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#comptia | #ransomware | Baton Rouge college’s computer system attacked | State Politics

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With a week to go before final exams, ITI Technical College, a private Baton Rouge vocational college, is going back to paper, at least partially until its computer system is fully restored after being the latest Louisiana institution victimized by ransomware.

ITI Vice President Mark Worthy said Tuesday the college’s computer personnel were working to get all the servers in the system back up and are making progress. But in the meantime, since many on staff began before automation, they’re starting to go through the documents that backup the databases to ensure that grades are recorded and financial aid gets to the right people.

“Full functionality? Not sure when because of the complexity,” Worthy said. Some of the critical systems are coming back online. Classes for the 605 students are continuing. Communications, however, have been crippled, so administrators are visiting classrooms to convey information.

What’s taking time is that the technicians are reconnecting each server for computers used by students and administrators on the six-acre campus only after checking to ensure the code is clean.

Monday’s ransomware attack, which crippled about 10% of the state’s computer network servers just hours after votes were tallied in statewide …

Technicians traced the ransomware attack back to the Czech Republic. The attackers replicated an employee’s contact list and sent out emails to faculty and staff that looked like the real thing. The messages asked the reader to click on an expected report, which one of the employees did on Monday, Jan. 27. In the dark hours of the following Wednesday morning, the school’s IT administrator was checking the network, as she usually does, and found suspicious activity. She disconnected all the servers from the internet, then started looking for the impacted systems, Worthy said.

But the ransomware was able to encrypt some of the databases and keep the school from accessing their files. Eventually, the techs found a message to contact the attackers for instructions on how and how much to pay to regain access to the databases. “We won’t pay and we won’t contact these criminals,” he said.

Initially, Worthy offered to hire specialists to work on the problem. But his IT staff argued that they would be more familiar with the architecture of the system. Besides, the school teaches information technology and has faculty and staff able to handle the problem.

Unlike, the City of New Orleans or state government, both of which were hit by ransomware attackers, ITI is a privately owned college. State government’s teams and experts are not available to the school.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to discuss cybersecurity Wednesday in a speech before the Louisiana Municipal Association, whose members include several localities hit with crippling cyber-attacks.

“We’re running this rodeo on our own,” Worthy said. “Fortunately, we teach IT, so we have a lot of really, really sharp people already on staff.”

Worthy said ITI would be contacting police and the FBI after the system is back up and the incriminating evidence is collected.

Similar ransomware attacks have previously crippled Louisiana state agencies, city governments, and school systems.

When the first signs of a massive cyberattack became apparent in the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s computers, administrators thought it wa…

Two days before commencement ceremonies, Baton Rouge Community College leaders learned that its computers were cyberattacked by ransomware.

In November roughly 1,500 of the state’s 30,000 computers were infected by cyber attackers. The hackers blocked access to the state’s data until a ransom was paid. The state refused to pay but had to shut down systems that disrupted state services, such as slowing delivery of food stamps, as well as closing the Office of Motor Vehicles for several weeks.

In December, the City of New Orleans shut down its computer systems while technicians cleaned the ransomware out of code and reloaded the information onto city computers.

State officials plan to re-open eight of its main Office of Motor Vehicles locations Monday, a week after a cyberattack crippled Louisiana sta…

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | December 2019 Patch Tuesday – 36 Vulns, 7 Critical, Actively Attacked Win32k vuln, Adobe vulns

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This month’s Patch Tuesday is rather light and addresses 36 vulnerabilities, with only 7 labeled as Critical. Five of the seven Critical vulns are in Git for Visual Studio. The others are for Hyper-V and Win32k. Also, there is one actively attacked “Important” vuln in Win32k. Adobe released patches today covering Acrobat/Reader, ColdFusion, Photoshop, and Brackets.

Workstation Patches

Win32k patches (CVE-2019-1468 and CVE-2019-1458) should be prioritized for workstation-type devices, meaning any system that is used for email or to access the internet via a browser. This includes multi-user servers that are used as remote desktops for users.

Though listed as Important, Microsoft has disclosed that CVE-2019-1458 is actively attacked in the wild.

Hyper-V Hypervisor Escapes

A remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-1471) is patched in Hyper-V that would allow an authenticated user on a guest system to run arbitrary code on the host system. Microsoft notes that exploitation of this vulnerability is less likely, but these patches should still be prioritized for all Hyper-V systems.

Git for Visual Studio

Microsoft patched 5 vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-1354, CVE-2019-1350, CVE-2019-1352, CVE-2019-1387, and CVE-2019-1349) in Git for Visual Studio. Exploitation requires that a user clones a malicious repo. Based on the details provided, the vulnerabilities appear to all be Command Injection. These patches should be prioritized for any Visual Studio installations that use Git.

Adobe

Adobe’s Patch Tuesday covers Acrobat/Reader, ColdFusion, Photoshop, and Brackets. The patches for Acrobat/Reader (21 vulns) and ColdFusion (1 vuln) are listed as Priority 2, while the patches for Photoshop (2 vulns) and Brackets (1 vuln) are labeled Priority 3. The Acrobat/Reader patches should be prioritized for Workstations with this software installed, and the ColdFusion patches should be prioritized on ColdFusion servers.

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Half of #Japanese banks attacked by #hackers

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Half of #Japanese banks attacked by #hackers

Slightly over half of Japanese financial institutions have been exposed to cyberattack since 2015, according to a survey by the Bank of Japan (BOJ).

The central bank said on Monday (Oct 16) that 51 per cent of the 411 respondents had been attacked by hackers, with 10.9 per cent saying that their operations were affected as a result, Kyodo News reported.

The findings were from a survey conducted by BOJ in April on megabanks, local banks, as well as trust banks and credit associations, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

Of the institutions polled, 9.7 per cent said they suffered minor impact from a cyberattack, while 1.2 per cent said noted “significant fallout”, Nikkei reported.

The attacks ranged from viruses sent via e-mail, ransomware that threatened to wipe out infected computers’ data unless money is paid, to malware that rendered an institution’s website inaccessible, said Nikkei.

The survey also found that larger banks were more prone to attacks.

While a majority (85.4 per cent) of the financial institutions surveyed felt that the danger of cyberattack is increasing, three in five said they do not have enough manpower to deal with cyberattacks, Kyodo reported, quoting BOJ.

Still, spending in cybersecurity at the financial institutions has increased.

Banks in Japan are spending an average of 178 million yen (S$2 million) on cybersecurity in the current fiscal year ending March – a 60 per cent increase from the 2015 fiscal year, Kyodo reported.

While the Japanese banking industry has so far avoided a major cyberattack such as a serious information leak, “the scope of cyberattacks has spread rapidly over the past year or two to another level”, said Mr Keisuke Kamata, managing director of Financials ISAC Japan, which supports financial institutions’ cybersecurity efforts, according to Nikkei.

It is, therefore, vital that Japanese banks create systems that allow them to adapt quickly and efficiently to the ever-changing modes of attack, Mr Kamata added.

The survey was BOJ’s first on cybersecurity targeting financial institutions with accounts at the central bank, according to Nikkei. Next, the BOJ hopes to conduct in-depth discussions on cyberdefence with the institutions.

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Hackers attacked 4 Florida school districts, allegedly hoped to hack voting systems

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Girl Brutally Attacked By Bully – School’s Response Is Disturbing

A number of local parents are complaining that a culture of bullying has developed at an elementary school in Alabama. Relating to this, a third-grader recently ended up with a concussion and two black eyes after being beaten by a bully at L.E. Wilson Elementary School in Sheffield, Alabama.

Lanny’s mother, Kelly Turpin, claims that her nine-year-old daughter was beaten by a larger girl when they disagreed.

It seems that when Turpin was called to the school, she was given the rather unbelievable explanation that her daughter “fell and was hurt accidentally”.

“The nurse started telling me my daughter fell and was hurt accidentally, but my daughter said “No mom, it wasn’t an accident”,” Turpin noted in an interview with the media.

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Slate Belt man breaks wife’s ribs, tries to claim he was attacked

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Slate Belt man breaks wife’s ribs, tries to claim he was attacked

Pennsylvania State Police said a Slate Belt man accused of breaking his wife’s ribs and lacerating her liver tried telling a trooper that he was the one who was attacked. Read More….

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Cyber Security advisor to the PM says the Census was attacked not hacked

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Cyber Security advisor to the PM says the Census was attacked not hacked

A government advisor says the Census was attacked by an unknown source last night.
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon spoke with Tom Elliott.
“We didn’t cover ourselves in glory last night, there’s no doubt.”

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Woman attacked in Carlisle city centre by man she met on dating website

A drunken man who carried out a vicious unprovoked street attack on a female friend was told in court: “Never ever repeat that behaviour towards anyone.” Mitchell Jay Robinson, 22, received the stark warning when he appeared in front of District Judge Gerald Chalk. Robinson’s crime had been to turn on Hannah Carthy and repeatedly kick her as she lay on the ground in Carlisle city centre. Read More….

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Kremlin Says Hackers Attacked Putin Website

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Hackers made a “very powerful” attack on the Kremlin website on Sunday, the Russian government said on Monday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov linked the attack to regional elections in Russia on Sunday in which the opposition sought to challenge government-allied politicians in the one region it was allowed to run. Peskov said the election commission’s website came under attack on Sunday morning. “Given that, you will certainly be interested to know that from 5 to 10 am on Sunday a very powerful attack was simultaneously carried out on the Russian president’s website,” Peskov told reporters. “Defense systems worked though it was not easy, the attack was rather strong.” He said had no information on who might have been behind the attack. Russia has a hacking criminal underground and the United States regularly accuses Russian, as well as Chinese, hackers of attacks. Experts say Russiangovernment-backed hackers target U.S. government computers as well as help spread Moscow propaganda at a time of dire relations between Kremlin and the West over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, human rights and other issues. Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/kremlin-says-hackers-attacked-putin-website-n427131

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Police Attacked During Arrest Of Suspect For Credit Card Fraud Attempt In San Bruno Target Store

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SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) — Police on Monday arrested one of two suspects allegedly involved in aCREDIT CARD fraud attempt and subsequent assault on an officer at a San Bruno department store. Stone Joshua, 20, of Antioch, was arrested on suspicion of assault likely to cause serious injury, assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and credit card fraud, police said. Officers responded to the Target at 1150 El Camino Real at 3:44 p.m. on a report of a fraud and located the two suspects. Both suspects fled from officers on foot and into a nearby J.C. Penney store, police said. While in the store, one of the suspects, identified as Joshua, threw a glass display table at an officer and punched the officer in the face, police said. Joshua was then taken into custody. The officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Police are still searching for a second suspect described as an African American female, 25 to 30 years old and weighing about 150 pounds. Source: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/08/20/police-attacked-arrest-suspect-for-credit-card-fraud-attempt-san-bruno-target-store/

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