WannaCry ransomware
By Jessica Davis 10:16 am October 24, 2017
The computer network of Pinehurst-based FirstHealth of the Carolinas was shut down by a new form of WannaCry last week.
Hackers hate ransomware

The hackers disguised the wiper malware, Petya, as ransomware in order to distract from its real purpose -- to destroy data.

By Jessica Davis 04:27 pm September 20, 2017
While nearly half of hackers are contemplating a ban on the sale of ransomware, new attack methods like those used in WannaCry and Petya demonstrate that it isn’t going anywhere soon.
 Senate IoT security legislation

Orgs should formalize their own medical device security policies because IoT security legislation​ is coming.

By Bill Siwicki 09:47 am September 14, 2017
The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would set minimum standards that are immediately needed.
NHS Lanarkshire hit by ransomware

The NHS Lanarkshire corporate office in the U.K. Photo via Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 12:13 pm August 29, 2017
The Scottish health system is operating under contingency plans, as it works to regain normal operations.
By Jessica Davis 02:25 pm August 03, 2017
Three months after the global attack that infected over 300,000 computers and crippled the UK National Health Services, the cybercriminals behind the outbreak collected their 52.2 bitcoins Wednesday night.
ransomware attack in Europe

Bahnfrend photo via WikiCommons

By Jessica Davis 12:17 pm June 27, 2017
The virulent Petya strain spread by infected email attachments that can reboot and shutdown computers, is wreaking havoc across the globe. The networks of global pharma giant Merck were compromised in the attack, as well as a Pennsylvania-based health system.
WannaCry ransomware Locky
By Jessica Davis 01:57 pm June 22, 2017
It appears the hackers rushed the latest round of the notorious ransomware, since the campaign is currently only able to lock down XP, VistA and other older operating systems.
future WannaCry attacks ransomware
By Bill Siwicki 11:07 am June 20, 2017
Hospital executives must embed security into organizational culture to be ready for the good, bad and ugly of ransomware attacks. And that’s not easy.
Greg Touhill

Greg Touhill, former US CISO, testifies at congressional hearing on Thursday.

By Jessica Davis 10:44 am June 16, 2017
Greg Touhill left the position in February after the Trump transition. The President has left the position, which Obama rated in 2016, thus far vacant.
WannaCry more attacks coming
By Jessica Davis 12:59 pm June 15, 2017
More attacks are coming and they will be much worse, Greg Touhill and other security experts told a House Science subcommittee.

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