. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Mortgage loan servicing company SN Servicing Corporation notified at least two states in recent weeks of a ransomware attack on its systems. Filings submitt
  22. Trucking company Forward Air said its ransomware incident cost it $7.5 million Even if the company recovered from the ransomware attack, the incident left a mark on its Q4 2020 bottom line. Image: Forward Air Trucking and freight transportation logistics company Forward Air said a recent ransomware attack left a dent of $7.5 million in its Q4 financial results. The sum was described as a loss of revenue from its LTL (less-than-load) trucking business and not costs incurred from dealing with the incident. The losses stemmed "primarily b
  23. Netgain ransomware incident impacts local governments The ransomware incident that Netgain, a provider of managed IT services, had late last year rippled onto its customers. Now, Ramsey County, Minnesota, is informing clients of the Family Health Division program that the hackers may have accessed personal data. The government of Ramsey County learned about the potential breach on December 2, 2020, when Netagin let them know of the attack and the impact it could have. Thousands of clients affected "Netgain determined that the ransomware incident af
  24. Serco confirms Babuk ransomware attack Outsourcing firm was hit by the ransomware last week but insists most of its operations are running as normal Outsourcing giant Serco has confirmed that parts of its infrastructure in mainland Europe have been hit by a double extortion ransomware attack from the emergent Babuk group, but the parts of its operation relating to the NHS Test and Trace programme are unaffected. The Babuk gang claimed the attack on Thursday 25 October, according to information shared with Computer Weekly, but Serco did not publicly ack
  25. Ransomware Disrupts Operations at Packaging Giant WestRock Incident is another reminder of how vulnerable OT environments are to attack, security experts say. Operations at $17 billion packaging firm WestRock were disrupted Saturday by a ransomware attack that impacted both its IT and operational technology (OT) networks. The attack has already caused, and will likely continue to cause, delays in some parts of the company's business, WestRock announced on Monday, without offering any details regarding the nature of the attack or the disruptions. "We are
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