State senators beat ransomware with backup
Earlier this week, ransomware infected a state legislative party organization for the first time, according to a story on the Huffington Post. The virus prevented 16 Democratic Senators and their staff from accessing their files, email and internet, and put data related to grants and constituents at risk. The attackers demanded a ransom payment to remove the virus. Fortunately for the Pennsylvania Democrats, they were protected. “We’ll be able to fall back upon the backup,” said State Senator Jay Costa, who believes that a majority of the data is recoverable.
CryptoLocker returns targeting Europe
After a quiet ending to 2016, CryptoLocker also known as TorrentLocker and Teerac, resurfaced with a bang, targeting Europe and the U.S. toward the end of January 2017. The resurgence spread from just a handful of ransomware attacks per day to nearly 100 and then to over 400 instances on some occasions. Researchers at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center confirm increased activity on European countries, especially in Italy where Certified Electronic Email delivered SPAM emails posing as invoices. This serves as a reminder to constantly remain vigilant and scan your content before clicking any links.
Experts find ransomware now hitting infrastructure targets
Experts at the RSA Cybersecurity conference worry that ransomware will be aimed at critical infrastructure in the near future. A recent example of an Austrian hotel that was attacked with ransomware, resulted in hotel guests getting locked our of their rooms. While this is still on a smaller scale, it showcases the possible manipulations to technology that could affect people on a larger scale. “Bottom line, it’s getting worse out there, and it will continue to do so,” said Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy at SentinelOne. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are already inspecting the vulnerability of industrial controls to ransomware.
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