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Biden Warns Vladimir Putin On Ransomware Attacks

The Washington Post reports: President Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that the United States will take “any necessary action” after the latest massive ransomware attack, the White House said. Biden has been under pressure to counter and blunt the impact of the costly, increasingly brazen assaults by what the United States says are Russia-based hackers. The president …

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Up To 1500 Companies Affected In Ransomware Attack

Reuters reports: Between 800 and 1,500 businesses around the world have been affected by a ransomware attack centered on U.S. information technology firm Kaseya, its chief executive said on Monday. Fred Voccola, the Florida-based company’s CEO, said in an interview that it was hard to estimate the precise impact of Friday’s attack because those hit were mainly customers of Kaseya’s …

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Hackers Demand $70M In Latest Ransomware Attack

Reuters reports: Hackers suspected to be behind a mass extortion attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide late on Sunday demanded $70 million to restore the data they are holding ransom, according to a posting on a dark web site. The demand was posted on a blog typically used by the REvil cybercrime gang, a Russia-linked group that is counted …

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Ransomware Attack Closes 800-Store Swedish Chain

Reuters reports: The Swedish Coop grocery store chain closed all its 800 stores on Saturday after a ransomware attack on an American IT provider left it unable to operate its cash registers. Hundreds of American businesses were hit on Friday by an unusually sophisticated attack that hijacked widely used technology management software from a Miami-based supplier called Kaseya. According to …

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At Least 200 Companies Hit With Ransomware Attack

NBC News reports: A successful ransomware attack on a single company has spread to at least 200 organizations, according to cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs, making it one of the single largest criminal ransomware sprees in history. The attack, first revealed Friday afternoon, is believed to be affiliated with the prolific ransomware gang REvil and perpetuated through Kaseya, an international company …

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Meatpacker Paid $11 Million In Ransomware Attack

Reuters reports: Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company’s CEO said in a statement on Wednesday. The subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA halted cattle slaughtering at all of its U.S. plants for a day last week in response to the cyberattack, which threatened …

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Capitol Hill Tech Vendor Hit With Ransomware Attack

The Hill reports: A tech vendor used by dozens of House offices on Capitol Hill for constituent outreach services has reportedly been hit by a ransomware attack, becoming the latest victim in a series of cyberattacks to target U.S.-based entities. Punchbowl News reported Tuesday that almost 60 House offices, from both parties, have not been able to retrieve constituent information …

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DOJ Recovers Millions Paid In Pipeline Ransom [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: The Justice Department has recovered some of the millions in ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline shortly after the company was hacked, according to a warrant unsealed Monday. The Colonial Pipeline hack was carried out by Darkside actors, the FBI said in brief statement days after the attack. The company’s CEO said last month in an interview that …

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Major US Media Group Hit With Ransomware Attack

From the web security site The Record: Live streams for radio and TV stations owned by the Cox Media Group, one of the largest media conglomerates in the US, have gone down earlier today in what multiple sources have described as a ransomware attack. The incident took place earlier this morning and impacted the internal networks and live streaming capabilities …

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DOJ To Give Ransomware Attacks Terror-Level Priority

Reuters reports: The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters. Internal guidance sent on Thursday to U.S. attorney’s offices across the country said information about ransomware investigations in the field …

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TSA Orders Pipeline Operators To Report Cyberattacks

NPR reports: The Transportation Security Administration, in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused widespread gasoline disruptions earlier this month, has announced new reporting requirements for pipeline operators. In a security directive, the TSA, which oversees pipeline cybersecurity, said it will now require that pipeline operators report any cyberattacks on their systems to the federal …

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Report: Major Insurer Paid $40M In Ransomware Attack

Bloomberg News reports: CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack. The Chicago-based company paid the hackers about two weeks after a trove of company data was stolen, and CNA officials were locked …

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Colonial Pipeline CEO: Paying $4.4 Million Ransom Was The Right Thing For The Country, I Didn’t Do It Lightly

The Wall Street Journal reports: Joseph Blount, CEO of Colonial Pipeline Co., told The Wall Street Journal that he authorized the ransom payment of $4.4 million because executives were unsure how badly the cyberattack had breached its systems or how long it would take to bring the pipeline back. “I know that’s a highly controversial decision,” Mr. Blount said in …

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Ireland’s Health System Hit With Ransomware Attack

CNBC reports: Ireland’s health service shut down its computer systems on Friday after being hit with a “sophisticated” ransomware attack. The Irish Health Service Executive said there was a “significant ransomware attack” on its IT systems, without commenting further on specifics. Ireland’s vaccination program has not been affected and appointments will go ahead as planned, but the registration portal has …

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REPORT: Pipeline Operator Paid Hackers Nearly $5M

Bloomberg News reports: Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction. The company paid the hefty ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours after …

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US Fuel Supply Reduced As Pipeline Outage Continues

Reuters reports: Supplies of gasoline tightened further in parts of the United States on Tuesday as the shutdown of the nation’s biggest fuel pipeline by hackers entered its fifth day, raising concern about price spikes at the pumps heading into the summer driving season. The Colonial Pipeline said it was working to “substantially” resume operations by the end of this …

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Major Ransomware Attack Hits Firms Worldwide

The BBC reports: Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence. Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev’s main airport were among the first to report issues. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant …

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