Every industry is fair game for hackers. One mistake with any account information like reusing or sharing passwords and your organization can be shaken down for millions. So remember to practice good cybersecurity: do not reuse passwords, always confirm whom you are sharing sensitive information with, and be careful when clicking on suspicious links.
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Software AG, one of the largest software companies in the world, has suffered a ransomware attack over the last weekend, and the company has not yet fully recovered from the incident. A ransomware gang going by the name of “Clop” has breached the company’s internal network on Saturday, October 3, encrypted files, and asked for more than $20 million to provide the decryption key. Earlier today, after negotiations failed, the Clop gang published screenshots of the company’s data on a website the hackers operate on the dark web (a so-called leak site). The screenshots show employee passport and ID scans, employee emails, financial documents, and directories from the company’s internal network.
A steep price, but expect to see more of these demands as companies continue to get hacked.
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The Springfield Public Schools district in Massachusetts has become the victim of a ransomware attack that has caused the closure of schools while they investigate the cyberattack. Springfield is the third largest school district in Massachusetts with over 25,000 students, 4,500 employees, and more than sixty schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district opened in a remote learning model, with a planned transition to hybrid learning towards the end of October.
Whether it’s remote learning or work-from-home, every attempt to adapt to the pandemic by moving online can be compromised by cybercriminals.
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“A limited number of customers appear to have had their Robinhood account targeted by cyber criminals because of their personal email account (that which is associated with their Robinhood account) being compromised outside of Robinhood,” a spokesman for the company said in an email. “We’re actively working with those impacted to secure their accounts.”
Investing doesn’t always mean investing in stock – it can also mean investing in cybersecurity before hackers strike.
SEPTA has yet to fully restore operations stifled by a malware attack that has exasperated employees and prompted assistance from the FBI. The August attack caused the authority to halt access to employee email and stop sharing real-time travel information with riders. It also disrupted routine scheduling practices on SEPTA’s Customized Community Transportation Connect, or CCT. Since then, the authority said it’s found workarounds or restored much of what had been affected. But after months, SEPTA employees still can’t get to files on shared drives or gain internet access at its headquarters in Center City.
The truth of any hack is that unless the perpetrators are identified and their demands met, they have the ability to halt operations indefinitely.
Fearing the spread of coronavirus, jails and prisons remain on lockdown. Visitors are unable to see their loved ones serving time, forcing friends and families to use prohibitively expensive video visitation services that often don’t work. But now the security and privacy of these systems are under scrutiny after one St Louis-based prison video visitation provider had a security lapse that exposed thousands of phone calls between inmates and their families, but also calls with their attorneys that were supposed to be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Good cybersecurity hygiene should be practiced in all circumstances, especially for people without control of their own information.
That’s this week’s roundup, showing that every industry benefits when good cybersecurity habits are followed. So wash your hands and keep your passwords secure. Thanks for reading, stay safe and we’ll see you next week!
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