BetaNews: Ransomware posing as a coronavirus app is threatening people for money

BetaNews: Ransomware posing as a coronavirus app is threatening people for money. “The coronavirus pandemic has created some confusing times. Trying to get a better handle on the situation, some people have looked to mobile apps to track the spread of the disease. These users were shocked to find they had accidentally installed a malware app instead.”

Fresh virus misery for Illinois: Public health agency taken down by… web ransomware. Great timing, scumbags (The Register)

The Register: Fresh virus misery for Illinois: Public health agency taken down by… web ransomware. Great timing, scumbags . “As the world tackles the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, ransomware creeps have knocked offline a public health agency’s website that served nearly a quarter of a million people in the US.”

Neowin: Malicious Coronavirus tracking app for Android locks users out of their device

Neowin: Malicious Coronavirus tracking app for Android locks users out of their device. “If you are thinking of installing an app on your Android device from a third-party source to keep track of the coronavirus outbreak, think again. It has been discovered that CovidLock posing as a COVID-19 tracking app is a malicious ransomware Android app in disguise that is locking users out of their phones.”

Washington Post: Hackers are seizing on coronavirus fears to steal data, researchers and U.S. regulators warn

Washington Post: Hackers are seizing on coronavirus fears to steal data, researchers and U.S. regulators warn. “Chinese hackers have used fake documents about the coronavirus to deliver malicious software and steal sensitive user information, according to a report Thursday from researchers documenting a growing wave of cybercrime exploiting fears about the global pandemic.”

Wired: How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer

Wired: How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer. “John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom.”

CBR: Casinos in Las Vegas Hit by Suspected Ransomware Attack

CBR: Casinos in Las Vegas Hit by Suspected Ransomware Attack. “Slot machines in two Las Vegas casinos were out of action for almost a week in an incident that bears all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack. Investigations are currently underway by the Nevada State Game Control Board, which told us it is ‘actively monitoring the situation’.”