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Senate Democrats in Pennsylvania Are Being Held Cyber-Hostage

The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats have been hit by a ransomware attack that has locked senators and employees out of their computer network since the early morning hours of Friday, state officials told NBC News. In a statement, Sen. Jay Costa, the Democratic leader, said the Democrats were working with law enforcement agencies and Microsoft to resolve the problem. He did not say what payment has been demanded to unlock the …Read More

Nearly Half Of The Top 1 Million Websites Deemed Risky

Nearly half (46%) of the Alexa top one million websites were found to be risky, putting businesses at risk as their users visits these sites. The finding is part of a new report published by Menlo Security entitled “State of the Web 2016: Quantifying Today’s Internet Risk,” where researchers examined key characteristics of the top one million websites, as ranked by Alexa, to determine sources of risk. Last year, Menlo’s …Read More

Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments

Cyber criminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their computer files destroyed are now targeting the unlikeliest group of victims — local police departments. Eastern European hackers are hitting law enforcement agencies nationwide with so-called “ransomware” viruses that seize control of a computer system’s files and encrypt them. The hackers then hold the files hostage if the victims don’t …Read More

Insurance underwriter Beazley: “Ransomware attacks will be four times higher in 2016”

27 Oct inShare The Wall Street Journal is getting the message. They said : “For companies concerned about the soaring number of ransomware attacks–in which hackers take control of data or systems and demand payment to release them–the good news is such ransoms are typically small, often in the hundreds of dollars. The bad news list is longer: These attacks are growing in number and sophistication, encouraged by a high payment …Read More

Don’t Overlook Fine Print on Data Center Contracts

March 26, 2014 – Data Center Dynamics reports, “Top Ten Legal Issues In a Data Center Project”.  Authors discuss the contractual and legal ramifications behind the fine print in data center legal contracts.  They also outline key risks and measures to mitigate them. Read the full article here