CNET: Ransomware froze more cities in 2019. Next year is a tossup

CNET: Ransomware froze more cities in 2019. Next year is a tossup. “When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, it caused a power outage affecting nearly 8 million homes and workplaces, including the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The building’s computers couldn’t turn on, but police were still making arrests, and his office still needed to prepare cases for trial. So his staff turned to pen and paper, writing out criminal complaints by hand and, on some nights, by candlelight. The natural disaster cost New York City about $19 billion. What could be equally devastating for the city? According to Vance, the scourge of ransomware.”

Bleeping Computer: New Chrome Password Stealer Sends Stolen Data to a MongoDB Database

Bleeping Computer: New Chrome Password Stealer Sends Stolen Data to a MongoDB Database. “A new Windows trojan has been discovered that attempts to steal passwords stored in the Google Chrome browser. While this is nothing unique, what stands out is that the malware uses a remote MongoDB database to store the stolen passwords.”

Krebs on Security: 110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

Krebs on Security: 110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack. “A ransomware outbreak has besieged a Wisconsin based IT company that provides cloud data hosting, security and access management to more than 100 nursing homes across the United States. The ongoing attack is preventing these care centers from accessing crucial patient medical records, and the IT company’s owner says she fears this incident could soon lead not only to the closure of her business, but also to the untimely demise of some patients.”

Krebs on Security: Ransomware Bites 400 Veterinary Hospitals

Krebs on Security: Ransomware Bites 400 Veterinary Hospitals. “National Veterinary Associates (NVA), a California company that owns more than 700 animal care facilities around the globe, is still working to recover from a ransomware attack late last month that affected more than half of those properties, separating many veterinary practices from their patient records, payment systems and practice management software. NVA says it expects to have all facilities fully back up and running normally within the next week.”

Ars Technica: Official Monero website is hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware

Ars Technica: Official Monero website is hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware. “The official site for the Monero digital coin was hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware to users who were downloading wallet software, officials with GetMonero.org said on Tuesday.”

4WWL: Louisiana responding to ‘ransomware’ attack; some online services down for several days, governor says

4WWL: Louisiana responding to ‘ransomware’ attack; some online services down for several days, governor says. “The Louisiana government was hit with a ‘ransomware’ cyber attack Monday, which led to the state shutting down servers that affected the Office of Motor Vehicles and other state services, officials said.”