Aluminum giant Norsk Hydro has been hit by LockerGoga ransomware, which was apparently distributed to endpoints by hackers using the company's own Active Directory services against it. To help safeguard others, security experts have called on Hydro to release precise details of how it was hit.
Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminum producers, has been hit by a crypto-locking ransomware attack that began at one of its U.S. plants and has disrupted some global operations. A Norwegian cybersecurity official said the ransomware strain may be LockerGoga.
A ransomware attack last fall on a company that provides billing and other business services to health plans and hospitals resulted in a breach affecting more than 600,000 individuals, according to Michigan state officials. But what makes breach determination in ransomware attacks so difficult?
Officials in Jackson County, Georgia, along with the FBI are investigating a ransomware attack that crippled IT systems over a two-week period and reportedly led local officials to pay a bitcoin ransom worth $400,000 to restore systems and infrastructure.
A rush by some media outlets to attribute a late-2018 alleged Ryuk ransomware infection at Tribune Publishing to North Korean attackers appears to have been erroneous, as many security experts warned at the time. Rather, cybercrime gangs appear to be using Ryuk, according to researchers at McAfee and Coveware.
Good news for many victims of GandCrab: There's a new, free decryptor available from the No More Ransom portal that will unlock systems that have been crypto-locked by the latest version of the notorious, widespread ransomware. But the ransomware gang appears to already be prepping a new version.
Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.
Criminals wielding crypto-locking ransomware - especially Dharma/CrySiS, GandCrab and Global Imposter, but also SamSam - continue to attack. Insurance firm Beazley says cyber claims for ransomware have increased in recent months, with the healthcare sector hardest hit.
A tale of two different ransomware victims' responses: One Connecticut city says it had little choice but to pay a ransom to restore crypto-locked systems. But a North Carolina water utility hit separately says that rather than bow to criminals' demands, it will rebuild affected systems and databases.
A Canadian home healthcare provider says it was able to recover from a recent ransomware attack without paying a ransom, but it had to revert to manual processes for several days. The incident illustrates the value of being well prepared to deal with cyberattacks.
Scotland's Arran Brewery fell victim to a Dharma Bip ransomware attack that infected its Windows domain controller and crypto-locked files and local backups, leading to the loss of three months' worth of sales data. The brewery refused to pay the attackers' two bitcoin ransom demand.
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