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The Fort Worth Independent School District is recovering from a ransomware attack last week. The district hopes everything will be back to normal by next Monday, when students and teachers return from spring break — but that may not be the case. Fort Worth ISD spokesperson Clint Bond said the hack affected him as much...
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The City of Durham is the latest victim of Ryuk ransomware, and its systems remain partially offline. Apparently, the actors were Russian hackers, and they started their attack with the TrickBot Trojan. Durham is restoring its systems quickly, so the ransom may have been paid immediately. The City of Durham in North Carolina was the...
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While colleges and universities seem to be embracing cloud solutions – especially when it comes to reducing data storage costs – schools seem more reluctant. By 2019, over two thirds of universities had moved to cloud-based email systems, with 50% also adopting cloud collaboration systems. But what makes for the ideal cloud security solution in...
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LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL / ASSOCIATED PRESS Work begins this month on an 80-foot-tall crisscrossing-arch assembly over Las Vegas Boulevard near the front entrance of The STRAT (formerly Stratosphere). Pictured is the new overhead decor at the Strat. Move over St. Louis and McDonald’s, Las Vegas is joining the arches club. Work begins this month on...
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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are investigating a cyberattack against the city of Torrance which knocked offline City Hall’s email system and the city’s ability to process credit card payments, municipal spokesman Michael Smith said Friday. The attack occurred Sunday. It also eliminated the city’s ability to update its own website. It’s unknown how...
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With coronavirus spreading, and shoppers clearing out store shelves, it seemed we had enough to worry about. Nope, because computer ransomware is making a comeback. Charlene Stone was working on her home computer, when a “support alert” took over her screen. “All of a sudden this popup, the whole thing, this thing popped up on...
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Published: 3/6/2020 5:49:58 PM Modified: 3/6/2020 5:49:44 PM It seems like hardly a day passes without news of another ransomware attack shutting down a business or a data breach releasing personal information into the dark web or a local government site being knocked offline by malware.  Cybersecurity has transitioned from a minor part of security into a central...
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MITCHELL PE MASILUN –6/15/2017– Workers install an Arkansas Children’s logo on the side of a building on the hospital complex in Little Rock Thursday, June 15, 2017. Arkansas Children’s Hospital has pulled down and rebooted its information-technology systems after a cybersecurity threat, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. The Little Rock hospital has contacted the...
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By Dr. Kenneth Knapp Businesses today face a daunting task in managing their cybersecurity risk. The cyber threat landscape seems more hostile than ever. We don’t merely face technical risks such as suffering from a ransomware attack or network infiltration, but also the challenges in training our employees to behave in a safe and cyber-secure...
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News Thursday, March 5th 2020, 12:11 PM CST AARP works to connect Americans from the big city to rural America. The organization has partnered with RFD-TV to present AARP Live Minutes each Thursday as part of their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. In this AARP Live Minute: Sarah Jennings...
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Thursday, March 5, 2020News 12 This Morning AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — We’ve seen movies about the “zombie apocalypse”, but middle school students took on the challenge of trying to prevent it​ this week. They took the fight to the Georgia Cyber Center through a mock United Nations program. When it comes to a global crisis,...
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Security researchers observed a new strain of ransomware called “PwndLocker” targeting the networks of enterprises and U.S. cities. Sources told Bleeping Computer that PwndLocker ransomware started up in late 2019, infecting several U.S. cities and organizations in the months that followed. Those victims included Lasalle County in Illinois, a government body from which the threat...
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GUILDERLAND — Money from the Smarts Schools Bond Act has transformed learning in Guilderland schools as each student in fifth through 12th grades is given a laptop, said Demian Singleton, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction. The latest round of funds is less glamorous, he said, but will provide essential “backbone and infrastructure.” The Guilderland...
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Public K-12 education agencies across the nation reported 348 cybersecurity incidents during 2019—nearly three times as many incidents as were publicly disclosed during 2018. A report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2019 Year in Review,  says many of these incidents caused significant problems. They resulted  in the theft of millions...
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Backups are one the most, if not the most, important defense against ransomware, but if not configured properly, attackers will use it against you. Recently the DoppelPaymer Ransomware operators published on their leak site the Admin user name and password for a non-paying victim’s Veeam backup software. Leaked Veeam Account This was not meant to...
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A Metro Vancouver university has sent out an alert that a data breach has taken place at the institution. Simon Fraser University (SFU) states on its website that a privacy breach was identified on February 28. Those affected include any faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees who joined the university before June 20, 2019. A...
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by Dan Kobialka • Mar 2, 2020 The City of Cartersville, Georgia submitted a $380,000 payment in non-tradeable Bitcoins to hackers, along “with an additional $7,755.65 paid for transaction fees and negotiators,” according to The Daily Tribune News. The payment came after the city experienced a Ryuk ransomware attack in May 2019. Cartersville officials regained...
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A precision parts maker for space and defense contractors has confirmed a “cybersecurity incident,” which TechCrunch has learned was likely caused by ransomware. Visser Precision, a Denver, Colorado-based manufacturer, makes custom parts for a number of industries, including automotive and aeronautics. In a brief statement, the company confirmed it was “the recent target of a...
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Cybersecurity continues to be a major challenge for state and local governments, and the issue will likely grow in importance in the coming year. First, they are popular targets. During the first half of 2019, nearly two-thirds of ransomware attacks targeted state and local governments. Second, they face a multitude of threats — data breaches,...
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Congress might stop partisan bickering long enough to clamp down on the annual $400 billion in cyberattacks on American businesses. A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act, which would require every state to have a cybersecurity coordinator who would work with all levels of government to prevent and respond to...
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