Ransomware - Major US Newspaper Businesses Affected

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Ransomware - Major US Newspaper Businesses Affected

Is your business prepared for a cyber attack?  No matter how small or big your business is, you can fall victim to cyber crime.  The is proven true over and over again, just look at the news articles each week!

Recently in the news, there was a cyber attack on Saturday that stopped the printing of top U.S. newspapers (ie: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, etc).  The strand used was the same that was used against North Carolina water utility last year.  LA Times posted "We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.

Sophos released an article last month describing how Ryuk appears to seek targets that can pay the large ransoms, specifically business industries like commodities, manufacturing, and according to some reports healthcare.

The strand believed to be used by the recent attack on the media outlets appears to be Ryuk.  The code is linked back to Hermes, which is believed to be linked to North Korea's Lazarus hacking group.  The strand is similar to SamSam.  KnowBe4 stated these attacks are carried out manually by the hackers, aimed at getting crucial assets and resources in each targeted network.  

Questions to ask yourself regarding your business:

  • Do you educate your users?
    • On how to recognize red flags and prevent malicious code from entering your network.  
    • On how to mitigate a security incident to minimize the damage and downtime. 
  • Do you have security products?
    • Firewall
    • Endpoint Protection
    • Anti-Ransomware Protection
    • Patching Devices on a Regular Schedule
  • Do you have a disaster recovery plan?
    • Steps to be taken by end users and IT department
    • Backups are always a last resort

    Contact Rival today to discuss your business and it's technology needs!


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