Tagged: ransom

Latest Report from Cybersecurity Firm Digital Shadows Details LinkedIn Sextortion Campaign – Pay Crypto or Else

Traditionally, cyber extortions have mainly been executed via exposure threats (“pay a cryptocurrency ransom or be embarrassed”), threats of cyberattack (denial of service), or the deployment of ransomware to lock up data, says “digital risk protection firm” Digital Shadows in its latest report, “Tale of Epic… Read More

Records of 15 000 Heart Patients Compromised in Crypto Ransom Attack

In January, a private heart clinic located in a Melbourne’s Cabrini hospital had 15 000 patients’ medical records locked in a ransomware attack that emanated from Russia or North Korea, 9News reports. A cryptocurrency ransom to unlock the data was subsequently demanded. The records were… Read More

Two Years In, Mongo Databases Still Being Ransomed for Bitcoin, Though Less Successfully

Unsecured databases hosted on the free and open-source cross-platform database MongoDB are still being attacked by hackers demanding Bitcoin ransoms, says Zero Day, albeit less effectively than before. Reports of hack exploitation of MongoDB data first surfaced in December 2016, “when hackers realized they could extort… Read More

Two Arrested for Kidnapping and Attempted Kidnapping of Two Children in South Africa, Bitcoin Ransom Demanded

Police in South Africa have arrested suspects believed to be behind the kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy from Witbank and the attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl from Middelburg, Times Live reports. The boy was reportedly kidnapped “in broad daylight” close to his home on… Read More

12 Arrested in Costa Rica Kidnapping Case, $1 Million Bitcoin Ransom Paid, American Still Missing

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 individuals they believe kidnapped an American businessperson in Costa Rica on September 24th, 2018, The Daily Mail reports. According to various Costa Rican media, William Sean Creighton, also known as ‘5 Dimes Tony,’ was running the ‘5 Dimes’… Read More

Hackers Lock Dublin Tram System Website, Demand Bitcoin Ransom

People seeking information today about the Luas light rail system in Dublin may have encountered a message threatening to “publish all data and send emails to your users” unless a ransom of one Bitcoin (worth about $3850) is paid, RTE reports. That message has now… Read More

Hacker Demands Bitcoin Ransom to Return 9-11 Attack Records

“(E)ach time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you,” says an extortion note from the prolific hacker ‘Dark Overlord,’ who now claims to possess sensitive records relating to the 9-11 stolen from prominent insurance and legal firms, Motherboard reports. The… Read More

Port of San Diego Hit by “Serious” Ransomware Attack, Bitcoin Demanded

Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio announced this week that Port of San Diego computer systems suffered a “serious” ransomware attack on September 25th, with hackers demanding a ransom of Bitcoin to unlock affected systems. “The Port of San Diego has experienced a serious… Read More

Town of Midland, Ontario Forced to Pay Bitcoin in Ransomware Attack

A small town about 2 hours north of Toronto is being forced to pay bitcoins to have access to its computer systems restored by hackers, the Midland Newsroom reports. “In the early hours of Saturday, September 1, the Town of Midland became the victim of… Read More

Hackers Lock Up PGA Promo Files, Demand Ransom in Bitcoin

Hackers with poor spelling annoyed one of the world’s largest golf promoters this week by seizing some relatively benign files and demanding a bitcoin ransom for their return, Golfweek reports. On Tuesday, staff at the Professional Golfer’s Association of America  (PGA) tried to access computer… Read More

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