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Windows 7 computers will no longer be patched after today – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Do you know what you were doing 3736 days ago? We do! (To be clear, lest that sound creepy, we know what we were doing, not what you were doing.) Admittedly, we didn’t remember all on our own – we needed the inexorable memory of the […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#school | #ransomware | Cyber attack shuts down computers at San Antonio mental health provider

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A cyber attack has shut down the computer network at the Center for Health Care Services, Bexar County’s largest provider of mental health and substance abuse services.

CEO Jelynne LeBlanc Burley confirmed Tuesday that the company’s system was included in a larger-scale cyber attack last week that’s under investigation by federal law enforcement agencies.

It’s unclear how many organizations were hit by the attack or who was behind it.

The city of New Orleans made headlines recently when it suffered a cyber attack on Dec. 13 serious enough for its mayor to declare a state of emergency.

Hospitals, school districts, government agencies and businesses are increasingly falling victim to ransomware, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation describes as an insidious type of malware that encrypts or locks up valuable digital files. The perpetrators demand a ransom to release the files.

Burley said she doesn’t know whether the attacker demanded a ransom from the center. Because it’s part of a larger attack, she added, the FBI and the Secret Service are investigating.

She said federal officials called the center last week about the attack, and that the center’s techs isolated the threat to a single computer server. Burley decided to shut down the center’s entire computer system as a precaution. Administrators expect it will be back up by Thursday.

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“Now we’re in the process of bringing back our system,” she said. “We started at our larger clinics, and we’re bringing it up slowly and carefully to ensure that our security is still intact.”

CHCS operates several locations in San Antonio, including a walk-in mental health clinic and mobile crisis outreach team, substance abuse recovery facilities and programs at the homeless services campus Haven for Hope.

There were several notices posted around the center’s main office at 6800 Park Ten Boulevard warning employees to take laptop computers to the IT department.

Federal law enforcement officials could not be reached Tuesday.

Laura Garcia covers the health care industry in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her stories and more local coverage on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | laura.garcia@express-news.net | Twitter: @Reporter_Laura

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#school | #ransomware | Las Cruces, N.M., School District to Scrub 30,000 Computers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans (TNS) — Las Cruces, N.M., Public Schools Interim Superintendent Karen Trujillo presented some updates Thursday on the recent cyber attack that targeted the school district, prompting a shutdown of Internet servers and devices across the district. At a Thursday afternoon news conference in the district’s administration […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#school | #ransomware | Las Cruces Public Schools computers still offline a week after hacking attack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Education LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The computer network for the Las Cruces Public Schools remained offline a week after a ransomware attack by hackers forced the shutdown of the entire system. After originally trying to get existing servers for dozens of schools back online late […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Employees for #city of #Atlanta allowed to #turn #computers back #on

Employees for the city of Atlanta who haven’t been allowed to turn on their computers after a major hack put the city at risk last week are now being allowed back online.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says teams of city IT experts and outside companies are still trying to diagnose what happened during the cyberattack that has crippled the city’s computer systems and left business at a standstill.

The computers at City Hall were turned off for several days and experts believe the hackers gained access to computers systems through a remote portal.

The attack continues to cause all kinds of problems and is frustrating people who are trying to conduct business with the city. It’s a big pain for people like Eulises Wimberly, who needed to take care of business at municipal court.

“They didn’t tell me anything. They just gave me this piece of paper here to reschedule my appointment again. I feel kind of bad because I had pay $30 for someone to bring me from Lawrenceville over here,” said Wimberly.

Wimberly isn’t the only one running into problems. Lauren Downer and her husband just bought a house and had to do everything the old fashioned way.

“My husband and I closed on our house Friday,” says Downer. “We had no water, the web site was down all weekend so we had no choice but to come in and ask to get our service turned on.”

Downer was able to physically fill out the paperwork needed for new service but it would’ve been much easier had the city website been operable.

City officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist that critical systems that the police and fire departments use have not been affected so far but many other services are not available.

The mayor likened the cyber crisis to the water infrastructure crisis under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, saying the digital infrastructure needs the same kind of emergency upgrade. The city’s computers have been idle except for those that can run off of hotspots and bluetooth. Everything else is pen and paper.

In addition to the FBI and Georgia Tech, the city has enlisted the help of an Atlanta-based computer company. They’re still trying to determine how the hacker got in. Even if they paid the ransom, they don’t know where the attack started. And that could mean attacks could happen over and over again.

Also, the mayor says there’s no evidence that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

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

Source: National Cyber Security News

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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Hackers #attempt to #hit Mecklenburg Co. #computers again

Less than 24 hours after Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio refused to pay cyber hackers a $23,000 ransom, the hackers tried again.

In a memo to employees obtained by NBC Charlotte, Diorio wrote that a security check, “…is reporting that the cybercriminals are redoubling their efforts to penetrate the County’s systems, primarily through emails that contain fraudulent attachments with viruses that could further damage our systems.”

It was an email with just such an attachment that was opened earlier this week by a county employee that triggered the freeze on much of the county’s computer system.

The hackers demanded a ransom of $23,000, but on Wednesday Diorio refused to pay, saying the county’s backup systems could restore much of what had been disabled.

During a speaking engagement at Charlotte’s Kennedy Middle School, Governor Roy Cooper said the county did the right thing by not paying the ransom.

“We can’t fall prey to these scam artists and people who want to hold governments hostage,” Cooper said.

Cooper said the state was working with Mecklenburg County on restoring the system, and that adding cybersecurity has to be a top priority.

“It shows us that we need to be careful and that we need to make sure that our systems are as secure as possible at a local, state and federal level,” Cooper explained.

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Severe flaws in DNS app create hacking risk for routers, smartphones, computers, IoT

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Google researchers found seven severe security flaws in the open-source DNS software package Dnsmasq. The flaws put a huge number of devices at risk of being hacked. Google researchers disclosed seven serious flaws in an open-source DNS software package Dnsmasq, which is is commonly preinstalled on routers, servers, smartphones, IoT…

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Hackers Exploiting ‘Find My iPhone’ To Remotely Lock Mac Computers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Apple’s Find My iPhone feature is meant to be a recovery feature of sorts, where if you’ve misplaced your iPhone, you will be able to locate it using the feature. Unfortunately it seems that in recent times, hackers have managed to exploit the feature and in turn have been locking…

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Toledo business owner says former employee hacked computers, bank accounts

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – A Toledo business owner says a disgruntled worker brought his business to a halt following a cyber attack on the company’s computers, phones and bank accounts. “Its just not fair for somebody to be that malicious. And for what?” Jacob Lewandowski, owner Jacob’s Ladder Handyman Service…

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