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Last updated: June 28, 2024

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Phishing and Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attack paralyzes thousands of car dealerships nationwide into July

Cybercriminals paralyzed car dealership software provider CDK Global with back-to-back ransomware attacks. The result has car dealerships reverting to paper and pens to work out many of their computerized functions.

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Red Tape Is Making Hospital Ransomware Attacks Worse

Crippling ransomware attacks against hospitals and health care providers are on the rise. These ruthless cyberattacks can take medical systems offline for weeks—canceling appointments and surgeries and causing harm to patients. Doctors and nurses are plunged into crisis situations where they resort to using pen and paper, while IT staff work to make systems safe and bring them back online. The recovery can be long-lasting and brutal. Health care professionals, lawyers, and cybersecurity experts tell WIRED that amid the chaos caused by criminal hackers, a little-known bureaucratic process can slow down hospitals and medical providers getting their systems working again.

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FedEx and UPS phishing scams are becoming more widespread - here's what to know

Cybersecurity researchers from Abnormal security have warned of a new phishing campaign in which the threat actors impersonated UPS and FedEx, and sought to steal people’s sensitive and payment data.

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Chicago Children’s Hospital Says 791,000 Impacted by Ransomware Attack

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is informing hundreds of thousands of individuals that their personal and health information has been compromised as a result of a ransomware attack.

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Lancaster County officials warn of phishing email sent from Office of Aging employee account

A Lancaster County employee’s email account was compromised Thursday morning, and officials are warning county residents not to open an email sent from an employee from the county Office of Aging.

The subject line of the email is “County Tax,” county officials said. If users click links in the email, their email addresses can be temporarily hacked and cause emails to go out from their addresses, creating a chain reaction, a county spokesperson said.

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Why Things Can’t Go Back To Normal After The Change Healthcare Attack

The ransomware attack on Change Healthcare earlier this year emphasizes what we have seen time and time again: There’s a repetitive cycle of outrage followed by a return to "business as usual," which is detrimental and unsustainable to the healthcare industry. Yet, this habitual fading of attention undermines the severity of these breaches and the pressing need for a sustained, proactive cybersecurity response.

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Ransomware Attack Strikes Systems in Traverse City, Mich.

A ransomware attack led to the shutdown of the main information network used by Grand Traverse County and Traverse City government. Dozens of departments were affected.

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Ransomware spikes after Change hack

Following Change Healthcare's admission that it paid off hackers after its ransomware attack, there has been a spike in healthcare-related cyber incidents, Wired reported June 12. In April, cybersecurity firm Recorded Future identified 44 instances of cybercriminal groups targeting healthcare organizations with ransomware attacks. These attacks involved stealing data, encrypting systems and demanding ransom payments while holding networks hostage. This marks the highest number of healthcare ransomware victims recorded in a single month during Recorded Future's four years of data collection

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Ransomware report finds 43% of data unrecoverable after attack

Ransomware victims permanently lose 43% of the data affected by an attack on average, according to a report published by Veeam Tuesday.

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Phishing Attacks Targeting US and European Organizations Double

Phishing continues to be one of the most favored ways of compromising systems for hacking groups, Abnormal Security has found. In its latest report, Email Security Threats in Europe: Insights into Attack Trends, the email security provider observed that the volume of phishing attacks targeting organizations in Europe increased by 112.4% between April 2023 and April 2024.

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Ransomware attacks reach record levels

The first quarter of 2024 has set a new record for most global ransomware attacks in a first quarter: 1,075 leak site ransomware victims were posted on leak sites during this period. In addition, 18 new leak sites emerged over the period, the largest number of leak sites to emerge in a single quarter on record. These additions brought the total number of active leak sites for the first quarter to 60.

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Christie’s Confirms Data Breach After Ransomware Group Claims Attack

Christie’s website went offline earlier this month due to what the company described at the time as a “technology security incident”. A ransomware gang called RansomHub has taken credit for a cyberattack against the art auction house Christie’s. The group says it stole 2 gigabytes’ worth of information from Christie’s, including at least 500,000 private clients’ sensitive information.

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Cybersecurity attack on Seattle Public Library impacts multiple tech systems and online services

The Seattle Public Library was dealing with what it called a “ransomware event” impacting its technology systems on Tuesday, causing disruptions to a number of online services offered by the Library.

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Yes, cybercriminals stole Hernando County's data for ransom

As Easter weekend passed in April, Hernando County officials noticed an interruption in their network that caused websites to go down. Hernando County’s network was hacked by cybercriminals who stole data and later put it up for auction online. 

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Fake HR emails are the top choice for phishing scams, research reveals

KnowBe4, a provider of security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, revealed the concerning findings as part of new research on the most common email subjects clicked on in phishing tests, reflecting the persistent use of HR or IT-related business email messages to catch employees’ eyes and lure them in to what appears like a genuine internal email.

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Threats Against Judges

Trump trials highlight growing threats against American judges

Stories about judges who were threatened, ambushed and killed or whose families were harmed used to be the kind of thing you’d read about in the international section of your local newspaper. Now those headlines are becoming our own, to the detriment of our democracy.

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Trump's attack on judges can trigger violence

In a review of commenters' posts on three pro-Trump websites, including the former president's own Truth Social platform, Reuters documented more than 150 posts since March 1 that called for physical violence against the judges handling three of his highest-profile cases - two state judges in Manhattan and one in Georgia overseeing a criminal case in which Trump is accused of illegally seeking to overturn the state's 2020 election results.

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County Official in jail for making threats to a judge

The head of Rensselaer County Veteran’s Services is out of his job and in jail after allegedly threatening a County Judge. It’s all tied to a murder from nearly three years ago.

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Privacy Laws

A big privacy law is moving through Congress. So why do privacy hawks hate it?

Privacy legislation is the white whale of American politics, at once obsessively sought after, and frustratingly out of reach. A bipartisan, bicameral bill called the American Privacy Rights Act, which is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, promised to change that. And yet, despite its potential to overhaul some aspects of internet privacy, a new version of the bill has provoked an outpouring of opposition from all corners of the privacy and civil rights community.

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New privacy laws allow consumers to reduce website tracking

Colorado laws are making it more difficult for businesses to buy and sell their customers’ personal information. The Colorado Public Interest Research Group — CoPIRG for short — told FOX31 that as part of the Colorado Privacy Act, a new tool available for download on July 1 will enable people to opt out of companies collecting their information online.

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What you need to know about the Texas data privacy law taking effect on July 1

Starting on July 1, 2024, consumers in Texas will have more control over their personal online data. The Texas Data Privacy and Security Act takes effect on that day after being passed in 2023.

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Rhode Island Legislature Passes Consumer Data Privacy Act

On June 13, 2024, the Rhode Island legislature passed the Rhode Island Data Transparency and Privacy Protection Act (SB 2500 / HB 7787). The act will now move to Governor Daniel McKee for consideration. Assuming the act becomes laws, it will go into effect on January 1, 2026.

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Texas AG launches team to enforce state privacy laws

The Texas Attorney General’s Office announced it has established a team that will enforce Texas privacy laws. This is part of AG Ken Paxton’s major data privacy and security initiative, his office said in a news release. He said the idea is to protect Texans’ information from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and tech companies.

“With companies able to collect, aggregate, and use sensitive data on an unprecedented scale, we are strengthening our enforcement of privacy laws to protect our citizens,” Paxton said in the release.

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