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Crypto-Locking Malware Hits Atlanta, Baltimore, Boeing Plus, How WikiLeaks Got Taken for a Ride by Russian Intelligence
Crypto-Locking Malware Hits Atlanta, Baltimore, Boeing
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)

Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Ransomware hits Atlanta city systems, Baltimore's 911 system and apparently also aviation giant Boeing.

In this report, you'll hear (click on player beneath image to listen):

  • Ransomware crypto-locks big-name victims: Recent ransomware victims have included Baltimore, resulting in the city's 911 emergency system being down for 17 hours last weekend. Boeing suffered a malware infection that a leaked memo says was WannaCry ransomware. And the city of Atlanta is still struggling to get all systems back online after suffering an apparent SamSam ransomware outbreak on March 22, accompanied by a $51,000 ransom demand (see Atlanta After Ransomware Attack: Please Restart Your PC).
  • Follow the bitcoins: ISMG Executive Editor Jeremy Kirk describes new research into the economy and infrastructure of bitcoin. Researchers tracked cryptocurrency ransoms paid by Cerber, Locky and other victims over a two-year period (see Ransomware Payments: Where Have All the Bitcoins Gone?).
  • HIPAA overhaul possible: The HIPAA regulation may soon see some changes, says ISMG Executive Editor Marianne Magee. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights are reviewing three key HIPAA policy initiatives (see OCR Considering HIPAA Privacy Rule, Enforcement Changes).
  • Russia takes WikiLeaks for a ride: Alan Woodward, a University of Surrey computer professor, says there's a growing body of evidence suggesting that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks - and by extension, its founder Julian Assange - as an unwitting stooge in its attempt to meddle in the U.S. political process (see Julian Assange Gets Another Internet Timeout).

The ISMG Security Report appears on this and other ISMG websites on Fridays. Don't miss the March 16 and March 23 editions, which respectively analyze the Trump administration finally imposing sanctions on Russians for election interference, and U.S. lawmakers telling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that they will expect him to testify about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Theme music for the ISMG Security Report is by Ithaca Audio under a Creative Commons license.




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