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    Frustrated parents have lashed out at the Los Angeles school district after an unprecedented shutdown of its computer systems following a massive cyberattack. Password changes for 540,000 students and 70,000 district employees were discovered late Saturday night, spurring urgent talks with the White House and the National Security Council. Los Angeles Unified School district confirmed it had detected 'unusual activity in its Information Technology systems over the weekend' but had the situation under control. Parents have lashed out at the Los Angeles school district (pictured) after a massive cyber attack 'Since the identification of the incident, which is likely criminal in nature, we continue to assess the situation with law enforcement agencies,' they wrote in a statement. 'While the investigation continues, Los Angeles Unified has swiftly implemented a response protocol to mitigate Districtwide disruptions, including access to email, computer systems, and applications. 'This communication is being published after extensive, required vetting and approval by a number of entities and agencies.' One parent claimed everything platform they used was crashing and couldn't access an avenue to rectify the issue  Disgruntled parents...
    A cyberattack brought down the computer systems of the Los Angeles Unified School District over the weekend, but officials said late Monday night that schools would open as scheduled Tuesday morning. The attack took the district’s website offline, eliminated access to email and reportedly affected systems that teachers use to post lessons and take attendance. “Since the identification of the incident, which is likely criminal in nature, we continue to assess the situation with law enforcement agencies,” the district stated in a release. “While the investigation continues, Los Angeles Unified has swiftly implemented a response protocol to mitigate districtwide disruptions, including access to email, computer systems and applications.” Officials said they are working around the clock to solve the problem before Tuesday morning, when school resumes after the Labor Day holiday. “Business operations may be delayed or modified,” the district stated. However, “based on a preliminary analysis of critical business systems, employee healthcare and payroll are not impacted. Nor has the cyber incident impacted safety and emergency mechanisms in place at schools.” Federal officials are helping the district investigate and...
    A technical problem brought down computer systems in the Los Angeles Unified School District over the holiday weekend, taking the website offline, eliminating access to email and reportedly affecting systems teachers use to post lessons and take attendance. Officials said they are working around the clock to solve the problem and did not anticipate issues to carry over into Tuesday, when school resumes after the Labor Day holiday. “Los Angeles Unified is experiencing technical issues of an external source that have disrupted access to some of our computer systems, including email,” officials said in a statement. “Our teams are working to investigate what happened and remediate all issues. We are working around the clock to restore systems to full operational capacity.” “In the meantime,” the district statement continued, “students, teachers and parents may temporarily not be able to use some services as they normally would. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.” There was no indication of what caused the problem. A record heat wave continues to sizzle across Southern California and beyond, causing strain on the region’s...
    OTC Terry Hand, a CIS Instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, partnered with the Doty Wealth Management Team of Wells Fargo Advisors to do cybersecurity training as part of their monthly “lunch and learn” for clients. In his presentation titled “Security Awareness in the Modern-Day World – Protecting Your Information / Identity,” Hand discussed different ways to secure your computer, personal files, and identification including topics on usernames, passwords, encryption, antivirus, updates and more. “The truth is that we live in a technological society that functions on the backbone of computer systems,” said Hand. “Computers are everywhere, and we have come to depend on them. Identity theft is higher than ever as cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated and more of our data is becoming available in a digital format online.” Hand also discussed at length different methods to securing mobile devices, the dos and don’ts of using public wi-fi, and how to avoid phishing scams and social engineering tactics designed to steal your information. A two-time instructor of the year at OTC, Hand...
    Hackers developed software that could access computer systems used in energy facilities, officials said on Wednesday, but did not specify a hacking organization. The technology was apparently able to provide hackers “full system access” to the networks used and also “disrupt critical devices or functions,” including road management systems and security systems, the Daily Mail reported. The alert was from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy (DOE). Authorities warned of possible issues regarding devices from Omron Corp. and Schneider Electric, but did not say in what country the malware was created. Per the Mail report, “Cybersecurity experts who analyzed the tech said it likely originates from Russia.” In October, Russian-backed hackers reportedly set their sights on President Joe Biden’s supply chain woes as a chance to further hurt the nation’s economy, according to Microsoft. “Earlier in the year Biden had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to plead with him to influence the hackers within his country to stop carrying out attacks on American organizations,” Breitbart News reported...
    Hackers likely funded by a foreign government have developed software capable of accessing computer systems used by energy facilities - a breach that could 'disrupt key infrastructure sites' across the globe- federal officials warned in an advisory Wednesday.  The technology, officials said, is capable of allowing hackers 'full system access' to networks used by the facilities, and 'disrupt critical devices or functions' such as road management systems, traffic signal controllers, and security systems. The bulletin - which did not name the hacking group- was sent jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Energy Department. Officials specifically warned about potential disruptions to devices made by companies such as Omron Corp. and Schneider Electric, which both provide energy - including electricity - and automated digital services to millions across the globe.  The agencies did not indicate in what country the malware had been developed, and referred to the organized group of suspects as 'advanced persistent threat actors,' a phrase often used to describe state-backed hackers. Cybersecurity experts who analyzed the tech said...
    Security pros say it's one of the worst computer vulnerabilities they've ever seen. Firms including Microsoft say state-backed Chinese and Iranian hackers and rogue cryptocurrency miners have already seized on it. The Department of Homeland Security has sounded a dire alarm, ordering federal agencies to urgently find and patch bug instances because it's so easily exploitable — and telling those with public-facing networks to put up firewalls if they can't be sure. A small piece of code, the affected software often undocumented. Lodged in an extensively used utility called Log4j, the flaw lets internet-based attackers easily seize control of everything from industrial control systems to web servers and consumer electronics. Simply identifying which systems use the utility is a challenge; it is often hidden under layers of other software. The top U.S. cybersecurity defense official, Jen Easterly, deemed the flaw "one of the most serious I’ve seen in my entire career, if not the most serious" in a call Monday with state and local officials and partners in the private sector. Publicly disclosed last Thursday, it’s catnip for cybercriminals and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new online threat could make businesses, governments and consumers vulnerable to cyberattacks. Now security experts are racing to get ahead of criminals. It surrounds a utility called Log4j, which is used in a range of devices, including smart watches, TVs, gaming consoles, printers, smart thermostats and cloud services. READ MORE: COVID Pandemic Has Led Healthcare Providers To Rethink How They Deliver Care To Community“This particular issue is extremely widespread just because it’s so common and used in many, many applications,” said Mark Ostrowski. Ostrowski, who is with the cybersecurity firm Check Point, says hackers have already tried to use the flaw to gain access to around half of the corporate networks worldwide. Now businesses, tech companies and governments are implementing patches to block them. “Very quickly it’s been fixed across multiple, multiple platforms,” said Ostrowski, “as well as cybersecurity companies have created protections against these things.” READ MORE: Bridge Prep Academy Of Village Green In Kendall Placed On Precautionary Code Red LockdownBut it’s possible networks have already suffered a breach. “This is at a scale that...
    Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS / iPadOS, Android, and ChromeOS. If we have to list the most popular and widespread operating systems, they all fit on our fingers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t more operating systems out there, original and different systems that despite not being present they are still part of the history of computing. We are going to review some of those operating systems. Some are systems that practically do not make sense but that exist on the pure initiative of their creators, but there are some that could well have entered as a great platform and did not do so due to corporate decisions that did not come to fruition. BeOS While Windows and macOS had not yet found a way to translate multitasking into their graphical interfaces, BeOS appeared with a window system and use of several programs at the same time that we can all recognize in today’s desktop systems. BeOS was launched in 1995, created by former Apple employees Jean-Louis Gassée and Steve Sakoman after four years of work. If Apple hadn’t ended up...
    Posted: Jul 11, 2021 12:43 GMT A spokesman for the municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld said that the offices of the institution will remain out of service next week because of what happened. The district council of the municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in the federated state of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), has declared this Saturday the first “cyber catastrophe” in the country, after suffering a computer attack on the entity’s systems, reports Reuters , citing the federal cybersecurity watchdog (BSI). “We are almost completely paralyzed“said a council spokesman, adding that the entity’s offices will remain out of service next week because of what happened. The municipality did not disclose further information on the identity of the alleged perpetrator of the cyber attack and did not elaborate on a possible ransom demand, noting that the police investigation is ongoing. For its part, the BSI indicated that it has already been sent to a crisis team to the affected region and detailed that other governments locals were also victims of hackers. However, they did not classify these attacks as catastrophes. Security sources indicated...
    The Republican National Committee is denying its computer systems were breached by Kremlin-backed hackers.  On Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for the RNC slapped down reporting from Bloomberg that said members of the hacker group 'Cozy Bear' breached the political party's computer systems last week. 'Over the weekend, we were informed that Synnex, a third party provider, had been breached,' RNC Chief of Staff Richard Walters said in a statement. 'Our team worked with Microsoft to conduct a review of our systems and after a thorough investigation, no RNC data was accessed.'     The Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. The RNC pushed back on a report out Tuesday that its computer systems were breached by Kremlin-linked hackers  Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Richard Walters said Tuesday night that 'no RNC data was accessed' after a Bloomberg report came out saying that the third-party company Synnex had been targeted by Kremlin-backed hacker group 'Cozy Bear'  'We will continue to work with Microsoft, as well as federal law enforcement officials on this matter,' Walters added.  'Cozy Bear' is tied to Russia's foreign...
    MOSCOW (CBS SF/AP) — Ukrainian police say they have uncovered a ring of computer hackers responsible for cyberattacks that included targeting personal data and financial records at the Stanford University Medical School and the University of California. Six members of the gang, known as Cl0p, were arrested and a number of computers, cars and about $185,000 in cash was seized. The hackers also allegedly attacked four South Korean companies in 2019 with an encryption virus that blocked internal servers and employees’ computers. Police video posted on Youtube shows Ukrainian police officers conducting many of the 21 raids, arresting individuals, seizing luxury cars and counting stacks of $50 and $100 U.S. dollar bills. The alleged Stanford breech was part of a larger national cyberattack on universities and organizations revealed in April 2021 that used a 20-year-old file transfer appliance to gain access to the medical school’s database, the university said in a statement. “Stanford University School of Medicine has learned that cybercriminals have claimed they have stolen some School of Medicine data. … We are investigating this incident and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- An internal computer systems malfunction has caused the New York lottery to pause prize payments.The service says it's working to reestablish the system.All wages have been recorded.Organizers say those with tickets less than $600, purchased on or before Saturday, can be paid at a retailer.Everyone else with a winning ticket will be able to redeem them once the system is fully recovered.The New York State Lottery does $10 million in sales annually, so they have a lot of data to process.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Hackers breached several computer systems of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest mass transit agency that daily carries millions of people in and around New York City.The intrusion was discovered in late April when hackers linked to the Chinese exploited security flaws in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN that allows employees to connect remotely to their employer's network.The cyberattack impacted three of the transit agency's 18 systems. None impacted operations, the MTA said."The MTA quickly and aggressively responded to this attack, bringing on Mandiant, a leading cyber security firm, whose forensic audit found no evidence operational systems were impacted, no employee or customer information breached, no data loss and no changes to our vital systems," Rafail Portnoy, MTA Chief Technology Officer said. "Importantly, the MTA's existing multi-layered security systems worked as designed, preventing spread of the attack and we continue to strengthen these comprehensive systems and remain vigilant as cyber-attacks are a growing global threat."The hackers did not gain access to systems that control subway cars or commuter rail trains and at no time was...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A computer outage which caused delays at airports across the U.S. late Thursday night and early Friday morning, including at Los Angeles International Airport, appears to have been resolved. An outage caused major delays at Logan Airport in Boston, Mass., on May 21, 2021. (CBS Boston) Travelers posted photos to social media of long lines at multiple airports. Logan Airport was hit especially hard, CBS Boston reported. According to CBS News reporter Kris Van Cleave, the glitch appears to have been caused by a third-party travel technology company called Sabre, which runs the reservation systems for American Airlines, JetBlue Aireways and Alaska Airlines. An LAX spokesperson told CBSLA that seven LAX flights were delayed, but the system was brought back online sometime before 3 a.m. Friday. No LAX flights were canceled. “We confirm there has been an outage of the Sabre system, impacting several customers. However, the issue is now fully resolved, and we will take all necessary measures to prevent a recurrence,” Sabre said in a statement Friday morning. Cleave reports that when Sabre’s system...
    The CEO of Colonial Pipeline has publicly admitted to paying off the DarkSide ransomware gang, offering the first glimpse into how the largest ever cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure unfolded.  Colonial CEO Joseph Blount admitted to paying the hackers $4.4 million just hours after the attack crippled key systems in the company -- yet the pipeline remained offline for a week. 'I know that's a highly controversial decision,' Blount told the Wall Street Journal of the decision to pay ransom to the hacker gang that disabled the 5,500-mile pipeline system that supplies the East Coast with fuel.  'I didn't make it lightly. I will admit that I wasn't comfortable seeing money go out the door to people like this,' he said. 'But it was the right thing to do for the country.'  Colonial CEO Joseph Blount admitted to paying the hackers $4.4 million just hours after the attack crippled key systems in the company -- yet the pipeline remained offline for a week Station outages as of Wednesday morning are seen above following the hacking attack His remarks amount...
    Ireland's health service shut down its computer systems on Friday after facing a highly sophisticated cyberattack on its IT infrastructure. The Irish Health Service Executive said there was a “significant ransomware attack” on its IT systems on Friday but did not give any further details on who conducted the attack or why. “We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us [to] fully assess the situation with our own security partners,” the HSE said in a tweet Friday. The attack comes hot on the heels of another major cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline in the United States, which significantly slowed gas delivery in Southeastern states this week. NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM OFFERS $50-A-MONTH INTERNET DISCOUNT FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS Ireland's coronavirus vaccination program has not been disrupted due to the attack yet, and scheduled appointments to get jabbed are expected to go ahead as planned, but the website for registering new appointments is no longer working, according to CNBC. With the systems down, doctors are unable...
    Ireland's health service said Friday it had shut down its computer systems after experiencing a "significant ransomware attack," a week after the largest U.S. fuel pipeline network was also targeted. The Irish attack was blamed on international criminals and was said to be targeting healthcare records, but officials said patient safety wasn't at risk. "We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us (to) fully assess the situation with our own security partners," the Health Service Executive (HSE) said. "We apologize for inconvenience caused to patients and to the public and will give further information as it becomes available," it added, stressing Ireland's coronavirus vaccination program was unaffected and "going ahead as planned". Another ransomware attack last Friday forced the shutdown of the United States' largest fuel distribution system, leading to some panic buying and long lines at many gas stations in the Southeast. Some ran out of gas. Moscow has rejected U.S. accusations that a Russia-based group called...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Haverhill School Department is just the latest local victim of cyber hackers, and ransomware. Cyber criminals get into a computer network, and freeze it, then demand money to free it up. “It basically encrypts your data on a computer and makes it unusable, until you pay the ransom,” said FBI Special Agent Dave Farrell. READ MORE: I-Team: Revere Residents Upset Over New Parking Meters, Lack Of Outreach The cyber-criminals have targeted municipal computer systems, schools, even police departments, demanding money to get their systems working again. “What is it that you have that is most valuable to you, is what these ransomware actors are interested in,” Farrell said. “They’re interested in a quick payday.” READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Baker, Sununu Targeted By EMILYs List In Plymouth, they have spent time and money on training to make sure the ransomware doesn’t get them. “That helps put all of us, the staff, every one of us, in a better position to spot threats, it changes our behavior so we’re looking for that, we’re not as...
    GETTING malware, such as a virus, on your computer can be a nightmare, and can cause all sorts of problems. But there is all sorts of malicious software out there to be wary of - so what actually is malware, and what should you look out for? 8There are all sorts of malicious software that can attack your computer and corrupt or steal your personal dataCredit: Getty Images - Getty What is malware? The term malware is short for malicious software, and it describes a range of programmes like viruses, trojans and worms. These programmes are created and used by cyber-criminals to destroy, or allow hackers to access, other people’s computers or services. It is the malicious intent behind the malware that makes the programmes a problem. It is likely that most computers or systems will face malware infection at some point. 8Malware can be very dangerous - and can be very costly to get rid ofCredit: Getty Images - Getty How dangerous is malware? Malware is potentially very dangerous - it has been used to steal banking information, bring...
    A person using Instagram.Lorenzo Di Cola | NurPhoto via Getty Images Pugs, Ferraris, mountains, brunches, beaches, and babies — Instagram is full of them. In fact, it's become one of the largest image databases on the planet over the last decade and the company's owner, Facebook, is using this treasure trove to teach machines what's in a photo. Facebook announced on Thursday that it had built an artificial intelligence program that can "see" what it is looking at. It did this by feeding it over 1 billion public images from Instagram. The "computer vision" program, nicknamed SEER, outperformed existing AI models in an object recognition test, Facebook said. It achieved a "classification accuracy score" of 84.2% when it attempted a test provided by ImageNet, which is a large visual database designed for use in visual object recognition software research. Basically, it tests whether an AI program can identify what's in a photo.New approachWhereas many AI models are trained on carefully labelled datasets, Facebook said SEER learned how to identify objects in photos by analyzing random, unlabeled and uncurated Instagram images....
    Triple Take: Where does Cory Sandhagens flying knee rank in MMA history? The worst money mistakes a person can make Hacker Boosts Toxic Chemical Level 100-Fold at Water Plant (Bloomberg) -- A hacker breached computer networks at a Oldsmar, Florida, water treatment plant, remotely delivering a 100-fold boost in a chemical that is highly dangerous in concentrated amounts. © Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg A gamer plays video games on a laptop computer at the Dreamhack digital festival in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Dreamhack is the world\'s largest digital festival and meeting place for gamers, fans and e-sport enthusiasts. In an attack with the potential to harm public health, the hacker on Feb. 5 gained access to a city computer and changed the level of sodium hydroxide -- which is used to remove metals and control acidity -- from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million, according to Bob Gualtieri, who serves as the sheriff of Pinellas County. Load Error This is a “significant and potentially dangerous increase,” Gualtieri said at a Monday press conference....
    Ticketmaster has agreed to cough up $10 million to avoid prosecution on charges that it repeatedly accessed a smaller rival’s computer systems in order to “choke off” the competition. Ticketmaster will escape prosecution on a litany of federal raps — ranging from wire fraud to computer intrusion — for three years. It also agreed to implement controls to better protect against employee hacking, according to the deal finalized Wednesday before Brooklyn federal court Judge Margo Brodie. Prosecutors said the alleged spying occurred between 2013 and 2015 when a Ticketmaster executive offered his boss access to his old company’s computer systems. That employee, who sources say is Stephen Mead, joined Ticketmaster’s Artist’s Services division in Aug. 2013 after working for two years at UK-based startup Songkick, whose assets were later purchased by Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. The feds say that Mead, who could not be immediately reached for comment, shared his old Songkick passwords with his new boss at Ticketmaster, Zeeshan Zaidi, and others at the company. “Screen grab the hell out of the system,” he...
    More On: ticketmaster Ticketmaster exploring new COVID rule — and it’s a showstopper Safety Dance! ‘No moshing’ when concerts resume: industry group Yankees fan, Mets fan team up to sue MLB over coronavirus-canceled games Aging emo kids flood Ticketmaster for My Chemical Romance reunion Ticketmaster has agreed to cough up $10 million to avoid prosecution on charges that it repeatedly accessed a smaller rival’s computer systems in order to “choke off” the competition. Ticketmaster will escape prosecution on a litany of federal raps — ranging from wire fraud to computer intrusion — for three years. It also agreed to implement controls to better protect against employee hacking, according to the deal finalized Wednesday before Brooklyn federal court Judge Margo Brodie. Prosecutors said the alleged spying occurred between 2013 and 2015 when a Ticketmaster executive offered his boss access to his old company’s computer systems. That employee, who sources say is Stephen Mead, joined Ticketmaster’s Artist’s Services division in Aug. 2013 after working for two years at UK-based startup Songkick, whose assets were later purchased by Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live...
    By Christopher Bing (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump in his first comments about a widespread data breach across the U.S. government downplayed the seriousness and impact of the cyber espionage campaign. "The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality," Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. "Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)." (Reporting by Christopher Bing; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Diane Craft) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Russia, United States, crime, Europe
    More On: russia It’s ‘pretty clear’ Russia did it, Pompeo says of massive U.S. government hack attack Hacked networks will need to be burned ‘down to the ground’ How Nancy Pelosi kowtows to lawyers and other commentary Durbin: Alleged Russian hack ‘virtually a declaration of war’ The worst may be yet to come as the Department of Homeland Security continues to untangle the damage done by the cyberattack on the SolarWinds server software that put federal and private computer systems at “grave risk.” The full range of the intrusions, which began in March, “have not yet been discovered,” Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) admitted in a Thursday bulletin. “We’re still unpacking precisely what it is,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Friday during an interview with Mark Levin — where he pinned the blame on Russia for the first time since news of the incursion broke Dec. 13. Multiple federal agencies, including the Pentagon, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and Homeland Security itself, were compromised by the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Greater Baltimore Medical Center confirmed Sunday evening they detected a ransomware incident that brought some of their systems down earlier Sunday. They said the incident impacted their information technology systems, but that they have a “robust processes” in place to maintain “safe and effective patient care.” Computer Network Incident Update for @GBMCHealthcare. pic.twitter.com/rFvQE7cEsG — GBMCMedia (@GBMCMedia) December 7, 2020 They said there is no evidence that any patient information has been misused and they are working with outside experts and law enforcement for the investigation. Their investigation, however, is still in its early stages, and some procedures scheduled for Monday may be affected. All patients whose procedures may be rescheduled have already been contacted, GMBC said. This incident is yet another of ransomware attacks that has recently hit the Baltimore area. All Baltimore County Public Schools closed last Wednesday after the school system was hit with a ransomware cyber attack. The district said its entire network system was inaccessible after an unknown actor took over and demanded ransom. This story was originally written on Sunday,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Greater Baltimore Medical Center confirmed Sunday evening they detected a ransomware incident that brought some of their systems down earlier Sunday. They said the incident impacted their information technology systems, but that they have a “robust processes” in place to maintain “safe and effective patient care.” Computer Network Incident Update for @GBMCHealthcare. pic.twitter.com/rFvQE7cEsG — GBMCMedia (@GBMCMedia) December 7, 2020 They said there is no evidence that any patient information has been misused and they are working with outside experts and law enforcement for the investigation. Their investigation, however, is still in its early stages, and some procedures scheduled for Monday may be affected. All patients whose procedures may be rescheduled have already been contacted, GMBC said.
    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A spokesman for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center says the medical center’s computer system has experienced a disruption. WBAL-TV reported it happened early Sunday. The medical center’s spokesman tells the station the network disruption affected information technology systems. John Lazarou says while many of the systems are down, GBMC HealthCare has processes in place to maintain safe and effective patient care. Lazarou says GBMC is responding according to its policies. He did not have further details, but he told the station more information would made be made available when GBMC could provide it. The medical center is located in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Delaware, Maryland, Associated Press
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Delaware County says critical systems have been restored following a computer hack that compromised part of its network last week. The county says the security breach was caused by malware, and that they are working to determine what, if any, information was compromised. Sources tell Eyewitness News the hackers demanded a ransom to give up control of the network and that the county couldn’t access police reports, payroll, or other databases and files. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Stimulus Package Update: Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Plan COVID In New Jersey: With Vaccine On Horizon, Gov. Phil Murphy Confident State Ready For Distribution Police Asking For Help Identifying Suspect Believed To Behind Series Of Crimes In Montgomery, Camden Counties
    TOWNSON, Md. (AP) — A state audit released this week concluded that the computer network of Baltimore County public schools did not safeguard sensitive personal information and had other serious risks. The Office of Legislative Audits released the report of the assessment Tuesday, the day before the school district’s network was shut down by a ransomware attack, the Baltimore Sun reported. The audit states that 26 publicly accessible servers located within the district’s network instead of being isolated in a separate network “could expose the internal network to attack from external sources” if compromised. “Significant risks existed within BCPS’ computer network,” the auditors wrote based on fieldwork conducted between May 2019 and February. “For example, monitoring of security activities over critical systems was not sufficient and its computer network was not properly secured.” The ransomware attack has left 115,000 students without classes as the district shifted to remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school system has not provided a timeline for when classes will restart. The district’s chief of staff, Mychael Dickerson, did not directly respond Thursday to...
    Manchester United has been unable to fully restore its computer systems a week after being targeted in a cyberattack. The Premier League club's staff still did not have access to email on Thursday night, and some other functions were also unavailable. “Following the recent cyberattack on the club, our IT team and external experts secured our networks and have conducted forensic investigations,” United said in a statement. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The club said it would not comment on who was “responsible for this attack or the motives." United has staged two games at Old Trafford in the days since being forced to shut down parts of the computer network. “This attack was by nature disruptive, but we are not currently aware of any fan data being compromised," the club said. "Critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remained secure and games have gone ahead as normal.”
    Ransomware attacks often strike local government computer systems, which poses a challenge for protecting elections. PRImageFactory/iStock via Getty Images Government computer systems in Hall County, Georgia, including a voter signature database, were hit by a ransomware attack earlier this fall in the first known ransomware attack on election infrastructure during the 2020 presidential election. Thankfully, county officials reported that the voting process for its citizens was not disrupted. The attack follows on the heels of a ransomware attack last month on eResearchTechnology, a company that provides software used in clinical trials, including trials for COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines. Less than a week after the attack in Georgia was revealed, the FBI warned that cyber criminals have unleashed a wave of ransomware attacks targeting hospital information systems. Attacks like these underscore the challenges that cybersecurity experts face daily – and which loom over the upcoming election. As a cybersecurity professional and researcher, I can attest that there is no silver bullet for defeating cyber threats like ransomware. Rather, defending against them comes down to the actions of thousands of...
    The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released a report on Wednesday addressing the ongoing threats that hackers pose to American hospitals. In September, hackers successfully hobbled the computer systems at over 250 medical facilities operated by Univeral Health Services. According to a report by the Associated Press, cybersecurity experts within the United States government are concerned that hackers pose a significant threat to the American healthcare system. Several institutions, such as hospitals and universities, have been on the receiving end of ransomware attacks over the past several months. During a ransomware attack, the hackers take control of the victim’s computers. The victim is then required to hand over a substantial sum of money to the hackers in order to regain control of their computer systems. Breitbart News reported in July that the University of California, San Francisco, paid $1 million to ransomware hackers to regain control of their computer systems. The more recent case of Universal Health Services included the computer systems of hundreds of facilities becoming unusable for an extrended period of time. The government report details the threat posed...
    Christopher Dobbins has been sentenced to federal prison for hacking his former employer and sabotaging their electronic shipping records, causing more than $200,000 in damage and delaying the shipment of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As businesses worked to get PPE into the hands of those most in need of it, Dobbins chose to hack his former employer and maliciously interrupt that process,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “His actions caused delays in the delivery of desperately needed equipment in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.” “During the height of a world-wide pandemic this defendant disrupted the distribution of critical medical supplies to health care workers on the front lines of the battle,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “This swift and efficient result sends a message that anyone who puts the lives of American citizens at risk will be pursued and punished for their egregious behavior.” According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: In...
    (CNN)Six Russian military officers were charged on Monday for hacking into software using destructive malware to black out thousands of computers and cause nearly $1 billion in losses, actions that the Justice Department says were intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize worldwide computer networks.The alleged hackers are officers of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Justice Department said.Prosecutors said they attacked Ukraine; the country of Georgia; elections in France; efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent, Novichok, on foreign soil; and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games after Russian athletes were banned from participating under their nation's flag, as a consequence of Russian government-sponsored doping effort. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a federal arrest warrant for each of these defendants upon the grand jury's return of the indictment."The defendants' and their co-conspirators caused damage and disruption to computer networks worldwide, including in France, Georgia, the Netherlands, Republic...
    The Justice Department announced charges against Russian military hackers on Monday, indicting them for their alleged role in Russian cyberattacks targeting the United States, Ukraine, Georgia, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and more to advance the Kremlin’s interests around the world. The 50-page indictment unsealed on Monday was returned by a Pittsburgh grand jury last week, less than a month before the 2020 election. Investigators said the six officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate — or “GRU” — who face charges “engaged in computer intrusions and attacks intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: Ukraine; Georgia; elections in France; efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent, Novichok, on foreign soil; and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games after Russian athletes were banned from participating under their nation’s flag, as a consequence of Russian government-sponsored doping effort.” “No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously or irresponsibly as Russia, wantonly causing unprecedented damage to pursue small tactical advantages and to...
    Microsoft has taken down a major hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to go on, CNN reported on Monday. Microsoft said it obtained a federal court order to disable the IP addresses connected with the servers of Trickbot, a malware network that criminals use to launch other cyberattacks. Microsoft said it also cooperated with telecom providers worldwide to fight Trickbot. The Washington Post reported that the move was made in tandem with an offensive by U.S. Cyber Command in an attempt to disrupt the cybercriminals. Microsoft said its efforts signal a "new legal approach" that may help authorities combat the network in the future, CNN reported. The company said that Trickbot is dangerous because it offers hackers the ability to inject vulnerable computers with other malware, including ransomware, which could be a risk to websites that have election information. "Adversaries can use ransomware to infect a computer system used to maintain voter rolls or report on election-night results, seizing those systems at a prescribed hour optimized to sow chaos and distrust," Tom Burt, Microsofts...
    Washington (CNN Business)Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue. The company said Monday it took down the servers behind Trickbot, an enormous malware network that criminals were using to launch other cyberattacks, including a strain of highly potent ransomware. Microsoft said it obtained a federal court order to disable the IP addresses associated with Trickbot's servers, and worked with telecom providers around the world to stamp out the network. The action coincides with an offensive by US Cyber Command to disrupt the cybercriminals, at least temporarily, according to The Washington Post.Microsoft (MSFT) acknowledged that the attackers are likely to adapt and seek to revive their operations eventually. But, Microsoft said, the company's efforts reflect a "new legal approach" that may help authorities fight the network going forward.Trickbot allowed hackers to sell what Microsoft said was a service to other hackers — offering them the capability to inject vulnerable computers, routers and other devices with other malware. Read More"Adversaries can use ransomware to infect a computer system used...
    (CNN)Universal Health Services, a large hospital system with more than 400 locations across the country, was still working Tuesday to get its network and operations back online after a cyberattack early Sunday morning. "We are making steady progress with recovery efforts," the Pennsylvania-based company said in a statement late Tuesday. "Certain applications have already started coming online again, with others projected to be restored on a rolling basis across the U.S."Cyber attacks are increasingly all about financial gain, report saysThe company said it "experienced an information technology security incident in the early morning hours of September 27, 2020," and as a result it was forced to shut down its entire computer network, impacting patient data, laboratory systems and clinical information."Patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively," the company's statement noted, adding that at the moment there's "no evidence that patient or employee data was accessed, copied or misused."Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist at George Washington University Medical Center, a UHS acute care hospital impacted by the attack, told CNN it may take several days to reset the system....
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Medicine will resume normal operations “in days" following a cyberattack that shut down computer systems early Sunday, health system officials said. Officials described the outage in a statement Thursday as a “significant information technology system downtime event. It led to the postponement of appointments for patients with elective procedures or other non-critical health concerns, The Omaha World-Herald reported. The statement, which was provided by Dr. James Linder, Nebraska Medicine’s chief executive officer, said that the system’s emergency rooms have remained open, and no patients were diverted to other hospitals. “People have done a yeoman’s job in making sure we deliver good patient care,” Linder told the newspaper. No patients’ electronic medical records were deleted or destroyed, thanks to the system’s back-up and recovery processes. The statement did not include any further information about the attack’s nature, extent or origins, nor did officials address whether patient medical or financial information had been exposed. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Nebraska
    Computer models are showing Friday that at least one of the several systems coming off the coast of Africa have the potential to get close the U.S. later next week — something we will have to closely monitor as we are heading into peak hurricane season. At least one of these storm systems could get near the U.S., according to computer models. (Fox News) Record-setting heat will be dangerous for much of the U.S. today through the weekend. Temperatures will soar 20-25 degrees above average over California and parts of the Southwest, while excessive heat warnings are in effect for the next several days. Temperatures are expected to soar across California and parts of the southwestern U.S. (Fox News) Red flag warnings are also up as the hot and dry conditions will bring the potential for fire danger. The national forecast for Sep. 4, 2020. (Fox News) A frontal boundary draped from the Northeast down into the southern Plains will be the focus for showers, thunderstorms and the risk of flash flooding through the weekend. Cooler, drier air...
    Elon Musk says his brain-implant agency Neuralink will showcase a “working machine” at a extremely anticipated Friday occasion. Musk introduced the reside demonstration on Twitter early Wednesday, apparently referring to the brain-machine interface — a tool that will hyperlink human brains to computer systems — Neuralink has been growing because it launched in 2017. The tech tycoon additionally indicated that Neuralink will unveil the most recent model of a high-tech robotic it’s constructed to surgically implant electrodes that will let people management computer systems with their minds. He mentioned in February that the brand new machine can be “superior” in comparison with an earlier model Neuralink introduced final yr. Musk — the billionaire mogul behind Tesla and SpaceX — has supplied scant element concerning the occasion since he set a date for it final month. He prompt in a July 30 tweet that Neuralink deliberate to “present neurons firing in real-time,” with out elaborating on what that meant. Neuralink’s formidable mission goals to pack 1000’s of tiny electrodes hooked up to versatile “threads” into an implantable machine that would...
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