Huntsville school students will not return to campuses for the rest of this week as the school system responds to a computer ransomware attack, the system said today.
Principals, assistant principals, and some operations staff will return Wednesday, and teachers and other employees will return Thursday “to prepare materials for students,” the system said on its website. Curbside meals will be available at some locations Wednesday.
The school system said it is working with local and federal authorities on what is “an active investigation.” An FBI spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the bureau is “involved and working on the case.” No further details were released.
The system said it is working to “determine if any or what information may have been compromised” by the computer system break-in. It said “some families at several campuses may have received phone calls regarding internet access for students. This does not appear to be connected
Industrial computer manufacturer Advantech Co. Ltd. has been hit with a ransomware attack, and those behind the attack are demanding a ransom of 750 bitcoin ($13.8 million).
Based in Taiwan, Advantech is the world’s largest supplier of industrial computers, with a 34% market share as of 2018. The company also manufactures network devices, servers, industrial “internet of things” devices and healthcare solutions.
The attack took place on Nov. 19, according to Taiwanese media with Bleeping Computer, which reported separately Saturday that it involved Conti ransomware. Those behind the Conti ransomware attack are said to have offered full data decryption and a promise to delete the data they had stolen if the ransom was paid with a threat to start releasing stolen data if payment was not made.
By Nov. 26, no payment had been made and those behind the attack released a 3.03-gigabyte archive of Advantech data that they claim
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In the early days of search engine optimization, a variety of black-hat techniques allowed SEOs to dominate the first page of search. Cloaking, keyword stuffing, backlink spam, and other strategies could catapult websites to the first page. But those days are long gone. Google’s algorithms are extremely powerful and can easily result in a negative SEO attack. Not only will black-hat strategies no longer work – they will
PHOENIX (AP) — A internet interruption resulting from a ransomware attack on a hosting provider has limited functionality of the Arizona state court system’s webpage for most of this week, according to the vendor and court officials.
The court system acknowledged the continuing problem in a brief notice on the judicial branch’s azcourts.gov homepage, which on Friday did not display the normal full array of content.
The vendor, Managed.com, said it had an “unscheduled service interruption” that began Monday and continued into Friday.
“On Nov.16, the Managed.com environment was attacked by a coordinated ransomware campaign,” the company said in an online notice posted Friday. “To ensure the integrity of our customers’ data, the limited number of impacted sites were immediately taken offline. Upon further investigation and out of an abundance of caution, we took down our entire system to ensure further customer sites were not compromised,”
Arizona Supreme Court at 1501 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic)
The Arizona Judicial Branch is dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware attack against its internet service provider this week, according to a court spokesperson.
Aaron Nash, spokesperson for the Arizona Supreme Court, said that the impact appears to be limited to information connected with the azcourts.gov website and does not affect individual court or clerk’s offices.
The attack caused portals allowing people to access protective orders, defensive driving classes and seeking other information to be down for periods of time during the week.
He paused in his testimony as he became emotional.
He said he watched video of his son pulling his hand out of his pocket and pointing it at police, pretending he had a gun.
“I was in a state of shock,” he said. “How is this even possible?”
He testified there was no hint of his son being capable of it.
“I’ve seen no history of violence. He is, if anything, he’s always been characterized as a gentle person.”
Minassian’s father said his son had problems from a young age because of odd behaviours. He was in a special education program throughout his schooling. In some subjects, such as math, he was ahead of his peers but in other he was far behind.
Social interaction, he said, “was one of the greatest challenges he had.” He did not recognize facial expressions that reveal other’s emotional state, such
In 2008, researcher Dan Kaminsky revealed one of the more severe Internet security threats ever: a weakness in the domain name system that made it possible for attackers to send users en masse to imposter sites instead of the real ones belonging to Google, Bank of America, or anyone else. With industrywide coordination, thousands of DNS providers around the world installed a fix that averted this doomsday scenario.
Now, Kaminsky’s DNS cache poisoning attack is back. Researchers on Wednesday presented a new technique that can once again cause DNS resolvers to return maliciously spoofed IP addresses instead of the site that rightfully corresponds to a domain name.
“This is a pretty big advancement that is similar to Kaminsky’s attack for some resolvers, depending on how [they’re] actually run,” said Nick Sullivan, head of research at Cloudflare, a content-delivery network that operates the 188.8.131.52 DNS service. “This is amongst the most
On November 2, Capcom’s servers were brought down by “unauthorized access carried out by a third party”.
As Bleeping Computerreport, the group claiming responsibility for the attack say they downloaded around 1TB of data, containing everything from employee’s visa records to customer bank details to “proprietary Business information”.
Capcom, in their own statement, say “at present there is no indication that any customer information was breached”, while adding they are “consulting with the police as well as other related authorities” on both the breach and attempts to restore their servers.
Here’s Capcom’s statement in full:
Beginning in the early morning hours of November 2, 2020 some of the Capcom Group networks experienced issues that affected access to certain systems, including email and file servers. The company has confirmed that this was due to unauthorized access carried out by a third party, and that it
Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels toys, admitted that it suffered a ransomware attack on June 28, 2020. According to a 10-Q form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said the attack “caused data on a number of systems to be encrypted.”
“Promptly upon detection of the attack, Mattel began enacting its response protocols and taking a series of measures to stop the attack and restore impacted systems. Mattel contained the attack and, although some business functions were temporarily impacted, Mattel restored its operations,” the company wrote.
The report is interesting precisely because the attack didn’t actually damage the company. Given that one single variant of the NetWalker ransomware nabbed $25 million from victims this year while another infection effectively killed a patient in a German hospital, the fact that Mattel
Top executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google faced a grilling from lawmakers Wednesday about how they moderate content on their platforms amid concerns about censorship and misinformation in the run-up to the election.
Lawmakers questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai about whether changes should be made to a law that gives the companies broad freedom to choose if and how they moderate user-generated content on their platforms.