Articles of Interest

Excellent write up on WPA3.

Aug 16, 2018

WPA3 (wireless encryption) now gaining traction is timely with several new attacks on WPA2 making the news. You can read about it here.

Back to typewriters

Aug 7, 2018

After a ransomware cyber-attack, the employees of the borough in Alaska had to get back to the old style of using typewriters and handwritten material. The borough had to forcefully shut down a lot of its systems. It was in the middle of July, according to the borough, when the hackers took hold of the desktops, most of the servers, email exchange, and the telephone systems. You can read the story here.

Another Hospital goes down to CryptoLocker

July 11, 2018

The ransomware attack Monday impacted the enterprise IT infrastructure, including the electronic health records system, at Harrisonville, Mo.-based Cass Regional Medical Center, which includes 35 inpatient beds and several outpatient clinics. Ambulances were redirected. You can read the story here.

 

Hackers are now stealing gas from fuel pumps.

July 10, 2018

The Marathon gas station suffered this attack around1 pm on June 23, 2018, when two men reached the pump for fuel. Reportedly, they took control of the pump at the gas station through a remote device, thus preventing the hack from being blocked by the clerk present at the station from his system.

With technology embedded in most everything, it was only a matter of time before a malicious entity found a way to bypass the controls. You can read the story here.

 

The Petya ransomware attack is crossing the 300M for Maersk Shipping

June 10, 2018

Falling victim to the global Petya cyberattack is set to cost Maersk, the world’s largest container ship, and supply vessel operator, up to $300m in lost revenues. You can read the story here.

 

Encryption does not stop law enforcement from reading your messages

June 6, 2018

Encryption is very good a securing your message in transit, BUT in most cases, it resides unencrypted or discoverable at the recipient’s end. LE will gain access to the message by simply asking for it. Just ask Paul Manafort. You can read the story here.

Texas police department server again attacked by ransomware

May 5, 2018

Yet another ransomware attack on a Texas Police department that hinders their ability to serve and protect. Only some of their data could be pulled from backups. You can read the story here.

Missed Opportunity for Atlanta to have a proper disaster response to a computer crime.

April 24, 2018

On March 22, a ransomware outbreak hit Atlanta city government systems, freezing not just the city’s technology but also its ability to get work done. As a result of the outbreak, the city’s 8,000 employees were unable to use their PCs for several days. You can read the story here on InfoRisk today. The near 3 million dollar price for the recovery may have been prevented with a playbook of restoring the systems.