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Last updated: June 13, 2024

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Phishing and Ransomware Attacks

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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Hackers target DocuSign with new phishing threat — watch out, you could be signing your data away

Hackers are stealing people’s DocuSign accounts to make their Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks seem more authentic, and thus, more successful.

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Nurses at Michigan Hospitals Sound Alarm Over Patient Safety Issues Caused by Ransomware Attack 

The attack on Ascension forced some of its hospitals to divert ambulances and resort to paper record keeping, reports CNN. Nurses and doctors are saying the lack of access to online patient medical records is affecting patient safety, reports Michigan Public Radio. Clinicians at several of Ascension’s hospitals in Michigan said they can’t access patient histories, medications, allergies, and real-time test results. Staff said patients are going into elective surgeries before all of their lab results are back, but the volume of elective surgeries hasn’t decreased.

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Ransomware attack impacts law enforcement data in Wichita

Law enforcement data were compromised in a ransomware attack on the city government of Wichita, Kansas, giving hackers access to an unspecified number of people’s personal information, including names, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses and other state IDs, and payment card information, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

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Phishing attacks rise 58% in the year of AI

AI has blurred the line between authentic and fraudulent content, making it more challenging to discern phishing schemes from legitimate web pages and digital communication. 

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Threats Against Judges

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

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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Analyzing the Latest Changes to the American Privacy Rights Act

The latest version seeks to address concerns raised by various stakeholders while preserving the bill’s core principles, along with the delicate compromise reached between Rodgers and Cantwell. While there are many changes, several are worth following before Thursday.

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Minnesota Legislature Passes Consumer Data Privacy Act

The Minnesota bill largely tracks the Washington Privacy Act model but with some significant and unique variations. For example, the bill creates a novel right to question the result of a profiling decision and have a controller provide additional information regarding that decision.

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Vermont Legislature passes data privacy bill that could shape national efforts 

Legislation that would give Vermonters the ability to sue large data brokers that misuse their personal information is being heralded as the strongest data privacy bill in the country, but Republican Gov. Phil Scott has indicated he may veto the measure.

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