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Weekly Threat Briefing: Colorado Town Wires Over $1 Million To BEC Scammers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The intelligence in this week’s iteration discuss the following threats: BabyShark, Fraud, Maze Ransomware, North Korea, POS malware, Ransomware, Rowhammer, Ryuk Ransomware, Thallium. The IOCs related to these stories are attached to the Community Threat Briefing and can be used to check your logs for potential malicious activity.

Figure 1 – IOC Summary Charts.  These charts summarize the IOCs attached to this magazine and provide a glimpse of the threats discussed.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Ransomware at Colorado IT Provider Affects 100+ Dental Offices

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A Colorado company that specializes in providing IT services to dental offices suffered a ransomware attack this week that is disrupting operations for more than 100 dentistry practices, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

Multiple sources affected say their IT provider, Englewood, Colo. based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was hacked, allowing a potent strain of ransomware known as “Sodinokibi” or “rEvil” to be installed on computers at more than 100 dentistry businesses that rely on the company for a range of services — including network security, data backup and voice-over-IP phone service.

Reached via phone Friday evening, CTS President Herb Miner declined to answer questions about the incident. When asked about reports of a ransomware attack on his company, Miner simply said it was not a good time and hung up.

The attack on CTS comes little more than two months after Sodinokibi hit Wisconsin-based dental IT provider PerCSoft, an intrusion that encrypted files for approximately 400 dental practices.

Thomas Terronez, CEO of Iowa-based Medix Dental, said he’s heard from several affected practices that the attackers are demanding $700,000 in bitcoin from some of the larger victims to receive a key that can unlock files encrypted by the ransomware.

Others reported a ransom demand in the tens of thousands of dollars. In previous ransomware attacks, the assailants appear to have priced their ransom demands based on the number of workstation and/or server endpoints within the victim organization. According to CTS, its clients typically have anywhere from 10 to 100 workstations.

Terronez said he’s spoken with multiple other practices that have been sidelined by the ransomware attack, and that some CTS clients had usable backups of their data available off-site, while others have been working with third party companies to independently negotiate and pay the ransom for their practice only.

Many of CTS’s customers took to posting about the attack on a private Facebook group for dentists, discussing steps they’ve taken or attempted to take to get their files back.

“I would recommend everyone reach out to their insurance provider,” said one dentist based in Denver. “I was told by CTS that I would have to pay the ransom to get my corrupted files back.”

“My experience has been very different,” said dental practitioner based in Las Vegas. “No help from my insurance. Still not working, great loss of income, patients are mad, staff even worse.”

Terronez said the dental industry in general has fairly atrocious security practices, and that relatively few offices are willing to spend what’s needed to fend off sophisticated attackers. He said it’s common to see servers that haven’t been patched for over a year, backups that haven’t run for a while, Windows Defender as only point of detection, non-segmented wireless networks, and the whole staff having administrator access to the computers — sometimes all using the same or simple passwords.

“A lot of these [practices] are forced into a price point on what they’re willing to spend,” said Terronez, whose company also offers IT services to dental providers. “The most important thing for these offices is how fast can you solve their problems, and not necessarily the security stuff behind the scenes until it really matters.”

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Krebs on Security authored by BrianKrebs. Read the original post at: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/12/ransomware-at-colorado-it-provider-affects-100-dental-offices/

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2,000 #computers were #shut down due to #SamSam virus #attack to #Colorado Department of #Transportation

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On Wednesday morning the workday in Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) was disturbed. The institution went back to good old days when computers were not existing due to SamSam ransomware virus attack.

On February 22, the file-encrypting virus hit CDOT’s computers, encrypted files and demanded to pay the ransom in Bitcoins. More than 2,000 computers were shut down to stop and investigate the attack.

According to the CDOT spokeswoman, the version of SamSam ransomware hit only Windows OS computers even though they were secured by McAfee antivirus. However, CDOT and security software providers are working on virus elimination.

Fortunately, Colorado Department of Transportation has all data backed up. Therefore, they are not going to pay the ransom and crooks attempts to blackmail the institution did not succeed.

Meanwhile, employees are forbidden from accessing the Internet until the problem is solved. Ransomware did not affect any critical services, such as cameras, alerts on traffics or variable message boards.

Authors of SamSam ransomware already received money from victims in 2018
SamSam ransomware is known for a while. Numerous versions of malware hit hospitals and other institutions last year. Colorado Department of Transportation is not the first organization that was in the target eye of the ransomware creators this year too.

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Colorado Springs police estimate more than 100 victims of alleged identity thief

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Police estimate that more than 100 people fell victim to a 32-year-old man’s alleged pattern of identity theft in Colorado Springs. Armando Gallegos allegedly manufactured checks using others’ account information and then used the checks at local businesses. He was arrested Aug. 23 in one of the five cases of…

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Colorado Teen Allegedly Found with Rodeo Star Ex-Girlfriend’s Body After He Shot Her in the Head

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ A Colorado teen allegedly found with the body of his ex-girlfriend in the back of his truck has pleaded not guilty to murdering her, PEOPLE confirms. Tanner Flores, 19, appeared in … View full post on Become007.com

Colorado Springs school superintendent the apparent victim of graphic Twitter hack

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Colorado Springs school superintendent the apparent victim of graphic Twitter hack

An apparent hacking of a school superintendent’s Twitter account Wednesday caused a pornographic video to appear on his Twitter page.
After Academy School District 20’s front office received a complaint from a parent about an inappropriate image on Superintendent Mark

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Colorado: Youth pot use hasn’t gone up since legalization – Education Week

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Information Security Training in Denver, Colorado

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Information security training in Denver from SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training. At SANS Rocky Mountain 2016, SANS offers hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by real-world practitioners. The site of SANS Rocky Mountain 2016, July 11-16, the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center, is within walking distance of the best attractions […]

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Police: Shots fired, Colorado Springs couple arrested on suspicion of child abuse

A woman and her husband were arrested on suspicion of child abuse Sunday evening after police discovered they had been firing a gun in their vehicle close to a toddler.

Police say Cynthia Yancey called police about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, stating that someone had been firing a gun at her vehicle and had shot out the back window of her vehicle.

Also in the vehicle were her husband and toddler, she told police.

Police found Yancey’s vehicle, with a blown-out back window, near the intersection of East Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard but it didn’t stop when officers tried to pull it over.

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The Colorado city with the highest identity theft risk

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Residents of the Pueblo metropolitan area are the eighth-highest in the nation for risk when it comes to identity theft, according to a new report by NerdWallet. The report found that from December 2011 through Sept. 14, 2015, residents of Pueblo filed 252 identity theft complaints total, or 156.1 per 100,000 residents based on data from the Federal Trade Commission. Pueblo was the only Colorado metro on the report, which listed the top 50 metros with the highest rates of identity theft. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro had the highest number of identity theft complaints, a total of 18,428 — 316.2 per 100,000. The state of Colorado is not far off either, coming in at No. 14 out of all 50 states and Washington D.C. for identity theft. Source: http://www.9news.com/story/money/business/2015/09/22/identity-theft-pueblo/72645144/

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