Hollywood Reporter: Local TV Programming Disrupted as Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack

Hollywood Reporter: Local TV Programming Disrupted as Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack. “Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, resulting in dozens of local newscasts and other programming being pulled off the air Sunday and Monday. Sinclair is one of the largest owners of local TV stations in the U.S., operating 184 stations in 86 markets. The incident began on Sunday, with a source saying that emails and corporate phone lines were also taken down, complicating the incident further.”

The Register: White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency

The Register: White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency. “The 30-nation gabfest convened under the auspices of the US National Security Council’s Counter-Ransomware Initiative has ended with agreement that increased regulation of virtual assets is required to curb the digital coins’ allure to criminals. A joint statement issued after the event’s conclusion opens with anodyne observations about the need for good infosec, international collaboration, and the benefits of private sector engagement.”

NBC News: Ransomware hackers find vulnerable target in U.S. grain supply

NBC News: Ransomware hackers find vulnerable target in U.S. grain supply. “All three known victims are Midwestern grain cooperatives that buy grain from farmers and then process, store and resell it for uses like livestock feed and fuel. The attacks, in which organized cybercriminals lock up organizations’ computers and demand ransom for a program to unlock them, has slowed the distributors’ operations, hampering their ability to quickly process grain as it comes in.”

University of Texas at Austin: Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox

University of Texas at Austin: Ransomware Attacks Are Another Tool in the Political Warfare Toolbox. “Strategic inaction on the Kremlin’s part is an inducement to experiment with malicious software aimed at Western targets. There are documented instances of individuals and groups being co-opted by Russian security and intelligence services. The state provides them legal protection and occasional targeting guidance in exchange for information and corrupt material gains. In this way, ransomware has entered the Gray Zone. This is a realm where plausible deniability is achieved because of the cooptation and weaponization of private proxies.”

A Hospital Hit by Hackers, a Baby in Distress: The Case of the First Alleged Ransomware Death (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: A Hospital Hit by Hackers, a Baby in Distress: The Case of the First Alleged Ransomware Death. “When Teiranni Kidd walked into Springhill Medical Center on July 16, 2019, to have her baby, she had no idea the Alabama hospital was deep in the midst of a ransomware attack. For nearly eight days, computers had been disabled on every floor. A real-time wireless tracker that could locate medical staff around the hospital was down. Years of patient health records were inaccessible. And at the nurses’ desk in the labor and delivery unit, medical staff were cut off from the equipment that monitors fetal heartbeats in the 12 delivery rooms.”

NBC News: The battle between the U.S. and ransomware hackers is escalating

NBC News: The battle between the U.S. and ransomware hackers is escalating. “The White House is taking additional steps to encourage ransomware victims to alert the federal government, just as the hackers behind those attacks are threatening victims from doing so. The moves mark an escalation between the Biden administration, which has vowed to crack down on criminal hackers who try to extort Americans, and ransomware gangs, which have proven resilient to efforts to stop them.”

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do. “Some schools contacted about the leaks appeared unaware of the problem. And even after schools are able to resume operations following an attack, parents have little recourse when their children’s information is leaked. Some of the data is personal, like medical conditions or family financial statuses. Other pieces of data, such as Social Security numbers or birthdays, are permanent indicators of who they are, and their theft can set up a child for a lifetime of potential identity theft.”

Inside Genesis: The market created by cybercriminals to make millions selling your digital identity (CBS News)

CBS News: Inside Genesis: The market created by cybercriminals to make millions selling your digital identity. “The Genesis Market is an easy-to-use online shop that sells login credentials, cookies and device fingerprints, website vulnerabilities and other sensitive data that help hackers thwart security protocols. Security researchers warn that the market, along with other criminal sites, have become an important tool for hacking organizations to carry out these attacks.”

Washington Post: Howard University cancels online, hybrid classes as it investigates alleged ransomware attack

Washington Post: Howard University cancels online, hybrid classes as it investigates alleged ransomware attack. “Online and hybrid courses will remain suspended Wednesday at Howard University following what officials have described as a ransomware cyberattack. But hands-on courses — such as lab classes or clinicals for nursing students — will resume, officials said Tuesday afternoon.”

Ars Technica: Why ransomware hackers love a holiday weekend

Ars Technica: Why ransomware hackers love a holiday weekend. “Really, ransomware hackers love regular weekends, too. But a long one? When everyone’s off carousing with family and friends and studiously avoiding anything remotely office-related? That’s the good stuff. And while the trend isn’t new, a joint warning issued this week by the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency underscores how serious the threat has become.”

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack. “Peterborough, a town of just over 6,000 residents, is located in southern New Hampshire, about 35 miles west of Manchester. [Tyler] Ward and [Nicole] MacStay said town officials learned on July 26 that the ConVal School District, which serves Peterborough and eight other surrounding towns, had not received its monthly $1.2 million transfer form the town.”