Hackers Exploit Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerabilities

January 17, 2018

Cyber Criminals Use Processor Vulnerabilities to Spread Malware

Once security issues go global, cyber criminals tend to exploit them for their own gain.  It happened with the global ransomware treats, NotPetya, BadRabbit and WannaCry.  Hackers used fraudulent decryption keys to spread malware.  Now, they’re using malicious Meltdown/Spectre “patches” to spread malware.

Indiana Hospital Resorts to Paper Filing After Ransomware Takes Down SystemsThis is Your Second Item

January 15, 2018

Update, 1/16/2018: Hancock Regional Hospital ended up paying the ransom demand of $55,000.  Officials are still reporting patient data was not breached.  Officials did report the 1,400 files that were encrypted were backed up, and could have been replaced.  Although, they believed it would be more cost effective to pay the ransom demands to regain system accessibility and functionality in a faster manner.  After receiving the decryption keys, systems were back up and running.  However, there are still a few glitches in the system which are projected to be fixed in upcoming weeks.

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