Rain's weekly update #33

Antony Semaan

The parking garage used by employees of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) got hit with a ransomware attack. It resulted in their computer system to shutdown which made parking for free.

A consumer spyware vendor that allows people to spy on others cell phones has leaked over 95,000 images and more than 25,000 audio recording on an exposed database where the public is able to access through the internet.

The leading aluminum producer, Norsk Hydro, was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this month which lead to all their systems being forced to shut down. The estimated cost for the cyberattack is about $41 million.

According to a recent report, approximately 70% of the ransomware attacks in 2018 targeted SMB’s with an average ransom demand of $116,000.

A ransomware attack forced two American chemical companies to order hundreds of new computers.

A new study shows that there were over 10 billion malware attacks detected in 2018.

A couple weeks ago, a county in Georgia suffered a ransomware attack. This week, officials in Jackson County, Georgia paid $400,000 in ransom to regain access to their systems.

On March 9th UK’s Police Federation was hit with a ransomware attack that took down their servers. Earlier this week, officials assured the public that no personal data was stolen.

Last month, Florida’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) Network got hit with a ransomware attack. Recently, officials have reported that they’ve paid $6,000 in ransom.