Is ransomware the coronavirus of the cyber world?

The coronavirus is an epidemic in the world today. Ransomware is an epidemic in the cyber world today. We are told that, if we start using better personal hygiene -- like washing our hands -- we can help minimize the risk of the nasty coronavirus. If nothing else positive comes from this epidemic, hopefully, the … Continue reading Is ransomware the coronavirus of the cyber world?

Healthcare Providers – Are You Prepared for Hackers to Tell Your Patients About Your Ransomware and Data Breach?

If you are a healthcare provider, you need to prepare yourself now for the new reality that, when hackers get into your network, they will contact your patients to put pressure on you to pay their ransom demands — usually after they have encrypted your network. Here is an example from a recent case that … Continue reading Healthcare Providers – Are You Prepared for Hackers to Tell Your Patients About Your Ransomware and Data Breach?

Ransomware + Publicize Victim Companies + Expose Stolen Data = Bad Cyber Extortion Trifecta

Cybercriminals are using a bad cyber extortion trifecta of (1) using ransomware to encrypt victim companies' data, (2) publicizing the names of those companies that don't pay up, and (3) then exposing the data they stole from the companies. This is bad stuff and companies had better be ready to protect themselves. Read more: Ransomware … Continue reading Ransomware + Publicize Victim Companies + Expose Stolen Data = Bad Cyber Extortion Trifecta

Was the ransomware attack on 20+ Texas local governments an attack on a single service provider? [UPDATE: YES!]

The Texas local governments attack seems to me to be more akin to the trend we have been seeing in 2019 with attackers targeting one MSP and then using that access and the MSP’s tools to attack / encrypt the MSP’s individual clients. If I’m not mistaken (and, I could be), the Texas DIR often … Continue reading Was the ransomware attack on 20+ Texas local governments an attack on a single service provider? [UPDATE: YES!]

***URGENT*** MEMO TO “THE IT GUY” RE: #RANSOMWARE

***urgent memorandum*** TO: The "IT Guy" FROM: Shawn Tuma SUBJECT: Your clients affected by ransomware STOP OVERWRITING / WIPING / DELETING OR OTHERWISE DESTROYING YOUR CLIENTS' DATA WHEN THEY ARE AFFECTED BY RANSOMWARE!!! PLEASE!!! PRETTY PLEASE!!! PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP!!! JUST STOP IT!!! Seriously, everyone understands that ransomware is scary stuff and when … Continue reading ***URGENT*** MEMO TO “THE IT GUY” RE: #RANSOMWARE