Tag: ransomware

Fare collection systems, email and other critical systems used by San Francisco's transit agency were crippled by an outbreak of ransomware over the weekend, the agency confirmed. (Image courtesy of SFMTA.)

Ransomware Used Against Muni Known As Harsh, Virulent

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend, disrupting a number of agency computer systems including email, the MTA said in a statement on Sunday. And security experts say that the ransomware used has a reputation for virulence. Computer terminals observed at MTA (or “Muni”) stations displayed a message that read, in part, “You Hacked. All Data Encrypted” over the weekend, paralyzing toll collection operations and forcing the MTA to open its turnstiles and let the public ride for free. According to a report by The San Francisco Examiner claims that the ransomware thieves have infected more than 2,000 of the agency’s 8,000 computers, affecting not only fare collection, but also systems that assign routes to bus drivers. The thieves are demanding $73,000 in ransom, paid in bitcoin. In a statement on Sunday, San Francisco MTA said that the attack “disrupted some of our […]

A new report by Symantec finds a sharp increase in the number of ransomware families and new, targeted attacks against organizations.

REPORT: 2015 Sees Big Jump in Ransomware Attacks

In-brief: 2015 was a record year for ransomware, according to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report. There’s evidence that cyber criminals are coupling ransomware with sophisticated, targeted attacks. 

Two U.S. Senators are requesting information about the government's experience with ransomware - asking whether Uncle Sam has paid ransoms to get data back.

Updated: Vulnerability on 3m Systems Could Spread Ransomware To Schools

In-brief: Researchers at Cisco Systems said that they had identified more than 3 million “at risk” application servers running a vulnerable component that has been linked to ransomware infections. More than 1,600 of those systems have already been compromised, including many school libraries. Updated to add comment from Follett Corp. PFR 4/18/2016

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Updated: More Hospitals Felled by Ransomware

In-brief: Hospitals in Kentucky and California were the victims of ransomware early this week – more evidence of a sustained campaign of extortion malware attacks. (Editor’s note: This story was updated to include comment from affected hospitals. – PFR March 24, 2016)

The FBI warned about business email compromise attacks, which have cost businesses in the U.S. an estimated $1.6 billion since 2013.

FBI: Beware of Full Network Ransomware

In-brief: the FBI has issued an alert warning of ransomware attacks that attempt to encrypt an organization’s entire network. But has anything changed?